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Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Have an extra $50 a week?

Everyone says having a baby costs ALOT of money, but nobody actually tells you how much it costs. So here ya go- $50 a week, just to feed and diaper your baby. A can of formula costs about $25 and right now a can is lasting Jennie about a week. A box of diapers is $20-25 and a box of diapers lasts us about a week between taking some to daycare and leaving some at home. Am I missing anything in that calculation? Oh yea, clothes, doctors appointments...and that doesn't even count once your baby is old enough to start needing cereal, baby food, etc. Don't even get me started on how much baby gear costs- strollers, carseats, cribs, bouncy seats, swings, walkers, jumpers, toys. Just those several things alone can cost anywhere between the $500 to over $2000 range depending on how fancy you want to go. I got really lucky because I received tons of help from other families and had a HUGE baby shower and received way more things than I ever thought possible (seriously, I had at least 100 people at my shower!).
So do you have an extra $50 a week right now? Jake and I sure didn't at the time, but you learn to budget, meaning you go without things you thought you just "had" to have before. And I started couponing- yep, I'm officially a crazy coupon lady now, trapper keeper and baseball card holders for them and all. And to help you out, I have teamed up with fellow bloggers to offer a Paypal cash giveaway! Give them a "like" for your chance to win :) Thanks for reading!

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1 comment:

  1. Leslie what a smart post!! It's funny how much babies cost. It was something that my husband and I were aware of and felt we had to be prepared for. In truth you are never really prepared for all that parenting entails, emotionally or financially. I think it's great that you are getting into couponing, I didn't care about coupons at all until I had my kids and would see a great coupon for diapers, formula or some other baby need! Good luck with your giveaway!!