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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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