Child Care Costs

By Vanessa Rasmussen, © 2004, All rights reserved.

Childcare costs vary quite a bit throughout United States. The Children's Defense Fund states that full time child care in Texas would cost around $4200 a year, whereas if you were in Boston you would be paying as much as $9000 a year. Child care is probably your biggest expense if your child is not in school yet. Private nannies may cost anywhere from $2000 to $5000 a month. Day care centers aren't cheap either. A preschooler would be charged at least $5 an hour.

There is no denying that childcare costs are huge. However, if you do your homework well, you may be able to achieve substantial savings.

Here are some tips to help reduce childcare costs:

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