What do you do when you need a job but don't have a babysitter an can't afford daycare?

Chastity - posted on 07/29/2010 ( 17 moms have responded )

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I stay at home rite now with my 8 month old daughter. I love staying home with her, however its not getting ower bills payed. So i am needing to get a job. But then i hit the dilema i have no babysitter untill i can get the money saved up to put her in daycare. I just don't know what to do anymore. An i just had to move from my home town where my mother is so i can't get her to watch her anymore. what do you all think i should do?

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Erica - posted on 06/16/2014

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I just got out of a on and off relationship and I'm really done this time. I'm really starting with NOTHING. I mean nothing. No car, no income, heck I don't even have a drivers license. I can get a job going through a temp agency but I don't have a babysitter. My family isn't around to help out. What should I do? :/

Amanda - posted on 07/29/2010

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You could cut your expences and get rid of none needed things like TV, Internet, take out food, and stick to your budget. If you can cut enough you could prob still be a stay at home mom without the cost of daycare.

MelissaNV - posted on 02/23/2014

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That's a really hard question. Daycare is usually pretty expensive, as is paying a babysitter. However, if you want the slightest chance of being able to afford a sitter, you will have to look through a lot of candidates to find someone who will work for less. I can recommend this resource to find plenty of candidates. The problem will be finding one who will work for less and still be a good caregiver. Good luck!

Source: http://ReliableSitters.org

Autum - posted on 07/31/2010

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We are having the same problem and we do budget and save on everything possible. I DO NOT want to put my kids in a daycare plus the fact that its so expensive so we are at a loss as well. I am 6 months pregnant with our 2nd so there isnt a lot I can do at this point but I think after he is born and I recover I am going to try keeping kids at home, my mother did this while she stayed home with me and my sister. I live in TX and you can keep 3 children, other than your own, and not have to register with the state.

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Lilyrayaimeéangelnevaeh - posted on 08/17/2014

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Hello my name is Stephanie & i am having a huge dilemma nd i dnt no wat to do nemore, my mom works days everyday nd nites only when her 2nd job needs her or puts her on the schedule nd my fiance works during the day nd he is absolutely willing to get another job bcuz of our finances nd i no that that wud b a good thing but i wnt to work too the only problem is that i am at this tym prego with my 3rd child nd im 3 months nd my other problem is i hav no money for a daycare center nor a babysitter nd i need help bcuz i need to help with the bills nd everything else nd now soon this new one will be here!!!! I live in Buffalo, New York nd im really desperate right now, i mean if there is sum1 that is willing to babysit my son nd show me credentials nd such so that i can get a job nd if your willing to wait til i receive my first paycheck then i wud definitely without a doubt appreciate it!!

Alia - posted on 12/31/2013

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I am a stay at home mom. I babysit a friend's daughter during the day and I only ask for $300 every two weeks. She saves sooo much money this way, and I get paid while staying home with the kids. It's the best way to make money.

Also @Fredrick I live in Arizona too. I am always looking to babysit and I charge a total of $600 a month only! If not less. I am free all night as I have a child of my own. I'm also VERY dedicated to children's safety. You can't find that In daycares these days lol! Anyways feel free to email me if you still need a sitter!
Ercaranza@yahoo.com

Kate - posted on 07/10/2013

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Look into your state programs for day care assistance. In some cases where you make below a certain amount of money, you can get financial aid for day care or even have it paid for fully.

Fredrick - posted on 07/09/2013

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I could not find the circle of Dad's...so here it goes.. I need your help. I am a single daddy of a 9 yr old awesome boy. I work the graveyard shift as a Sergeant in Florence with the Az. Dept. of Corrections. I cannot afford what babysitters charge. I can't afford 10 dollars an hour or more. That's 450 a week....1800 a month!. I am in the wrong business!. That's for one child. All my son needs is a place to sleep at night while I am at work. Don't know what to do....thank you!! Fred.

Gloria - posted on 09/01/2011

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I have 2 kids and I was going thru the same dilema aswell, but I did not have any family to take care of my kids nor I trusted anyone to take care of them like I would. A little over 2 years ago I found a job for wich I could be able to bring my kids to work with me, it is the best decision I ever made. I trust that if you gave it a shot, it will help in your case aswell. I am proud to say that I am a school bus driver, I dont need to hire a sitter or take my kids to a daycare, my kids are safely driven to school by me. Its worth a try, depending on were your at,the pay may be resonable, its an extra income, your kids will be safe with you all the time ( no sitter) and just imaging all the money your saving on daycare every week. I cannot talk for everyone, but for me this was a good decition because my kids are my life I dont trust anyone would treat my kids better than me. if you are intersted in knowing a little bit more, let me know and i can help you into what you need to do and whats going to happend next. this job is not a walk in the park I can garantee you that, it takes time a alots of studying, but thats just till you get your CDL. Good Luck.

Deborah - posted on 07/31/2010

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Have you checked for community agencies that might help with cost? In my town we have an organization that if you qualify, they will provide diapers, wipes, and cost of childcare in a partnership with qualifying daycares. You could probably get that information from a local daycare (if your community has a program). Make sure you ask multiple daycares, because if it's anything like ours, only the good daycares are accepted into the program.

Heather - posted on 07/30/2010

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I know it seems like the last thing on the list to wanna do, but have you tryed applying for welfare. When you only make so much money, and your bills exceed that, and they see your wanting to work, they will pay for your child care, whether you choose someone yourself, or they give you a list of day cares and you choose from them. They will help you with it. Sometimes, depending on what state you live in, they help you with just child care to keep you from getting on the welfare. Check it out. Its worth a shot in finding out.

good luck with everything...

Sarah - posted on 07/30/2010

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Not all states require you to register. And some states only require you to register only if you have above so many kids.

Olivia - posted on 07/30/2010

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You have to make sure you are registered with the state to do any kind of day care.

Sarah - posted on 07/30/2010

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What about watching a few kids from your home? This then takes care of needing to find a babysitter for your child and also adds income to the family. I find that people are always looking for day care. Often times it is hard to find someone that has openings, so if you can get your name out there (talk to friends, neighbors, local schools and churches, even local in home day cares) it does not take long to get the amount of kids you want to take on.

Jennifer - posted on 07/29/2010

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I am havin this problem too - but with budgeting it can be done - is just really hard.

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