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One more item purged and other news

January 5th, 2010 at 05:52 pm

We sold another textbook on Half.com and shipped it out today, so one more item is gone from our home...

I e-mailed my dad on New Year's Eve letting him know he could deposit one of the $1000 checks I gave him. Now I'm impatiently waiting for him to do it so I can knock a grand off our debt!

I called an in-home daycare that we happened to see a sign for; it's blocks from our condo. It's the only one within a mile of our place, as far as we know. The rate the lady gave me? $110 per week, or $477 per month. The least expensive daycare center we've been able to find within a reasonable distance charges $1300 per month! And she's got a July opening for an infant. So of course we've got our fingers crossed that the in-home place seems nice. We're going to look at a bunch of the professional centers and then visit this woman on the 18th.

8 Responses to “One more item purged and other news”

  1. monkeymama Says:

    Good Luck!

    Just saw a big article about major lack of daycare in our area. A lot of places are shutting down (as did our beloved in-home daycare provider. Cheaper, and a billion times better than any center). IT's just been an extremely volatile industry along with our extremely volatile housing bubble and such. But a lot of decades-old daycares have been shutting down. As employment numbers improve, I guess there are less daycares to turn to. Hopefully things are better where you are!

  2. aevans1206 Says:

    I used an in-home daycare center and I couldn't have lucked out with a better sitter. I was so happy I could consider her a second mommy to our son. $110 per week is ridiculously reasonable!

    Just an idea, pop by without notice to check on your baby every once in awhile. It'll make you feel better Wink

  3. creditcardfree Says:

    Good luck with all the daycare looking! I hope the in home works well. The price is great. Smile

  4. whitestripe Says:

    i like the idea of in home daycare centres - usually there are less kids and so yours will get more attention from their carer than at a traditional one.

  5. frugaltexan75 Says:

    Wow, that does sound like quite a great deal! I hope you like the place.

  6. boomeyers Says:

    Well, I am a child care provider, so I will be interested in what you think. I provide care in THEIR home, but I have lots of friends that do it in home and they are thriving!

  7. ceejay74 Says:

    Thanks guys! There are TONS of in-home providers in our city, but this is about the only one that seems feasible from our bus-oriented, carless point of view. So we're really hoping we get a good vibe off of her. Smile
    One of our friends runs a wonderful-sounding daycare, but it's not convenient by bus plus she doesn't take infants. My mom provides daycare--she's not the best (in terms of providing activities and stimulation for the kids) but she's kindhearted (kids come back and visit as adults) and dead cheap. So I'm not looking for perfection on every point, but rather a positive, loving atmosphere. I do think in-home care can be just as good or better than big centers, but we're very limited by our transportation choices. (Though I suppose we could get a beater car if we found cheap enough daycare out of our area and it would still be cheaper than the downtown centers, LOL.)

  8. noccdebt Says:

    I think you are right on target with what you are looking for. A baby needs a warm loving environment. I got my fingers crossed for you on this one, and I hope it turns out well. You never know.. that is about how much my mom charges and she provides very nice service without all the overhead.

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