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Old 10-13-2011, 09:04 PM   #41
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Re: 2 or more in ft daycare? how much a month?

Currently, we're paying $835/mo for my 14 month old. My 3 year old was able to start at a community preschool at our local elementary school this year. That has saved us about $100/mo for him as we are now only paying $647/mo for him for 5 day preschool and after care. However, meals are not included in that so for him we have the added cost of lunches. So right now combined we are paying $1484/mo. Which is much cheaper than what we were paying at our last center for both of them. We are expecting our third. When she comes we will pay an additional $925.

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Old 10-14-2011, 01:07 PM   #42
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Re: 2 or more in ft daycare? how much a month?

I am consistently surprised at how cheap childcare is for most of you. I know it's still a big chunk of the monthly budget for many, but I would consider yourselves lucky. At the daycare centers around here, it is between $200-225 per week PER CHILD for full-time care. We would be paying about $1700 per month once the baby comes, if I was still working full-time.
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Old 10-14-2011, 01:32 PM   #43
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Re: 2 or more in ft daycare? how much a month?

I've been interested in this information. I keep reading "you're lucky" and I'm thinking I would be working full time as RN in private practice to pay for my baby and hopefully another within the next year to be in daycare and only bring home a few hundred dollars a month. Also, because of my work, I never know for sure when I'm going to go home, so I could likely incur late charges or hubby would have to rush to pick up on time. Add to that we'd only end up with about 1 hour wake time per evening with our daughter and it just doesn't seem worth it! However, I'd love to keep another child in my home just to better socialize our daughter and help with expenses. I love being home with baby - the best thing in the whole wide world!
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Old 10-15-2011, 02:07 PM   #44
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Re: 2 or more in ft daycare? how much a month?

The downside to lower cost-of-living daycare rates is that the wages there are so much lower.

The costs do seem to go up faster than everything else, though - we just moved from a low cost-of-living area to a high one and went from paying $600/month to $1800/month - that was a steeper increase than our rent!
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Old 10-17-2011, 10:35 AM   #45
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Re: 2 or more in ft daycare? how much a month?

When I was looking for daycares for my infant and (almost) 3 year old about 6 months ago, the least expensive daycare I found was $1400 a month for both of them. I couldn't justify spending 80% of my monthly income on daycare, so I ended up leaving my job to stay home with my boys.
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