Ok, ticked off entry follows.
Why, oh WHY is daycare so darn expensive????????
This summer, Princess will need all day care, since I have to work all day. She will have to go to the daycare at 7:00 a.m. and will be there until 5:00 p.m. I hate that she has to go, mainly because that is a SUCKY way of spending your summer vacation. Yes, my day care does do fun activities and she will have playmates, but she won’t be able to do the “sleeping in” thing and utter leisure, etc. The best parts of summer vacation, in my humble opinion.
On top of THAT, and even more worrisome, is the PRICE of said daycare. Keep in mind that I have done my research and compared the cost of other day cares, including home day care providers, and for the level of service I am getting (which is pretty darn high), my day care is the least costly. I have also looked into day camps, including the YMCA. They are all more expensive per week than my day care. There are home day care people who will watch Princess for less than $150 a week, but they are not licensed and not in a good neighborhood where I’d feel secure about Princess playing outside. So my day care is still the winner on the price and quality issues.
But it is *still* going to cost $600 a month! I will outlay $1800 during the 3 months of this summer for day care.
That is one month’s worth of my take-home pay. So basically I’m going to work 3 months, and lose 1 month’s worth of pay just to send my child somewhere I don’t want her to go!
I would quit my job right now if I could. But we are so close to getting these debts paid off, and when we do, then I can stay home and not have to worry about my income anymore. Also, after the summer is over, we are not going to need after school day care anymore, so the expense will be gone completely at that point. Princess is starting middle school and we have decided that we will let her come home from school every day for that hour before I get home. She is very responsible, I have no worries about her being at home by herself for short periods of time. We have been slowly introducing her to that concept, starting with 10 minutes, and working our way up to more time.
During the school year, I am currently paying $300 a month for before and after school care. So when her day care expense is gone, I am going to invest most of that money into letting Princess pursue some of her interests, like guitar lessons, karate, and perhaps even horseback riding. I figure, it’s already earmarked for Princess, I’ll just keep it that way and help her expand her horizons.
Here’s another thing that is going on. As of 1:30 p.m. today, my husband and BIL could go on strike at any time. My husband, his brother, and their dad are all union employees, and talk about one broke-assed family when they go on strike! LOL. It’s a necessary evil. The company is trying to rake us over the coals. However, it will be a rough road for us, managing with only the minimal “strike pay” that our husbands will be bringing home.
I have been told they will bring $50 per week home the first 2 weeks, then $200 a week for the next 2 weeks, and then $300 a week thereafter. Ok, to some that may seem like a lot and we are truly grateful for even that, but it will be an adjustment when your husband brings quite a bit more than that home every week usually. But we’ve made it on practically nothing before and we are quite experts at it.
It’s just that we had moved beyond the “scraping around for pennies” phase in our lives, and it sucks to return there, even temporarily.
However, I am optimistic about the future. This will be a frugal summer any way you look at it, but we had a family meeting last night and discussed it. We made a list of free, cheap and special treat activities we could do this summer and we have planned out June’s activities – we planned our weekly “Family Fun Nights” and weekends, planning around paychecks and other scheduling issues. I am excited about camping in the backyard by the fire pit, and bike riding at Kensington Park, and kite flying, and going to the sprinkler park.
I am looking forward to my husband’s broken foot healing, and lots of time logged on the jetskis.
I am looking forward to our special treat trips to the Zoo (packing our own lunches of course).
I am looking forward to buying some plastic molded chairs and stuff for my porch, and making pretty chair pads to make them so comfy, and sitting there of an evening listening to the cicadas when they appear (I figure I should just accept them because they’re coming whether I want them or not) and brushing them off me in droves LOL.
I am looking forward to my nephew’s wedding in July.
I’m anticipating our game nights, and our little slumber parties in the living room, etc.
You can have so much fun, and not spend a dime. Life is beautiful.
We will be ok, I guess we have to accept things like unexpected or unpleasant expenses. This won’t last forever, and after the trial by fire, we are going to be so much better off than we were at this time!
As Charles Swindoll said, “The lens of fear magnifies the size of the uncertainty.”
I am not afraid of our future, I know we’re going to be ok.
I am truly grateful for everything that I have now, and if I never get any more, it would be ok, because I have enough, and I have more than I need.
One more thing, a really nice thing to close down this mostly negative and ranty entry.
This morning, we go outside to our cars and I pass a plant in my backyard that I haven’t identified yet. It’s a hosta-type plant, with these tall stalks that are flowering with purple flowers. Some of the petals are growing upward, and the outside petals and pointing downward. Anyway, they are quite lovely and I exclaimed over them this morning “How beautiful!” and I leaned over and smelled them “And they smell great too!” and my husband said, “Yep, just like you – beautiful.” Then he kissed me and smelled me, and said “But I think you smell better.”
🙂 I love that man.