babysitting http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/16133/all en-US 6 Totally Free Babysitting Alternatives http://www.wisebread.com/6-totally-free-babysitting-alternatives <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/6-totally-free-babysitting-alternatives" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman-and-kid-3523209-small.jpg" alt="babysitting" title="babysitting" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>If you're married with young kids, getting out of the house and enjoying a date together can really add up:</p> <ul> <li>$35.00 for dinner</li> <li>$25.00 for a movie and popcorn</li> <li>$30 for babysitting</li> </ul> <p>Sometimes when young couples start adding up all the numbers they come to an unfortunate conclusion &mdash; they can't afford to go on dates. Sure, you <a target="_blank" href="http://www.wisebread.com/from-5-to-30-date-ideas-for-every-budget">could reduce the cost</a> of dining out by finding a cheaper establishment. You could even skip the movie and go for a walk instead. However, if you want to be able to get out of the house, babysitting is a hard expense to avoid &mdash; without a little creativity. (See also: <a target="_blank" href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-save-on-babysitting-without-ending-up-on-the-local-news">How to Save on Babysitting Without Ending Up on the Local News</a>)</p> <h2>1. Ask the Grandparents</h2> <p>Yes, this is an option that will only apply to a limited number of people who happen to be fortunate enough to live in the same town as their parents. But if you do live in the same town as your parents, then I'm betting your kids already enjoy every chance they have to spend time with grandma and grandpa, and affordable, reliable babysitting isn't really a problem for you.</p> <h2>2. Swap Babysitting With Another Couple</h2> <p>We have some close friends who have young children. Since babysitting is expensive for both of us, we agreed to a biweekly babysitting swap. Not only did we each get a date once a month, but our kids looked forward to date nights because they got to play with friends. When kids have the opportunity to play with other kids their age, they'll welcome the dates with as much anticipation as mom and dad.</p> <h2>3. Join or Create a Baby Sitting Co-Op</h2> <p>Last year our church started a babysitting co-op. Parents could leave their kids at the church while two of the other parents stayed and did the babysitting. Each child brought something to eat for dinner and the babysitters selected a kid friendly movie for the kids to watch. The only rule was that if you left your kids you needed to be sure to take a turn babysitting in the future. If there are six to eight couples on an evening, all but one of them were able to go on a date without an extra expense for babysitting. Again, the kids look forward to their night out as much as parents do.</p> <h2>4. Exchange Services</h2> <p>If you typically have a teenager babysit for you, it's possible that you could help them with something that <a target="_blank" href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-art-of-the-trade">they would consider more valuable than money</a>. This could include something like tutoring them in school or coaching them in a sport.</p> <h2>5. Double Date With Other Parents</h2> <p>This suggestion may seem like it's breaking the rules, since typically most people think dating is about spending time together as a couple. However, if you're more in the mood for getting out of the house and doing something fun, then consider a double date with another couple that has kids. We've had other couples come over to our house and the kids typically entertain themselves. On other occasions, we've met couples somewhere like Chick-Fil-A with a play area. Usually, the kids play while the adults can hang out and enjoy adult conversation.</p> <h2>6. Be Friends With&nbsp;People Who Don't Have (but Do Like) Kids</h2> <p>A few weeks ago we were shocked when some friends who don't have kids asked if they could babysit for us so we could have a date. We've spent time with the couple on several occasions and they told us how much they enjoy kids &mdash; especially how much they enjoy being around <em>our </em>kids. I don't know how you develop a strategy around this, but I guess if people like being around your kids you might have some free babysitting opportunities arise. All this time we thought we were raising well-behaved kids <a target="_blank" href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-important-lesso">for <em>their </em>own good</a>.</p> <p><em>What babysitting options have you tried?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/craig-ford">Craig Ford</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-totally-free-babysitting-alternatives">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-save-on-babysitting-without-ending-up-on-the-local-news">How to Save on Babysitting Without Ending Up on the Local News</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-find-a-great-babysitter">How to Find a Great Babysitter</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/from-0-to-18-frugal-tips-for-every-year-of-your-child-s-life">From 0 to 18: Frugal Tips for Every Year of Your Child’s Life</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-guarantees-besides-death-and-taxes">4 Guarantees Besides Death and Taxes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/19-frugal-ways-to-entertain-teenagers">19 Frugal Ways to Entertain Teenagers</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living Family affordable family entertainment babysitting date night Mon, 13 May 2013 10:24:32 +0000 Craig Ford 973429 at http://www.wisebread.com How to Save on Babysitting Without Ending Up on the Local News http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-save-on-babysitting-without-ending-up-on-the-local-news <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/how-to-save-on-babysitting-without-ending-up-on-the-local-news" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/2908191073_1d47167564_z.jpg" alt="babysitting" title="babysitting" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>A recent survey by online childcare matchmaker <a href="http://www.urbansitter.com/">UrbanSitter.com</a> found that the average parent pays $14 per hour in my area &mdash; San Francisco &mdash; for care for just <em>one </em>child.</p> <p>My husband and I have three children.</p> <p>Combine these two facts and you might be able to guess that we haven't been out on a date in months. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/from-5-to-30-date-ideas-for-every-budget">From&nbsp;$5 to $30+, Date Ideas for Every Budget</a>)</p> <p>When we do pay for childcare, we don't turn to a website to hire a sitter, because, as UrbanSitter pointed out in its own survey, it's too expensive. We're cheapskates. Still, childcare is not one of those things where I can just try the cheapest thing I can think of. I can't go down to the local day labor lineup and pick up a sitter or give my 8-year-old the password to the Netflix account and hope for the best. If I don't want to end up on the news &mdash; and staying off the news is my minimum goal for each parenting day &mdash; I need to get quality childcare for my meager funds.</p> <p>These are some ways I've managed to do that.</p> <h2>Parent Co-Ops</h2> <p>Whether it's a highly organized network with a thick rulebook and mandatory fingerprinting or a loose understanding among the parents on your block, a parent co-op can be a lifesaver to financially pressured moms and dads.</p> <p>In a co-op, you babysit for other families' kids to accrue points that you use to pay other parents to watch <em>your</em> kids. We have belonged to three co-ops: one spread over the entire North Side of Chicago, one that involved only four families who could practically shout to one another from our front porches, and one of intermediate size. I've used the services of other parents in order to get work done, to get to appointments, and yes, for date nights.</p> <p>A few years ago I wrote about <a href="http://parentingsquad.com/establishing-a-babysitting-co-op-part-i" target="_blank">how to start a babysitting co-op on Parenting Squad</a>. Even if you don't belong to a formal parent co-op, trading off play dates with the families of your children's friends can be great, too.</p> <p><strong>Pros</strong>: You know other parents are experienced at taking care of kids. It's free.</p> <p><strong>Cons</strong>: If you're busy, it might be hard to find time to babysit other peoples' kids. Many co-ops don't do background checks, and you may not know all the families.</p> <h2>Nanny Sharing</h2> <p>When you have only one child, it's kind of a waste to hire a babysitter to come to your home just to watch over him or her. Most caregivers are perfectly capable of taking care of several kids at a time.</p> <p>Ask around or check with local parent groups to find families willing to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/nanny-sharing-lowering-the-cost-of-personal-childcare" target="_blank">share a nanny</a>. I use a nanny share once a week for my preschooler, so I can get a few extra hours of work in while the older kids are at school.</p> <p><strong>Pros</strong>: Hourly rate is usually at least 30% less than hiring a babysitter on your own. Your kid will probably have more fun with playmates around. If the other families have already found a great nanny, you're spared the vetting process.</p> <p><strong>Cons</strong>: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/five-tips-for-a-smooth-nanny-share" target="_blank">Less flexibility due to other families' needs</a>. More administration needed to coordinate schedules. If the other child or children get sick or drop out you may end up paying the sitter's whole fee on your own.</p> <h2>The Gym Childcare</h2> <p>This sounds cheesy, but I have joined gyms before almost entirely because membership included two hours of childcare per day. Plans vary, of course, but if you are a stay-at-home parent who needs a daily break, or a part-time entrepreneur who needs an hour each day to answer emails, the amount of care you can get with a gym membership may really work for you. You might even find time to work out once in awhile, too.</p> <p><strong>Pros</strong>: Some are quite affordable since they are supplemented by dues from all those members who never show up at the gym. It's flexible.</p> <p><strong>Cons</strong>: Quality varies widely. You might catch a few glares from other parents if the childcare is busy and they notice you spent your whole visit using your laptop.</p> <h2>Parks and Rec</h2> <p>Many cities offer low-cost classes, playgroups, and even preschools for small children through their parks departments. Some early childhood programs require the parents to stay, but others don't. You may not actually care if your little one learns gymnastics or painting &mdash; but for $5-$10 per hour, they are out of your hair for awhile and not watching TV. Really awesome park systems offer such classes on school holidays to help working parents out of the childcare-gap pinch.</p> <p><strong>Pros</strong>: Affordable and often nearby.</p> <p><strong>Cons</strong>: Some cities will have waiting lists. Quality varies.</p> <h2>&quot;Mother's Helpers&quot;</h2> <p>I started babysitting at age 11, but nowadays most parents don't consider it safe or responsible to leave such a young child in charge. Which is too bad, because 11- and 12-year-olds have really great rates.</p> <p>Luckily, I work from home, so I am sometimes able hire an under-aged &quot;mother's helper&quot; in the neighborhood to play with my kids and keep them from bursting into my office while I conduct a phone interview. Many kids this age are anxious to get started babysitting and can be a real help.</p> <p><b>Pros</b>: Cheap. Small kids <em>love</em> playing with older kids. You can train a neighborhood kid for several years until he or she is old enough to become a real babysitter.</p> <p><b>Cons</b>: Kids this young may have trouble enforcing rules with smaller children. They tend to let the kids make a big mess. Between school, sports, and activities, many 'tweens are available for limited hours.</p> <h2>Grandma and Grandpa</h2> <p>I so envy those families whose retired parents care for their kids full time. That has never been the case for us, but we still engage the <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/making-do-with-help-from-mom-and-dad" target="_blank">ultimate free babysitters</a> every chance we get.</p> <p>No, Grandma and Grandpa don't do things our way, and they don't follow instructions to the letter the way a paid sitter might, but they <em>love</em> our kids, and that is so important that I am willing to overlook even the fact that the kids ate nothing but hot dogs and chocolate eclaires all weekend. Getting the grandparents to babysit has involved hours of car and even air travel for us, but it's always worth it.</p> <p><strong>Pros</strong>: Free (for most people). Family love, precious memories for the kids.</p> <p><strong>Cons</strong>: They don't do things your way. Travel may be involved.</p> <h2>No-Childcare Alternatives</h2> <p>The other way I've saved on childcare over the years is simply by avoiding using any. No, I'm not talking about leaving the kids alone &mdash; remember, the goal here is to stay off the nightly news. Instead, I'm talking about optimizing time, making schedules that work, and prioritizing what really needs to get done.</p> <p><strong>Split the Shift</strong></p> <p>You get home from work, kiss your spouse, and he heads out the door for the evening shift. It's not easy on a marriage, but millions of families make it work. Both my mother and my husband's mother are nurses, and this is how things worked when we were little. On the upside, with this arrangement, both parents get experience parenting independently, which can be really good for their relationship with the kids.</p> <p><strong>Bring the Kids</strong></p> <p>Most jobs nowadays don't allow for kids in tow, although a few do &mdash; babysitter, newspaper deliverer, for example. But you can try to bring kids on errands when possible to minimize needed childcare time. It's much harder to grocery shop or go to doctors' appointments or exercise with kids along, but it is actually good for the kids to learn to behave in these situations, and it allows you to get more done in the day.</p> <p><strong>A Little TV Won't Kill Them</strong></p> <p>I'm not a big fan of screen time for the kids, but I view it as the parenting equivalent of your emergency savings account. You shouldn't use it every day because you want to save it for when you really need it. So yes, when I have a deadline and I'm not done working by the time they get home from school, there might be an after-school video session now and then.</p> <p>If you're too good a parent to let the TV (or iPad) be your babysitter, then make a <a href="http://www.learnwithplayathome.com/2012/06/diy-busy-box-how-and-why.html" target="_blank">busy box</a> or <a href="http://moneysavingmom.com/tag/busy-bag-ideas" target="_blank">busy bag</a> &mdash; a stash of self-service activities to keep the kids quietly occupied when you're too busy to entertain them.</p> <p>Obviously, use your parental judgment to determine how much supervision your children need while distracted by such activities.</p> <p><strong>Outsource It or Do It From Home</strong></p> <p>If you are hiring a sitter so you can do something other than work &mdash; shop, clean house, do yardwork, walk the dog &mdash; ask yourself if the task is really worth the babysitting costs. After all, in many places you can <a href="http://shop.safeway.com/superstore/default.asp?brandid=1&amp;page=corphome" target="_blank">order groceries online</a> for a small fee, so even if you don't want to take the kids to the store, there is still a cheaper way. Or, check out <a href="http://www.taskrabbit.com/" target="_blank">TaskRabbit</a> to see if you can hire someone to run your errand for less than the cost of a sitter.</p> <p>You can't outsource your date night, of course, but there <em>are </em>ways to have a <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/05/date-night-ideas-_n_2412110.html" target="_blank">fun night in after the littles are tucked in their beds</a>. At our house, setting aside an evening to watch a movie, accompanied by a special snack and cocktail, has replaced a lot of expensive nights out. And if you have friends with kids, combining a get-together for the parents with a sleep-over for the kids can be fun for all.</p> <p><em>How have you saved on childcare while keeping out of sight of the news choppers?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/carrie-kirby">Carrie Kirby</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-save-on-babysitting-without-ending-up-on-the-local-news">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-find-a-great-babysitter">How to Find a Great Babysitter</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-totally-free-babysitting-alternatives">6 Totally Free Babysitting Alternatives</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-the-sandwich-generation-can-get-ahead">6 Ways the Sandwich Generation Can Get Ahead</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/24-tips-for-having-a-baby-without-going-broke">24 Tips for Having a Baby Without Going Broke</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-investing-lessons-you-must-teach-your-kids">10 Investing Lessons You Must Teach Your Kids</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Family Lifestyle babysitting child care date night work at home Thu, 28 Mar 2013 10:24:30 +0000 Carrie Kirby 971468 at http://www.wisebread.com Watching Tots: How to Get Started in Babysitting http://www.wisebread.com/watching-tots-how-to-get-started-in-babysitting <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/watching-tots-how-to-get-started-in-babysitting" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/38145633_2d7f8584d3_z.jpg" alt="babysitting" title="babysitting" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="188" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Babysitting is widely regarded as a teenager&rsquo;s job, but there&rsquo;s no reason why adults can&rsquo;t scoop up these well-paying gigs, too. I&rsquo;m not a parent personally, but if I were I think I&rsquo;d feel more comfortable about leaving my kid with a responsible adult whom I trust opposed to a well-meaning teenager who lacks real-world experience.</p> <p>Whether you want to start babysitting to pad your income or you&rsquo;ve been around the block a few times and you&rsquo;d like to step up your game, here are a few tips (for both teens and adults) to consider before advertising your sought-after services. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-side-jobs-for-stay-at-home-moms-and-dads">12 Side Jobs for Stay-at-Home Moms and Dads</a>)</p> <h2>1. Take a Training and Safety Course</h2> <p>First and foremost, parents want to know that their children are in capable hands, which is why it&rsquo;s of the utmost importance to be prepared for sticky situations.</p> <p>You&rsquo;ll need <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-lifesaving-skills-everyone-should-know">first-aid training</a>, for sure &mdash; if a child is choking, you need to react immediately &mdash; but you should also know how to maneuver other obstacles that pop up:</p> <ul> <li>How will you handle kids who don&rsquo;t listen?</li> <li>How will you entertain kids if they&rsquo;re bored?</li> <li>What will you do if the kids are prone to fighting?</li> </ul> <p>Babysitting isn&rsquo;t just about making sure little ones don&rsquo;t burn the house down while they&rsquo;re parents are away, after all. It&rsquo;s about being a good caretaker in all senses of the word, which essentially translates to taking over the role of substitute parent for a few hours. If you&rsquo;re not familiar with what that entails, training can help you get a handle on the job so you can do your job confidently and effectively.</p> <h2>2. Do a Few Test Runs</h2> <p>Babysitting can be overwhelming your first few times, so it&rsquo;s probably not a bad idea to offer to babysit kids with whom you have a good rapport for a few test runs. The parents will love you even more than they already do, of course, and along the way you&rsquo;ll gain valuable in-the-field experience that will help prepare you to be the best babysitter you can be when you start charging.</p> <h2>3. Compile References</h2> <p>Even if I knew my potential babysitter well as a person, that doesn&rsquo;t mean I know them as a competent caretaker. Thus, it&rsquo;s in your best interest to put together a document containing at least three references for past families for which you&rsquo;ve babysat. If you don&rsquo;t have references from families because you&rsquo;re just starting out, include other <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-get-great-job-references">relevant references</a> that potential clients can contact &mdash; like a church member, your first-aid training teacher, or another colleague or supervisor from a hands-on, kid-related experience.</p> <h2>4. Set Your Rate</h2> <p>When starting any new business, it&rsquo;s wise to keep your fees a little lower than the standard rate. For babysitting, the general consensus seems to be between $5 and $10 an hour, so I would suggest starting out somewhere in the middle, at $7 or $8 an hour. Keeping your fee lower at first will help you get gigs over a more expensive sitter, but it also lets the parents know that winning their trust is more important to you than money &mdash; a key aspect in being asked to babysit time and again.</p> <h2>5. Advertise Your Service</h2> <p>When you&rsquo;ve completed your training and a few free gigs, compiled your references, and set your rate, you&rsquo;re ready to start advertising your services.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s easier than ever to promote yourself via the Internet these days &mdash; there are sites dedicated to pairing babysitters with families, like <a href="http://www.care.com/" target="_blank">Care.com</a>, <a href="http://www.sittercity.com/" target="_blank">Sittercity</a>, and <a href="http://www.babysitters.com/" target="_blank">Babysitters</a> (some are free; some charge a fee) &mdash; but don&rsquo;t discount old-fashioned methods like word-of-mouth advertising and posting on community boards in the real world. With a job like babysitting, where safety and a genuine commitment to providing proper care is so important, it's often these localized and personal means of spreading the word about your services that work best. Of course, you won&rsquo;t know what works best for you until you&rsquo;ve tried several options, so the best way to advertise in the beginning is to cast a wide net to see what sticks.</p> <p><em>Have you been a babysitter? Do you have other tips to add to help people get started? Let me know in the comments below.</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mikey-rox">Mikey Rox</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/watching-tots-how-to-get-started-in-babysitting">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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Today we found some awesome articles on saving money on childcare, mistakes new college graduates should avoid, and saving at the movie theater.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://financialhighway.com/tips-for-saving-money-on-childcare/">Tips for Saving Money on Childcare</a> &mdash; To save money on childcare, join a babysitting coop or barter your skills for a couple hours of childcare. [Financial Highway]</p> <p><a href="http://personaldividends.com/six-money-mistakes-new-college-graduates-need-to-avoid/">Six Money Mistakes New College Graduates Need to Avoid</a> &mdash; If you are a new graduate, don't make the mistake of chasing income over experience. [Personal Dividends]</p> <p><a href="http://moneyqanda.com/save-money-at-the-movie-theater/">5 Ways To Save Money At The Movie Theater This Summer</a> &mdash; Save money at the movie theater this summer by buying your tickets in bulk from the movie theater. [Money Q&amp;A]</p> <p><a href="http://www.girlsjustwannahavefunds.com/save-money-tips">10 Easy Money-Saving Ideas Anyone Can Use</a> &mdash; Want to save money? Look into inexpensive ingredient substitutions. [Girls Just Wanna Have Funds]</p> <p><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Ways-Unwind-After-Work-23819042">6 Ways To Unwind After A Long Work Day</a> &mdash; To unwind after a long day at work, go for a walk or write in a journal. [SavvySugar]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.mangomoney.com/blog/financial-empowerment/8-items-that-are-cheaper-during-summer">8 Items That Are Cheaper during Summer</a> &mdash; Did you know that gym memberships and tools are cheaper during the summer? [Mango Blog]</p> <p><a href="http://www.stackthechips.com/6-daring-ways-to-slash-credit-card-debt/">6 Daring Ways To Slash Credit Card Debt</a> &mdash; Get aggressive about slashing your credit card debt by renegotiating with your creditors. [Stack The Chips]</p> <p><a href="http://www.fivecentnickel.com/2012/07/03/how-to-save-money-when-paying-for-kids-sports-expenses/">Save Money on Sporting Expenses</a> &mdash; Want to save money on sporting equipment for your kids? Ask a parent with a child one year ahead of yours if they have any equipment they would like to part with. [Five Cent Nickel]</p> <p><a href="http://deliverawaydebt.com/debt-elimination/the-disease-of-debt-finding-the-cure/">The Disease of Debt - Finding the Cure</a> &mdash; Sometimes it seems like there is a &quot;debt gene&quot; in which generation after generation follows in the path of their parents and succumbs to debt.[Deliver Away Debt]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/summer-water-safety">Beyond the Pool: Summer Water Safety for Lakes and Oceans</a> &mdash; Before you head to the lake or beach this summer, find out whether or not lifeguards will be on duty as well as currents and undertow information. [Parenting Squad]</p> <h2>News &amp; Events</h2> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/top-100-most-popular-personal-finance-blogs/news/2012/06/wise-bread-tweetchat-wbchat-1">Wise Bread Tweetchat (#WBChat)</a> &mdash; Don't miss our weekly #WBChat at 12pm PST! We will be giving away prizes!</p> <p>Be sure to check out our <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/top-100-most-popular-personal-finance-blogs/news">News &amp; Events Calendar</a> to see all the awesome upcoming events in the personal finance world!</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-saving-money-on-childcare">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-child-care-purchases-you-should-never-skimp-on">9 Child Care Purchases You Should Never Skimp On</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-save-on-babysitting-without-ending-up-on-the-local-news">How to Save on Babysitting Without Ending Up on the Local News</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-easy-way-to-set-an-allowance-that-wont-ruin-your-kid">The Easy Way to Set an Allowance That Won&#039;t Ruin Your Kid</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-ways-having-kids-makes-you-more-frugal">8 Ways Having Kids Makes You More Frugal</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/downsizing-with-kids">Downsizing With Kids</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Lifestyle babysitting best money tips childcare kids Thu, 05 Jul 2012 10:00:17 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 938936 at http://www.wisebread.com