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Thread: 14 ways to save on Family Care
03-04-2008, 02:07 PM #1KristinGuest
14 ways to save on Family Care
1.Working couples can reduce out-of-pocket medical expenses and
premiums by carefully comparing the costs of the benefits offered by
each employer to find the best deal.
2. If medical coverage is part of your employee benefits and you don't
need the coverage, ask your employer if you can get cash back or a
bump up in salary.
3.Smoking can add up to 30 percent to the cost of your life,
disability and health insurance premiums. Kick the habit.
4.Go to a local park, and throw a Frisbee around. Go walking, jogging
or hiking. It's free and good for you. Getting yourself into better
health today may lower your medical bills later in life.
5.Check out the local beauty school for bargains on everything from
haircuts and manicures to spa facials and highlights.
6.Contact a local massage therapy school. You'll pay a reduced price
for massages so that their students gain experience.
7.Spend a fraction of the cost at a dental school to straighten and
brighten teeth and fix dental problems. Depending on your dental
insurance policy, some or all of the dental work could be covered.
8.Be a do-it-yourselfer! Do your own housework, wash and wax your own
car, mow your own yard.
9.Save a bundle on taxes by paying your child-care costs with pretax
dollars. Participate in your employer's flexible spending account program.
10.Ask if your company offers discounts on services such as child-care
providers or gyms.
11.Cut child-care expenses through flexible scheduling. Can you
telecommute, job share or work more flexible hours to reduce the hours
away from home?
12.Arrange your work schedule to alternate with your spouse's or
relative's to reduce the amount of time your child will have to spend
in day care.
13.Do you know a co-worker with similar backgrounds and parenting
styles? Perhaps you can split the cost of home child care.
14.If your public school district offers a half-day pre-K program for
4-year-olds, enroll your child. It's free and reduces child-care costs
to half-day rates.