I had $785 set aside for the Sept. day care bill. I was paying $145 per week for 4 days of day care last year. Plus they hadn't charged me yet for the last week of August which is when the fall program starts. I wasn't sure how much it would be but I figured $785 should cover it.
I just took Baby Ripples to her preschool orientation and received the bill for 5 weeks - $575!!!
One week is only a three day week due to Labor Day. So exciting. I had hoped the weekly amount would go down since she is in the preschool class and not the toddler room anymore. But I figured it would be a minimal amount. The rate went down $25 per week! That's $100 per month savings!
So I have $210 to reallocate. I need to buy Big Ripples 2 new booster seats. I can just get the cheaper kind that don't have a back since she is getting pretty big. Then Baby Ripples can transition to the booster seats we already have that have the high back on them. I'm going to estimate $50 for this. We also have a wedding to go to this week. I'm going to set $40 aside as a wedding gift.
This came at a perfect time. We were running low in our "extra money" category for the month and I wasn't sure when I would fit the booster seats into the budget. Baby Ripples car seats should last a while longer but the belt buckle is starting to rub her leg a bit when she's wearing shorts or a skirt.
I'll split the extra $120 in half, $60 for EF and $60 for credit card.