Life Events: Preparing your baby budget

BUDGETING FOR YOUR NEW BABY   First time parents are not going to be shocked to learn that bringing their baby into this world is going to cost them some money. Think of everything that you use to care for yourself in a day, then keep adding to that list diapers, formula and so on.  Having worked these costs into your budget and possibly adding some new categories to your baby budget such as baby categories will help to ease some of the stress of just how much of money you will spend. If you don’t have a budget you can download Mr.CBB’s free excel budget spreadsheet which has a sheet for every month of the year and you can customize categories as you need. As a mom of two children I can safely say that I’ve learned what I need to buy and what I don’t need to buy over the years but the final call is up to you. Being informed is the first step in preparing for the arrival of your baby. How to save money when having a baby? That’s a good question because the expenses of having a baby can grow exponentially if you aren’t […]

PF Weekly Grab A Brew 29: Breastfeeding in public and free pizza

I don’t normally read breastfeeding stories but it was the breastfeeding in public and the free pizza title that caught my eye while reading my daily dose of Yahoo News. We don’t have any children but that doesn’t mean that we don’t think about how parenting would affect our lives if we were to have a child. I was a breastfed baby as was my siblings who later did the same with their children when they became parents. Costs involved There are benefits to breastfeeding although it was more about nutrition and money savings, my sister says. In the UK I’ve seen a baby being breastfed many times and to me it seems like a natural thing to do for a mother. Granted they were always covered up which seems appropriate. I don’t give too much notice to it though. I guess I have lots to learn if I want to be a father some day. I have seen the outrageous costs of formula and baby diapers so stockpiling will be a priority for us if we do have a baby. My sister told me that the cost of buying baby formula was so expensive that if she was able to […]

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