I cannot believe that a few months from now I will be having a formal preschooler and that there is no turning back. Nothing makes me face and address this reality better than visiting one of those local schools nearby to inquire about their school, their system and their prevailing rates. I cannot imagine that sending a 4-year old child to preschool will actually entail a 5-figure school tuition, not including uniforms and textbooks and the regular daily expenses that going to and from school would incur!

It is really easy to surmise that the cost of living in this day and age has gone haywire! I cannot help but look back when me and my siblings where all going to school at the same time. It was a good thing that we were all admitted to the local public elementary school as I do not see how my ordinary employee father and stay-at-home mother would’ve afforded to send us all to school. Back then, my private College school tuition is probably lower than what the private elementary school quoted when I asked how much will we have to prepare to have our son enrolled in their preschool class!

The cost of living everywhere has really gone up to unreasonably-high rates and this interesting comparison made by American Advisors Group on how the cost of living in America changed from 1963 to the present is really quite staggering. You’d wonder how people and  families survive without struggling to earn more if they need to shell out $1,300 to purchase a washer/dryer when you only get to buy it for $313 in 1963.  And it sure is enough consolation that I am only sending the little man to preschool when I found out that parents have to spend $22,261 {about  100, 000 in Philippine currency} for 1 year of College tuition, when they only need to raise $1,450 to afford the same service 51 years ago! I am certain that making both ends meet and providing their children with quality education requires a lot of budgeting, wise-spending and hard work from the parents. The scenario is not really too different here at home. Prices of commodities, medical services as well as education have also gone up at colossal rate and people struggle to keep up as salaries and wages ironically are slow to keep up.

We still have a few months to save up for the little man’s preschool tuition and thankfully we still have a few more years to set aside portions of our earnings for our son’s College education. Hopefully living frugally, spending our budget wisely and searching for alternative ways to augment our family income online will all help us reach this goal.

Do share your thoughts on the continually-increasing cost of living and your plans to keep up.

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is a 30-something work-at-home mum who blogs in between home chores + child-minding. i love coffee, books + reading, collecting lovely postcards, + spending loads of time outdoors with my little man.