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Credit or flex spending still doesn't solve the problem of where to find cheap child care. For parents who can't enlist the help of baby-sitting family members, outside care is frequently the only option. Instead of shelling out thousands to a child day care center, Sierra Rix, development director for Cultural Care Au Pair in Cambridge, Mass., recommends that families investigate in-home options.

"Day care is about $1,140 a month per child, but au pairs that stay in your home cost about $340 a week to handle two children," Rix says. "They'll also help with light housekeeping."


 

 

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