4 Budget Childcare Ideas for the Summer

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Worried about what to do with your children now that school's out? Here are 4 budget childcare ideas for the summer months so you don't have to stress.Childcare is easy to come by when your child goes to school for about eight hours each day, but what’s a parent supposed to do when summer rolls around?

Your kids are excited to take a break from school, but summertime also means they’ll be home, wanting to be entertained all day long.

If you’re worried about the expense of childcare during the summer, here are some affordable ideas. You’ll save money, and your kids will have fun. It is a win-win for everyone.

1. Work Around Your Schedule

This may not be a viable option for every family, but if you and your spouse can move your work schedules to different hours, you can tag team child care and work. This is obviously ideal for individuals with flexible work schedules.

Talk with your boss to discover if there’s a possibility for temporary nights or part-time telecommuting. Even if you can work 10 hour days and get one day off a week, you’ll cut your child care costs. Balancing this work and child care schedule will be challenging, but it’s only for a few months.

2. Hire a College Babysitter

The cost for summer camp is pricey, and you usually have to pay more for field trips, lunches, and extra activities. Let’s not forget all of the stress that’s added to your day by trying to get kids dressed and off to summer camp before heading to work, as well as picking them up and doing the dinner scramble when you get home.

A college-aged babysitter is an affordable option for summer child care. They’re old enough to drive your child around to do fun summer activities, like visit the park or the movies, and they can even do some light cleaning and meal prep. This will help take some of the stress off your shoulders.

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3. Friend and Family Bartering

If you know a stay at home mom or have a family member that stays home, ask them if they would be willing to help you out this summer. Of course, it’s best to sweeten the deal by offering weekend babysitting or by paying them.

A good example of this would be to have your sister-in-law who is a stay at home mom watch your kids for one week. Then the next week, when you take your family vacation, you can take her kid(s) along, too.

4. Use Vacation Time

If you have vacation time to use, then take off and have fun with your kids. I recently read a website that mentioned using vacation time wasn’t the best option since it’s a waste to spend it on babysitting. Seriously!?

These are your kids; enjoy them while you still can. Your kids might drive you crazy if you take a week or two off with them, but if you make the most of the time, you’ll be creating sweet memories together that they’ll hang onto when they’re older.

Even though it can be hard to balance work and child care during the summer months, don’t take your frustration out on your kids. Kids want a break too, and they would prefer to spend time with their family rather than being driven to different camps each week. Remember this and keep your kids’ best interests in mind when you choose an affordable summer child care option.

How do you afford summer camp or summer child care?