Expensive To Have Children?
Are you wondering if it is expensive to have children? Having a child doesn’t necessarily mean that you will be broke once they are born. There are a variety of different ways to save on costs related to children. Here are some examples:
Do you plan on being a Stay/Work At Home Mom? If so, this doesn’t apply to you – but if you plan on going back to work after your child is born, you are going to need to find reliable and affordable child care. Research daycares in your area.
Maybe Grandma can watch the kiddo a few days per week? Do you trust your neighbours that are home during the day? They may be willing to watch your little one as well. Ask around. If all else fails, you need a daycare. Make sure they are reputable and also affordable. Check them out in person to see if they are for you.
Have more than one child? Maybe they will give you a discount. It never hurts to ask. The worst they can say is no!
Second hand, second hand, second hand! Thrift stores, yard sales and even hand me downs from family members or friends is the way to go when it comes to toys. Just make sure to give them a good cleaning before they are played with and there you go! Good as new.
Unless I can get clothes for the same (or less!) than what I would pay in a thrift store, I ALWAYS buy them second hand. Just throw them in the washing machine and they are like new!
Kids get so many stains and dirt on them anyway, there’s no sense in having them dressed in expensive, fancy outfits.
Diapers & Wipes
When it comes to wipes, store brands are the exact same. Honest! Diapers, however, are not. I have tried Life Brand (they are horrible) and the kind from Metro (they are great) and they are so very different from one another.
Huggies are just fine, but Pampers are the best. They never leak! Of course, they are the most expensive, so I only buy them if I can get them free (which is rare) or really cheap with sales and coupons. Definitely start out with a package of store brand diapers, though. See how you like them.
If you can’t stand them at all, you can get the name brand – but honestly, they’re all pretty much the same. Use coupons on name brands and ONLY buy them if they are on sale! Also, have you looked into cloth diapering? It’s MUCH cheaper than the disposables!
You can get most furniture second hand. Check Craigslist and Kijiji for cribs, bookshelves, dressers, etc. and watch how many pages of that stuff you will find! Also, there are some things you really do not NEED for a baby. For example – a change table.
Just use a dresser with a change pad on top! That’s what we do. We have the top drawer of the dresser filled with diapers, wipes, baby powder and all of that kind of stuff – the other drawers are filled with clothing. You can also use a bookshelf for toys.
Just because it has BOOK in the title, doesn’t mean only BOOKS can be put on it!
Make your own! It is soooo easy to make your own baby food. Those jars at the store are crazy expensive. I only got them when they were free or very very cheap. If you have a food processor, you’re ahead of the game.
If not, you can get those pretty cheap at Walmart or a similar store. Puree some peas or carrots. Mashed potatoes are easy. Applesauce is easy as well. Once your child gets older and they can have bit sized pieces of food, it is even easier.
They can pretty much eat what you eat at this point. Just cut up very small pieces of bread, fruit, vegetables, etc. and let them practice picking it up and eating it.
In my opinion, here are things you WILL need for your child:
- Car Seat: Invest in a 3 in 1 that can be used for children 5lbs. and up. ($150-$300)
- Stroller ($50-$100)
- Crib ($50-$150)
- Clothing: Buy used! ($50-$100 for the first year)
- Dresser ($50)
- Change Pad ($15)
- Baby Bathtub ($10)
- Diapers ($250-$500 for the first year)
Having kids doesn’t have to be expensive. Be frugal and buy most things second hand – and when that isn’t possible, shop around for the best deal!