Time Magazine reports that private school can save you money by giving you home location flexibility. This in turn can save you $50,000. They are right! Our house is in a ok but not great school district. It is smaller so there are less repairs and utilities.
Less Pressure To Spend
More importantly keeping up with the Jones is a lot different in our neighborhood. Folks are lot more down to earth. Literally. Hiring a lawn service is considered either 1) a mark of shame or 2) you must be ill.
Folks who move here and hire a lawn service invariable shift to mowing it themselves. Small yard and you can’t help how easy it is to do. Plus the entire street is a tool sharing enterprise. Having two auto mechanics on the block helps for expert advice too but we rarely need it. The point being that a lower cost neighborhood is lower cost on many levels and with more down-home kind of folks we prefer.
What I don’t understand is the willingness to put someone else (in this case, their children) in an environment that needs improvement on multiple levels that are unlikely to be solved in the time they are there.
One advantage of sending your child to private school is that much of your income goes along with them. As a result it limits the other available choices because you have much less discretionary income.
Fretting over a grand tour of Europe? Fret no more! You aren’t going!
This extreme financial constraints limit your choices and the resulting simplification actually leads to longer term happiness. It is known as the paradox of choice.
Have you always wanted to simplify your life? Now you can! And what better way than the assurance of a monthly tuition bill. To be clear this isn’t about poverty – this is about voluntary simplicity. It is an interesting side effect we have noticed over years of sending the kiddo to a private school.
Read more about it in this outstanding book The Paradox of Choice (you are going to have a lot of time on your hands).
Oh, and for the trip? Easy, you are either staying home or going camping. Pick one.
Expect complaints. And comparisons to what other kids received. Be ok with that. Instead, you are giving your kids a great education and the tools, later in life, to buy stacks of material goods if they so choose.
An educated citizen starts with the education of children where a diversity of thought and training only enriches the discourse. Your job, with the help of others, to educate your children.
If you are considering, or already sending, your children to private school – great job! On paying for private school we discuss motivations, financial approaches and the down sides of electing to send your child to a private school.