Holy Cow! Summer Camp is rediculously expensive

posted 3 years ago in Parenting
Post # 2
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

That would be cheap around here. But yes, summer camp is  not easy on the wallet. Remember that you can count it towards the child care tax deduction, if you qualify for it.

Post # 3
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

Today is the last day of school here and I’m already counting down until school starts again!  LOL  My kids are old enough to stay home but they drive me crazy during the summer!

Post # 4
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Is that day camp or sleepover?  Luckily for me, between visiting the ex, ex’s family, my family and my vacation time, I don’t have to pay for camp. The kids are busy all summer.

Post # 5
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

Yeah, private day camp is insanely expensive. If you’re really spending $800 a week, you could probably find a local sitter/teacher who wants a full time summer job and pay way less than that. I understand that camp has its advantages too, though, since they’re with other kids and kept active.

Post # 6
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - Easton's Beach Rotunda Ballroom

Mrs.Sawyertobe:  Ouch! Don’t know if your employer offers this but (since it’s too late for the current plan year) look into the Dependent Care Flexible spending Account. It covers child care services such as summer day camp up to your child’s 13th birthday. If you’re unfamiliar with the FSA you set aside pre-taxed dollars to be reimbursed tax free. You can also speak to your tax specialist about the dependent care tax credit. 

 

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

Mrs.Sawyertobe: Is that $400 / child / week, or $200 / child / week? Is it sleep away camp?

Where I’m from, $200 / child / week is the same cost as infant childchare, so I’d consider it cheap. 

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

WOWzers.  I cannot fathom spending that much a week per kid.  My dd wants to go to a one day ‘camp’ in July (we got the info from her gymnastics academy).  And for one day with lunch and snack and activities and pool, it’s $17.  LOL.  Plus $6 per family member that wants to accompany her and utilize the pool (it’s at like a private country club type place).  Not bad. 

I wanted to look into summer mid school vacation camp for my son at the children’s museum but remember thinking it was pretty pricey and it was nowhere near $400.  

Post # 11
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Mrs.Sawyertobe:  Wha! that’s insanly cheap.  Who eles is gonna feed and take care of your kid 24/7 for about 30 bucks a day?!  

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I pay 4x my normal rate for summer care which comes out to about $1200 for 3 months. Plus they want to do sleepover camp. So I do a HUGE bake sale where my FI and I collect pre-orders from work and then we also set up a stand outside FMILs house on a busy street. We net about $800 which covers the week of sleepaway camp for each, plus whatever supplies they need. We just finished our second year and, even though its a LOT of work, its totally worth it. Especially since there’s no way I could make it happen otherwise.

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