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|It just seems like so much of the spending I see new parents doing is REALLY unnecessary. $600 strollers, 4 gajillion toys, enough clothes that they'd never have to wash them (inevitably leading to a huge donation with the tags still on), all sorts of gadgets, etc|
I found the first year or two didn't cost very much money...babies nurse, then toddlers don't eat much...but as your children get older they start to cost more.
Someone once pointed out to me...and it surprised me at the time but now I realize that it is VERY true...the number of children you have influences your spending in ways you don't expect -- you end up living in a bigger house than you would live in by yourself, you drive a bigger car, you will pay more to live in better school districts, you have less time for working...there are a lot of hidden costs.
I think it really depends on you as a person also, if you don't want a $600 stroller then don't get one. So many parents try to keep up with the Jonses, but you don't have to.
Oh, not to mention medical costs. You will most likely need to see a doc at some point for whatever reason, and I'm sure our family is way overdue for an ER visit at this point. The way my boys run around after each other? It's amazing they don't have permanent concussions. And dental work... *shudder* It's hard enough for me to write that check for me and hubby, I'm a little afraid of what those totals might be in a few years.
Erika, mama to three beautiful kids (plus one gestating), and wife to one fantastic man.
|I pretty much got to the point where the first year and half or so was essentially free.|
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