As I’ve posted in my budget, I pay $50 a week for 20 hours a week of childcare ($250 a month). But I think I found a way to cut that bill in half as well as help me move toward a vandwelling lifestyle.
I found a super luxury fitness club that offers 2 hours of child care daily (14 hours a week) with a no-contract monthly membership of $98 a month.
This is a multi-level facility that includes a salon, spa, restaurant, several pools (including several kid pools and activities), comfortable sitting areas to watch TV or work, etc.
It also has free wireless Internet and is open 24 hours a day. I get two hours of chid care daily, but otherwise we can spend as much time as we want there. (It is more like a country club to me!)
As a bonus, I will get two months of free “mommy and me” swim lessons for Silas. (Something I need to do but haven’t been able to afford.)
To help with vandwelling, it has exceptionally nice shower facilities that include free shampoo, soap, towels, and hair dryers. (Not to mention the indulgent eucalyptus steam room!)
I can use my membership at any of their multiple locations across the country. (Great when on the road!)
So, I dropped the weekly child care for now. I think I will get a lot out of this AND save $150 a month.
This feels wonderfully indulgent and practical at the same time.
I used to think I was going to write a book on how to live on the road, but then I read Bob Wells’ book. It is so much better than the best book I could ever write. I am sure most of you are familiar with it, but I was pregnant when it came out so I finally read it last week. It is filled with practical tips and transcendent wisdom. I am so grateful to Bob for writing this: How to Live in a Car, Van, or RV