(Closed) Childcare Costs?

posted 8 years ago in Babies
Post # 18
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

Daycare here in NYC/Hoboken starts at $1800 a month for infants. Our nanny is slightly more than that. The cost is absurd.

Post # 19
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Honey bee

Ugh, this makes me so sad. I dont know how we will ever afford kids. The average cost around here is equal to our monthly mortgage payment.

Post # 20
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

@Bostongrl25:

Trust me, you’ll find room in the budget. The one I’m looking at now is more than our mortgage payment!

Sad reality of having kids!

Post # 21
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Honey bee

@regberadaisy: I know, thats what everyone says. I guess I just cant see how its a possibilty.

Post # 22
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

We live in Chicago and pay TWICE our rent for daycare. There were cheaper options but we loved this place. The cost is slowly killing us though.

Post # 23
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2007

I’m just outside DC, and the centers I looked at were mainly in the $1600- $1800/month range.

@red_seattle : One problem with trying to cut down on costs by sending your kid to fewer days of daycare is that this isn’t an option at many day care centers, particularly for infants. I would have gladly gone down to just 3 or 4 days in the office, but none of our “finalists” for care centers had the option of sending an infant for anything less than 5 days/week. A couple of ones we didn’t like as much had the option of “splitting” a full-time spot with another family (i.e. one family gets MWF, the other gets TuTh), but you end up paying far more per day that way.

Post # 24
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 2011

Our sitter babysits Mon-Friday and it is about 35 dollars a day which breaks down to 700 a month.

Post # 25
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

My 2.5 year old is in daycare full time (Suburb of Cleveland) and we pay $225/week or $11,700 a year.

 

I used to live in Philly, and that seems on par there.

Post # 26
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Busy Beekeeper

My girlfriends who use childcare in Brooklyn pay any where from $175-$225 for one kid per week. And i think thats for the basic, meals, playing (but not any formal “teaching classes”. In the city the price jumps.

@KellyV: Yep I know, my boss sent her son to this fabulous day care in Montclair, I mean this thing was like the Tiffany’s of daycares. I freaking wanted to go there. 5+ years ago it was about $1,600 per month, so now I’m sure its $1,800 like you quoted.

Post # 27
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2010

I am in the same position as you. NOt pregnant, but starting to research costs to feel it out a little.

In NYC, the lowest price I was able to find for an infant in full time daycare is $2,400/month. None of them post prices online though so I had to email a few to find that out. Nanny services start at around $500/week although I think that data is a little old so it’s probably even more now.

If Darling Husband and I were to have a baby now, we would literally have to use our savings to help pay for daycare costs. And we both make 6 figure salaries. There is DEF something wrong with this picture..

Post # 28
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Yowza, it seems as though it might be cheaper in some circumstances to be a Stay-At-Home Mom rather than pay for childcare.

Post # 29
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

@KellyV:

fricking NYC prices. I am actually frightened by what this will mean for us. I just don’t want to spend more than $1500. When I lived inBrooklyn, I think I could have found something for that price, but now I’m in Long Island City and it is all sooooooo expensive. Aaaarrggghh!

Post # 30
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

@MrsMcGyro: I feel you. I am very underpaid, so at the prices some have quoted, my ENTIRE paycheck would go to daycare. Even we managed to find quality care for HALF my check, why would we do that? After daycare, I’d be bringing home less than minimum wage – and is minimum wage worth being away from our baby all day, every day? It just sucks because I would want to go back to work eventually, and in my field the gap in my resume will crush my chances. But what else do you do, except try like hell to find a much higher earning job?

 

Post # 31
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I’m starting to look around for daycare now, and it looks like we’ll wind up paying somewhere between $1000 and $1500 per month for good infant daycare.  Unfortunately we don’t have any family in the area so 5 days per week of daycare is a necessity for us.  We could hire a nanny, but that would be an even greater financial burden.  (We’re in the San Francisco Bay Area.)

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