Does Your Kid Need a Budget?

Picking up kids from school

If you’re feeling bombarded with back-to-school expenses, activities, and the wallet-popping cost of child care—I hear you.

With my son entering first grade this fall, it just hit me that I need a whole new budget—for my kid.

Child care is a major expense for families, as you know, but a study released last week by Child Care Aware was shocking.


    • If you have, say, two kids at a daycare center full time, you’re probably paying more for child care than you are for rent.


    • If you have an infant in full-time care, in 35 states you’d pay more than you would for a year of in-state college tuition!


And even if your child is now in school, you’re still hit with after-school care, the cost of activities, supplies, and so on.

And let’s not even discuss birthdays. OK? Please.

Instead, let’s all get a grip with the newly minted DailyWorth Back-to-School Budget (and sanity saver). Just enter your estimated expenses, and (as you go along) what you’ve paid.

Life is less crazy, if you plan for it.


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Big spender. What are your kids’ biggest expenses this fall?