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Old 03-18-2018, 09:01 AM
 
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I would take some of the comments about Sun Tran with a grain of salt. rode it for years and there are certain routes/places that can be sketchy. But take a look at rentals along Speedway, there are many. The Speedway Suntran Routes run every 10 to 15 minutes during the week during the daytime and passengers are primarily students and people going to work. These routes pretty much go from East Tucson all the way to downtown including right to the UofA. When i worked in downtown Tucson it was far easier to take the bus then drive and deal with traffic and finding a spot to park. I found it easier when i was at the UofA as well and cheaper as parking permits can be pricey. I can't say i haven't seen some odd people on the Speedway routes during the day but i never felt unsafe or threatened in anyway, just shook my head a few times.
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Old 03-26-2018, 02:36 PM
 
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The short answer to your one car question about living in Tucson with two adults who will eventually be working in presumably different areas of town and a small child that will need to be transported to day care/preschool is no. I was thinking that in the early stages of being in Tucson your partner could drive you to work or a convenient Sun Tran stop that would be in easy ride to your office. Your partner would then have the freedom of a car to drive to interviews.

My advice is to use the few month grace period or even now to explore work from home opportunities. They are out there, it is a matter of getting through all the false promises of unscrupulous people and finding your niche.

One car is possible in that scenario and you could save $$$ on day care/babysitting.
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Old 03-26-2018, 03:29 PM
 
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The short answer to your one car question about living in Tucson with two adults who will eventually be working in presumably different areas of town and a small child that will need to be transported to day care/preschool is no. I was thinking that in the early stages of being in Tucson your partner could drive you to work or a convenient Sun Tran stop that would be in easy ride to your office. Your partner would then have the freedom of a car to drive to interviews.

My advice is to use the few month grace period or even now to explore work from home opportunities. They are out there, it is a matter of getting through all the false promises of unscrupulous people and finding your niche.

One car is possible in that scenario and you could save $$$ on day care/babysitting.

I got my own wheels turning about possibilities after I posted and would like to share one of my possibilities. Perhaps your partner could be the daycare provider? Advertise locally and get involved in community events to build rapport/trust with your neighbors. $100/week seems reasonable to charge in Tucson. That rate multiplied by two children less a little extra for the meals would be worth at least weighing the pros and cons of a full-time job. A full-time job, even at Tucson payroll rates, is more money, but comes with and the added expense of commuting, buying lunch (at least occasionally), and paying someone to care for your own child along with the aggravation of commuting and always worrying if your daughter is in good hands.

The exception to this is if your partner is skilled in an area where he could easily land a position in the notoriously slow job market of Tucson and for a high rate of pay.

$200/week, regardless of the method chosen, may have more practical and intangible benefits in a city like Tucson. After word gets out that your partner is good at his craft, the amount of money in your wallet may soon increase substantially.
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Old 03-26-2018, 07:26 PM
 
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The short answer to your one car question about living in Tucson with two adults who will eventually be working in presumably different areas of town and a small child that will need to be transported to day care/preschool is no. I was thinking that in the early stages of being in Tucson your partner could drive you to work or a convenient Sun Tran stop that would be in easy ride to your office. Your partner would then have the freedom of a car to drive to interviews.

My advice is to use the few month grace period or even now to explore work from home opportunities. They are out there, it is a matter of getting through all the false promises of unscrupulous people and finding your niche.

One car is possible in that scenario and you could save $$$ on day care/babysitting.

He would be at home for a few months for sure. She's not at the age 2+ cutoff until December which likely means daycare will cost more than if we were to wait a bit. Working from home for me is a no-go if she is not in daycare. It's incredibly distracting. I did it for awhile when I was recovering from childbirth when she was far from mobile with help (either my husband or grandma) but that was enough haha.

Once husband got a job, he would absolutely need a car again. But it wouldn't make sense to ship a car to Tucson when his needs replacing and we'd rather save the money in the meantime.
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Old 03-26-2018, 07:34 PM
 
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I got my own wheels turning about possibilities after I posted and would like to share one of my possibilities. Perhaps your partner could be the daycare provider? Advertise locally and get involved in community events to build rapport/trust with your neighbors. $100/week seems reasonable to charge in Tucson. That rate multiplied by two children less a little extra for the meals would be worth at least weighing the pros and cons of a full-time job. A full-time job, even at Tucson payroll rates, is more money, but comes with and the added expense of commuting, buying lunch (at least occasionally), and paying someone to care for your own child along with the aggravation of commuting and always worrying if your daughter is in good hands.

The exception to this is if your partner is skilled in an area where he could easily land a position in the notoriously slow job market of Tucson and for a high rate of pay.

$200/week, regardless of the method chosen, may have more practical and intangible benefits in a city like Tucson. After word gets out that your partner is good at his craft, the amount of money in your wallet may soon increase substantially.

We currently each work and it looks like daycare there and here is comparable. His salary pays for daycare and a bit of spending money while mine pays for everything else (I earn substantially more). He is highly employable based on his skillset but where we live currently, pay is low for his industry and benefits are crap.

I never thought about him taking on another kid rather than paying in. That could be useful!
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Old 03-27-2018, 05:57 AM
 
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He would be at home for a few months for sure. She's not at the age 2+ cutoff until December which likely means daycare will cost more than if we were to wait a bit. Working from home for me is a no-go if she is not in daycare. It's incredibly distracting. I did it for awhile when I was recovering from childbirth when she was far from mobile with help (either my husband or grandma) but that was enough haha.

Once husband got a job, he would absolutely need a car again. But it wouldn't make sense to ship a car to Tucson when his needs replacing and we'd rather save the money in the meantime.
Have you looked carefully into considering if Tucson’s job situation would be any more conducive to your husband finding sustainable employment that would contribute significantly to the household’s finances?

My scenario was that you, the primary breadwinner, would always have the traditional job anchoring the family’s finances.
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Old 03-27-2018, 06:00 AM
 
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We currently each work and it looks like daycare there and here is comparable. His salary pays for daycare and a bit of spending money while mine pays for everything else (I earn substantially more). He is highly employable based on his skillset but where we live currently, pay is low for his industry and benefits are crap.

I never thought about him taking on another kid rather than paying in. That could be useful!
Your situation seems like it would be advantageous for your husband to work at home now, especially considering that the bulk of his pay goes towards day care. By giving his job up, there would be no daycare expense and honestly it should not be that hard to replace the spending money you spoke about with a work-from-home craft. Sell your second car and have him drive you to work so he can have the freedom of going where he needs to during the day. The situation would be identical once you got to Tucson.

Two people working and a small child to care for can create a hectic situation sometimes. Do you eat out? If so, a portion of that expense could possibly be curtailed.

Also, a little disclaimer to my daycare operation idea: only do it if you feel your husband is really motivated. There are many possibilities.
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