Of course, no two families' needs are the same, but on average, a family spends $165 per week per kid for child care, according to Pew Research. Using that number, an average family with two kids is looking at a monthly bill of about $1,320. On day care. Yikes.
That's a lot of coin. We couldn't help but think: That would cover one seriously fancy car payment. Here are a few dream cars you could afford for less then you're probably spending every month on child care.
Starting at $39,720, this Lexus hybrid SUV could be yours for less than the cost for two kids in day care. In fact, with an estimated car payment of only about $1,160.18 per month, you'd even have a little left over for gas. This car is a tech geek fantasy, with features including smartphone docking for wireless charging and a high-performance hybrid engine. The Lexus Enform platform connects your car to your smartphone apps and gives you ultimate connectivity no matter where you are.
This cute coupé (remember this is a fantasy without kids and the need for maximum car seats) is a definite dream car for the sophisticated lady. You deserve it. With leather seats that smell like a gorgeous new handbag, this car is all about curve-hugging, driving performance with total luxury. And at $1,190 per month for an auto loan, you're still spending less than you already do on child care every month.
Image: Mercedes-Benz USA
That's right. For just $1,177.86 per month, this gorgeous ride could be all yours. A two-door is just right for you and your boyfriend, Ryan Gosling, when you take your regular rides up the coast. If a girl's gonna dream, go big. This baby has everything you'd expect from a Mercedes: leather, an optional keyless ignition, heated seats and gadgets including voice control and slick multimedia interface.
Image: Range Rover
Just a dash of Sporty Spice gives this Range Rover enough edge to give this mom-mobile serious sex appeal. With a sticker price of just over $41,000, the payment on a loan for the full amount would run about $1,200 a month. The waterproof features might make this SUV seem rugged, but optional features like an iPad holder and even a cooler for the backseat armrest would make even the most remote outpost seem downright civilized.
So, this Porsche Boxster comes in slightly over budget, but if you had a decent trade-in you'd probably make it. To finance the full $53,095 sticker price, you'd pay about $1,550 a month. Well worth it to pull up to the restaurant for girls' night in this little looker. For such a tiny car, this thing is mighty. Of course it's fast (up to 265 miles per hour), but it's also got all the creature comforts a girl needs on the road — a hands-free smartphone connection, heated side mirrors and an option for a Bose surround sound system to give you the ultimate driving soundtrack.
But, of course, you wouldn't change your real life for anything. Back here in reality, moms don't get a lot of luxury, but what we get from those smiling faces every day makes those outrageous monthly day-care bills worth it beyond measure.
Editor's note: The figures for the above monthly payments were calculated by taking the full sticker price of the cars and plugging them into a payment calculator, which doesn't take into account fluctuating interest rates, individual credit scores, trade-ins or anything else.
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