Ways to Save on Childcare
Posted on Wednesday, February 5th, 2014 at 8:00 am
Whether you’re a working mom or a stay-at-home mother we all need a day off every once in a while! Unfortunately childcare is something that is not only pricey, but it’s something mothers don’t want to skimp on! However, just because a certain babysitter or service is expensive that doesn’t necessarily mean they are better than other alternatives. If you’re hunting for the perfect solution to balancing cost-effective childcare and quality we’re here to help.
How to Save on Childcare
1. Phone a Friend or Family Member
Besides being loved ones friends and family members make great sources of reliable and trustworthy childcare. If you live near family and friends you would trust your children with be sure to ask if they can watch your child. Offer to pay them for their services, gas expenses, or even return the favor! Whatever your friend or family member desires in return is likely to be less than an hourly babysitter. Furthermore, think of the value of bonding with a relative or family friend that your children might not see regularly.
2. Childcare Group
Creating or joining a childcare group is a fantastic option if you know mothers around your same age with children the same age as yours. Get a group of women together who have similar childcare needs and work out how you can help each other. For example, say there is a group of 3 mothers and a total number of 3 children. Each mother can watch the group’s children one day thus giving the other mothers the day off. Each day a different mother would be responsible for watching the group’s children, or you could even switch off by week. With this option you wouldn’t necessarily need to pay for childcare out of pocket considering every mother would be returning the favor.
3. Advertise on Church or Community Boards
Instead of going with an ultra-expensive and professional babysitting service, try enlisting the help of your young community members. Advertising on church or community boards could give a young babysitter their start in the world of childcare. What is great about this option is that you can interview each possibility and negotiate wages yourself; take experience, age, length of time per babysitting, etc. into account. If your babysitter applicants are on the younger side be sure to talk to their parents about the job. See if the parent will be present when the babysitter is watching your children and go over your expectations for the job.