Thursday, May 29, 2008

I can't afford another baby!

Holy cow! Maggie's school just handed out registration forms for next year's school year with increased prices beginning August 1st. Her tuition is being raised by $40! Looking at the price sheet, I had a bit of sticker shock. Infants are $975 a month!! Luckily, Maggie's is less because of her age, but seeing this has Andrew confirming his belief that no more child are going to happen for at least two years.

Between that and gas prices, I'm going to be in the poor house! Thank goodness I'm happy with the school.

Maybe when Maggie is getting ready for kindergarten we can consider baby Scott #3!


Tracy said...

975.00 a month! Who can afford that? It makes it so hard for people to go back to work if they've stopped for any reason. Most people just can't afford prices like that for childcare. Do they at least give some type of a "break" if you have more then 1 child using the same facility?

Anonymous said...

For more years than not over the past 8 years, my daycare bill has been more than my mortgage.

And we're not talking about Texas cost of living mortgage. We're talking about New England size mortgage.

There's a reason why we've gone on exactly 1 trip vacation in 8 years. 3 kids = no money.


I hear you!

Nikki said...

I hear ya! I pay over $900/month right now and the girls are only at the daycare 3 days a week!!! It's about to get even higher b/c we're changing visitation with their dad. If it weren't for my parents letting the girls and I live with them, I don't know how I would ever be able to afford it!

Adrianne said...

If you say you can't afford another kid you will never have one. That is because kids are expensive. PLAIN AND SIMPLE!! We paid $17,000 in daycare last year for 2 kids! Thank goodness my oldests starts kindergarten in August and we will just be paying for afterschool care! We will feel like millionaires!! Sometimes you just have to bite the bullet and go for it!! Be poor while you are young and then rich when you are old! That is what we are doing! :)

Stacy said...

I'm finally leaving a comment after all this time. I read Beth's post and I totally agree!

I hear ya on the expensive of kids! I have 8-month-old twins and all I can say is ouch! Between child care and formula I'm lucky I can pay my cable bill. Although my deep love for DVR makes me scrounge for dimes and nickles every month! LOL!

PS - I LOVE fries from the Wing Stop. I'm in Illinois and I had no idea it was all over the country. They also have great blue cheese that I like to dip the fries in. I don't like eating off the bone either so I always make my husband get me the more expensive boneless kind.

HollyH said...

UM....hence me being 38 with no kids YET. With my debt and all my payments, it would be highly irresponsible for me to have one now. When everyone says, "you'll never be totally ready"...I have to remind myself that I need to pay a lot more of my debt DOWN before taking on a responsibility that great! My hat goes off to ALL moms! I'm content being the best aunt I can be to the best nieces and nephews ever!

Angie said...

I can't imagine paying $975 a month for childcare!!! WOW. I thought paying $120 per month for 3 day a week pre-k for my 3 year old was high. I wonder how many people are actually making money working once they factor in expenses such as child-care, gas, car upkeep, etc. Fortunately, I'm able to stay home with my 3!

Rachel said...

Jenny -

We waited to have our 2nd until my girlie was in Kindergarten. (There was no way we could afford to send both to daycare full time.)
And now I have a great helper who loves her brother to pieces!!

There is nothing wrong with waiting, it took us a long time to decide we wanted to have another baby after our first one.

Jen said...

Jumping right in with my first or second post. Daycare costs are crazy! Right now, I am working 3 nights a week (12 hour shifts) as an ER social worker, so I can be home during the day with our 3 girls, and then my husband is home with them the nights I work. The plus to that is of course, no daycare costs. The drawback is less time together as a family. I don't know if there is ever a win-win situation.

My younger sister and I are 5.5 years apart and have always been very close. Not that my opinion on your child spacing matters, but I thought I'd throw that in there :)

Anonymous said...

I feel your pain. We were paying $1800 a month for our two girls to be in daycare in Seattle. After 6 months of working to pay for daycare I bit the bullet and became a stay at home mom! Luckily where we live now they have full day Pre-K at a reduced price and next year my oldest starts Kindergarten so that is one less cost to worry about.
That is exactly why we are holding out on entertaining the idea of baby #3!

Carolein said...

I hear ya! When my hubby left Active Duty, we moved in with my parents (and yikes, we're STILL here! But the reasoning for that is my dad lost his job a few months ago and we're trying to help out with the mortgage, etc). Anyway, I feel lucky that I've been able to have my mom and sister watch my son (I watch my sister's 2 month old baby girl when she works from 5:30-9:30am)while I work a part time job. Kids ARE expensive (but I love my son!)!!

As for the waiting for kid #2, we're definitely looking more at around the time our son is 4-5 years old. I think waiting til he gets to kindergarten would be a GREAT idea! Seeing Maggie was born 4 1/2 months after my Jason, maybe we'll be pregnant at the same time again, LOL!!

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proudmommy said...

I have 3 kids in daycare right now and pay $508 dollars A WEEK. It is rediculous, but I work for the health benefits (teacher). Next year I am going part time and we are dropping out of daycare and covering with family and friends. I am paying out more than I am bringing in right now, Crazy, I know. On the flip side, the 3rd came much sooner than we had planned and turned out to be the easiest, best baby of the three. I can't imagine if we had waited. We wouldn't have our Macy:)