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10 Things You Will Spend Money On Once You’re Done Paying For Daycare

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So, your kids are older and you are done paying for daycare. How many years did you spend writing huge checks to daycare and fantasizing about what you would do with all of that extra money?! How many times did you calculate all of the baller stuff you could afford if not for the daycare bill? My husband and I could have leased three luxury SUV’s for the monthly cost of our two kids in daycare. We could have gone to Tahiti twice a year. We could have paid a mortgage on a whole other house. Now that we are not paying for daycare anymore because of my new work-at-home situation and the kids being in full-day school, I am still not seeing that extra money in our budget. The fact is, older kids cost a lot of money too. It might not be formula and diapers but it’s still significant. It’s pretty amazing to me how quickly it’s been absorbed and all of those things I thought we could start buying just aren’t happening. Maybe it’s because of the below list of things we are paying for now that we are done paying for daycare:

1. Sign-Up Fees For Kid’s Sports Teams

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Now that our kids are older, they are starting to join more teams and holy hell, between sign-up fees and equipment we spend more than I ever could have imagined.

2. Allowance For Your Kids

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Kids need their own dolla dolla bills, ya’ll! Only they can’t work yet so it’s YOUR dolla dolla bills for now.

3. New Shoes…For Your Kids

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Because they outgrow them every three months and sometimes, destroy them well before that.

4. Taking Your Kids To See A Movie

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Have you been to a movie theater lately? We spent $80 between the four of us last summer seeing a movie and buying popcorn. If you want your kids to be the only ones not going to the latest Disney craze then I guess you can avoid this ridiculous expense.

5. Orthopedic Bills For Your Kid’s Broken Arm

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Our daughter broke her arm this past spring and we blew through our HSA and then some. Such fun!

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25 Comments

  1. Katherine Handcock

    October 2, 2014 at 5:55 pm

    #1 – this is why I am forever grateful that my parents have decided to pay for activities for the kids rather than buying a bunch of gifts at Christmas and birthday. At each occasion the kids get one little gift, but their gymnastics and summer day camps and other stuff they want to try is covered for the year. It is seriously an awesome arrangement, that they suggested, and I can’t thank them enough for it.

    • notTakenNotAvailableWTFDisqus

      October 2, 2014 at 7:23 pm

      And you then have fewer toys to clean up. Your parents are either brilliant, love you just as much as their grandchildren, or both!

    • Katherine Handcock

      October 2, 2014 at 8:56 pm

      Both! And it really is awesome. The kids get to do so much more than we could afford for them to do 🙂

    • Valerie

      October 2, 2014 at 7:32 pm

      That is a great idea!!!

    • RhianFloreykum

      October 3, 2014 at 12:46 am

      my Aunty Arianna recently got a superb Ford Fiesta just by some part-time working online with a computer.see it here WORK AT HOME

    • Emily Wight

      October 2, 2014 at 8:56 pm

      Please email my parents. PLEASE DO IT NOW.

    • Katherine Handcock

      October 2, 2014 at 8:56 pm

      You have my permission to cut and paste that into an e-mail, if it helps 😉

  2. WriterLady

    October 2, 2014 at 6:43 pm

    Eek! This is a little depressing. We are in our last year of daycare/preschool. We just have one son and live in a small Midwestern city, so the cost isn’t outrageous, but it’s still a good chunk of money. I think the ages of 6-10 or 11 might not be so bad. But the teen and preteen years will definitely trump the infant/toddler/preschool years. Braces are really expensive, if needed…that one really stood out. We will probably get a used car when he is 16 or 17…if he is responsible enough and is involved in a lot of activities and has a weekend or summer job. And clothing definitely becomes much more expensive. Fun times ahead!

    • Emily A.

      October 2, 2014 at 8:07 pm

      But OH THE BIRTHDAY PARTIES.

    • Bunny Lou

      October 3, 2014 at 5:22 am

      Another big thing about braces is you may want to hold off on them. My orthodontist (at least, my new one) has at least a dozen patients who had braces as children/preteens/teens and are now coming in as adults because adter growing impacted wisdom molars their teeth have become severely crowded

      So save the money and the humiliation and wait until they’re about twenty with either healthy wisdom teeth or gone wisdom teeth

  3. Spongeworthy

    October 2, 2014 at 7:41 pm

    THE GROCERIES. Good lord. Why do I feel like I’m at the grocery store every 3 days? And my son thinks I live in the kitchen. It feels pretty accurate right now.

    • Katherine Handcock

      October 2, 2014 at 8:55 pm

      We are going through about 10 -12 litres a week of milk (that’s 2.5-3 gallons for you non-metric folk) and my husband and I don’t drink the stuff – a little bit on the cereal every morning is it. My kids are 5 and 3. I’m pretty sure we should just set up a pipeline from the dairy with a meter on it, like when you’re on city water.

    • Spongeworthy

      October 2, 2014 at 9:28 pm

      We easily go through 2-2.5 gallons a week. My husband and son are both big milk drinkers. My son especially gets VERY excited when he sees the milkman pull up to the house.

    • biggerthanthesound

      October 3, 2014 at 11:55 am

      Word… i’m buying a gallon probably every other day. I’m thinking about getting a cow.

  4. Emily Wight

    October 2, 2014 at 8:57 pm

    Oh god, why am I crying? Why can’t I stop crying.

    I sincerely hope my kid is one of those bookish nerds who doesn’t do sports. Like me, I guess, but with brighter prospects for the future.

    • NotTakenNotAvailableWTFDisqus

      October 2, 2014 at 9:24 pm

      I was one of those bookish nerds, and I didn’t do school sports!

      …I did skiing. Which requires like eight million individual pieces of cold-repelling equipment, plus the exorbitant cost of lift passes. And since it was quite obvious from early on that I was never going to make the US Ski Team, the payoff was that my parents wound up with a kid who has great core strength during the winter months. Totally worth the thousands of dollars, I’m sure!

    • chill

      October 3, 2014 at 8:24 am

      I have a bookish nerd and she likes robots and Legos. Know how much robot parts, Lego sets, or even worse a Lego robot cost?

  5. C.J.

    October 3, 2014 at 12:59 am

    I think I may go broke just from shoes for 2 kids. The only shoes that my kids don’t destroy in 6 weeks are Nike’s. Since they need shoes to wear outside and shoes to wear inside at school I can either buy 24 pairs of cheaper shoes a year or 4 pairs of Nike’s. I can’t buy them Wal Mart or Payless shoes at all, they last 2 weeks. They both tap everywhere and are very hard on their shoes. Then there is the dance shoes. Tap shoes alone are $90 a pair. Between rec classes and competition shoes they each need 6 to 8 pairs of shoes every year. Daycare was cheaper than what they cost now for sure.

  6. chill

    October 3, 2014 at 8:27 am

    And when they near that cut-off age for the kids menu? We’re teetering on that edge now. “Slump in your seat, honey, so you look smaller”

  7. val97

    October 3, 2014 at 8:48 am

    For us it was: After-school care, activities, and summer camp.

  8. Lilly

    October 3, 2014 at 10:50 am

    you lie, once my son is in school this is how my life will be I know it (insert sarcasm font):

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