Here’s a great suggestion for anyone struggling to pay for child care over the summer – barter and trade. Elissha Park of “The Broke Mom’s Guide to Everything” wrote an article for Time Magazine explaining how she cut her child care expenses by 70% with a babysitting swap.
She asked her sister-in-law (a stay-at-home mom) and a good friend who was a teacher home on summer break, to watch her son for one day a week. In return, she agreed to watch their children on weekends. That way, she only needed to pay for three days of daycare for the summer.
She also planned a family vacation and her parent’s came to visit for a week, further reducing the time and costs of daycare.
Some other tips:
- Swap out pricier specialty camps for church or community camps.
- Share a sitter with a neighbor and split the costs.
- Enlist the help of friends and relatives; they might be good backup emergency child care, even if it is only for an hour or two.
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