Love and money. Two words that don’t seem like they’d overlap all that much. But, when it comes down to it, they do so more than you’d expect, especially when you have a family. Suddenly, you have to pay for new clothes, family meals, and, you guessed it; your very own taxi service.

When kids are young, they’re easy enough to keep track of. The only real places you have to drive them are home and school. But, as they get older, you may find your place in the family switches from ‘dad’ to ‘taxi-driver.’. The transition will be so smooth that you don’t even notice it. That is, of course, until your finances start to cry out about this service you don’t receive a penny for. Even Uber drivers get better rights!


Of course, you can hardly leave your kids stranded. And, giving them money for public transport stands to set you back more. With that in mind, you may have no choice but to buckle up and consider these ways of weathering this financial storm.

Getting crude with oil

Any car driver pales at the idea of having to fill the tank. Fuel is downright expensive. And, guess what? You’re going to need to that tank full to the brim. The last thing you want is a stranded teenager because you can’t fill up. But, how can you possibly afford those endless trips? By using your lovely children’s rent money, of course. As soon as they’re old enough to start working, you can start charging. This can be as small an amount as you want. But, covering fuel costs with this can at least lessen your pain.

Slow and steady wins the taxi race

Children and teenagers operate on an ‘I want it, and I want it now’ basis. And, that applies for lifts. If you don’t arrive within ten minutes, expect a barrage of angry texts, and a heartfelt ‘I hate you’. But, giving in to this pressure, is an accident waiting to happen. And, that’s going to cause real injury to your finances, especially if the injured party calls on the services of Eric Palacios & Associates Law Firm or others like them. After all, it’ll be hard to deny how fast you were going. Plus, you’ll STILL have to deal with teen rage. Nope, slow and steady definitely wins this race.

Kill all the kids with one stone (but not really)

Our kids can have us up and down like yo-yos, especially when there are a few of them. Tasha might want picking up for town one hour, Sarah from her friend’s house the next. All these small journeys cost in fuel and mileage. And, that means lost money. Instead, remember that you aren’t a real cab driver. As such, you don’t have to wait for your kids to beckon you. Instead, pick them all up in one trip. They may protest, but you can bet they’ll turn up if walking home is the alternative.

Greg Kononenko
Greg Kononenko

My name is Greg Kononenko and I am a full-time online blogger and owner of Dad's Hustle. I'm a dad, and my passion is to help other mums and dads to start their own "hustle" and improve the financial future of their families.

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