How do single working mothers pay the high price for child care?

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Iysha - posted on 10/16/2009

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To cut down on costs of child care, you could have someone pick up your child (a neighbor or family member) half day and work something out with the child care provider where you only pay half since your child is only going half day.

Liesl - posted on 10/16/2009

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I suppose all you can do is hang on in there then until your little one starts school. It does get cheaper then when it's only before and after school care you need. Sorry I couldn't be anymore help.

Adrienne - posted on 10/16/2009

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Yes, I've done all of that, but it is still expensive if you want quality care in my area (Northern Midwest of the U.S.). I've even tried in-home child care with very poor results! The monthly cost supersedes my mortgage+car payments.

Liesl - posted on 10/16/2009

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Not sure where in the world you are. I'm in the UK and therefore any advice I can give may not be appropriate to where you are but.... are you sure that you're claiming all the benefits, tax credits u r entitled to? Does your employer do childcare vouchers (may only be relevant in UK). The vouchers for childcare are deducted from your pay before your tax is calculated and therefore saves on your tax bill. It all helps!! Shop around for childcare, it may mean travelling abit further but sometimes you're charged higher prices just because of where the childcare provider is located and you can get equally good childcare in a different area for a lower price. I take it you have no family near by? Can friends help out a bit and you help them out some way in return?

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