We know that parenting can be expensive, and the occasional study will try to quantify just how expensive it is. But if you're a parent, you probably know your mileage can vary quite a bit. There are plenty of ways to cut certain costs, and there are plenty of expenses you don't see coming. We want to know: what was your most unexpected child care expense?
It can be a costly one, or it can be one that's not huge but still caught you off guard. Either way, tell us the one expense you didn't see coming, and let us know how you budgeted for it, too. If another reader has covered yours, feel free to reply to their comment with your own experience.
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