Tips Series: Budgeting Tips for Families and Individuals Who Pay Daycare CostsBy Contributor • Apr 1st, 2011 • Category: Budget
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For families or individuals who pay for daycare so that they can work, they all understand that money can be tight, and that childcare can be expensive. Some families can get a break when their children attend school during the year, and end up only paying for childcare in the summertime. While school and education costs can be expensive, the tight rope that childcare pulls in the summer can really be felt in the summer time. While some families may pay around 0-0 a month, other families are paying close to 0/month or more for childcare. This is where a budget must be created, and a possibility to even see if the daycare costs are even worth the costs for the working individual. Be sure that you are just not working to pay for childcare and unable to pay other important bills within your household.
While the school year is going on, and your young children are at class instead of daycare, there are ways you can begin saving for the summer, so that your budget isn’t as tight, and there still will be extra money for bills and household needs. One idea to begin saving for childcare is to continue putting the money that you normally might pay for daycare into savings. Continue to “pay childcare” without actually paying it. Deposit the amount that you would normally pay into another separate account, so that it is available for the summer time. While summer time is only 2-3 months, you would only need just a few months of savings to cover this expense. If you are unable to put the amount that you pay for daycare back, because of education costs, you could always put back half the cost that you would pay for daycare too.
If you find that money is tight to purchase necessities and household goods such as toilet paper, soap, shampoo, trash bags, cleaning supplies, or pet food, you could begin stocking up early on these items. Purchase more packages of toilet paper when it is on sale, or purchase a case that would last throughout some of the summer. Stock up on beauty supplies by purchasing larger containers or family size editions that would get you through a month or two. By purchasing these needs ahead of time, you could save money by not having to purchase the full quantities during the summer.
Another idea is to save back money so that you can purchase your needs for the summer time. If you find that saving money for daycare costs is to difficult, try saving back for household and beauty items instead. Record the amount that you spend on all household items and then add a few dollars more for extra purchases that might come along. By saving an extra /month during the school year, there should be plenty to get you by during the summer time. And if there is money leftover, then you could use it as an end of summer treat, or perhaps even to take an inexpensive family outing for the summer. Some ideas for quick family outings could be a picnic at an area park with trails, or even a movie night for the family and friends.
Just by saving -/month or stocking up on extra household and beauty supplies, it can be possible to get by while paying for childcare costs. While the summer time might be a little bit tighter, there’s no reason why it should have to be a hard season. Summer time should be relaxing and families shouldn’t have to stress out from extra necessities and costs that have been added to the budget. The main idea is to plan ahead, so that you won’t be searching for those coins you might have lost under the sofa, or your bed.
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