I am someone who needs to work. I had a hard time doing it but, I found a job where I didn't need to pay daycare at all. That was lucky because I spend about 1/3 of my pay just in gas to go to work (LaSalle to Essex for 5hr shifts at minimum wage). I bring home around 150/week after all is said and done. BUT, every penny helps. When I wasn't working we were borrowing money from family to keep our heads above water. That extra helps us immensely.
As you know I'm not working in my field and there are just so few jobs for vet techs right now. The few that are available are those places who are "always" hiring because nobody stays long. Or they want me to work hours that don't fit my lifestyle (and one was an on call 24/7 with no "guaranteed" hours!). And almost unanimously pay is amazingly close to minimum wage!
I "could" be making more money is the point. Just a few months ago I turned down an interview at one of those places because of "cost" of working for them. I added the cost to my dignity and ethics also though as well as the loss of time with T as well as daycare. (it was 2pm-6pm 5 days a week). It didn't make sense for me to leave a job I'm comfortable at for one where I'd likely hate within a few months just to make a few more dollars a week and work in my field.
BUT, I have a lot of and, excellent, experience and in my field! I don't have to worry about gaining experience to find a decent job as a vet tech. I can be picky because I know that eventually, if I want, I can and will work at a good clinic again sometime.