Whether parents are ready or not, spring break is right around the corner for many families. Of course, that means the kids are out of school and itching to get their minds off all things school related.
But consider that pretty much every TV show and movie will remind you that spring break is the most amazing time to sneak away to sandy beaches, sunny skies and intense carelessness. But realistically speaking, that isn’t always the reality for many families. I mean, with work, extracurricular commitments, house chores or that extra tight budget, formal spring break plans don’t usually make the cut. Not to mention kids usually aren’t much for the nightlife.
Every year during the month of February, my husband and I participate in what we lovingly refer to as “Frugal February.”
Essentially the concept is to save as much money as possible during the shortest month of the year. That means no eating dinners out, no morning coffee runs, no clothing shopping, no cab rides. We’re certainly not perfect, but we try our very best.
And that isn’t always easy when you live in a big city. The cost of living is pretty high and it can be difficult to save a ton of money. But we’ve learned a heck of a lot over the years and have some tips to share with you. We know some of these ideas should help you put a few more pennies in your bank account this year, just like they did us.
People who move to a new location often immediately find themselves with this super under-appreciated problem:
“Hold on…where am I supposed to find a babysitter around here?”
Considering realtor calls, landlord visits, emergency hardware trips and much, much more, there is no doubt this usually falls under-the-radar until maybe even after you’re already moved in. And if you’ve moved away from friends and family who used to keep an eye on things, good luck.
This is why learning about all the different babysitting options goes hand-in-hand with moving. What kinds of sitters are out there? Where and how can I get them? And is there anything special I should know about?