How Much Does Child Care Cost?

Learn about your different care options, what they mean for your wallet, and how you can save money. WALTHAM, Mass. -- For the fourth year in a row,’s Cost of Care Survey culled in-depth insights from more than 1,000 parents nationwide about their child care spending habits, including... more

How Much Should You Pay Your Sitter?

Whether you're a parent researching how much a babysitter costs, or a sitter deciding what to charge, here are tips to help. According to the 2017 Babysitter Survey, the average babysitting rate in 2016 was $13.97 per hour -- which is up 26 percent from $11.11 per... more

The Best -- and Worst -- States for Child Care, Ranked in Order

Which state ranks the best for child care? And where does your state fall on this list? This week, introduced the Care Index, the first comprehensive data report on the current state of child care in the U.S., which ranks states based on quality, affordability and availability. The... more

Think You're a Neat Freak? Here's Where People Pay the Most for Housekeeping

These are the U.S. cities that spend the most money on making -- and keeping -- their homes clean and tidy. Picture this: Your living room floor, free of children's toys and assorted homework assignments.  A bedroom, any bedroom, minus those massive piles of laundry that loom menacingly in... more

These Cities Are Seeing the Fastest Growth for In-Home Senior Care Jobs

The need for in-home senior care is growing rapidly in the U.S. identified the cities that are seeing the fastest job growth. By now, most of us are aware of the fact that the "65 and older" crowd is growing at a breakneck pace. By 2050, this... more

Here's How Much Longer Women Have to Work to Earn the Same as Men

For Equal Pay Day, identified how much longer women in 525 professions will have to work to earn the same salary as men. Today is Equal Pay Day. If you haven't heard of this day before, we don’t blame you -- it's not one to be celebrated... more

The Holiday Tipping Guide

Need advice on how much to tip your nanny or pet sitter? Here's an A to Z list of who to tip -- and how much. Are you a holiday tipper? If you said yes, you're not alone -- a whopping 87 percent of people said that they give holiday tips, according to a... more

Cities vs. Suburbs: Where Can American Parents Save the Most Money?

A new study from and Zillow found that city families spend more on cost of living expenses than their suburban counterparts. Figuring out where our families will live and grow is arguably one of the most exciting parts of “adulting." (Let’s be real: who doesn’t enjoy scrolling through... more