Should Couples Be Financially Stable Before Pregnancy?

PARENTING WHEN YOU’RE OLDER DOESN’T MAKE IT ANY EASIER THAN IF YOU’RE YOUNGER.   Yes, I’m a 40 year-old dad with a 3-year-old toddler, a career I love, zero debt, mortgage free and ability to offer experiences to our son that I didn’t have. This wasn’t the way I had envisioned parent-hood to be but it was the way it turned out for us and we’re surviving just fine. Being financially stable has nothing to do with getting pregnant and everything to do with surviving and never giving up. There are couples out there reading this who are struggling or struggled in the past to get pregnant after many miscarriages and NO results on a pregnancy test. There are also couples who have different parenting styles which may or may not make them “cool parents” but that’s not what parenting is about. There’s more to sharing your heart than all the money in the world. Related: Do Dollar Store Pregnancy Tests Work? Whether you are working or not becoming parents means that you must provide for your child in any way you can. Often this may lead parents to seek support from family, friends and the government system when available. […]

Shocking List Of Baby Products We Wasted Money On

  FIRST-TIME PARENTS CAN EASILY GET CAUGHT UP IN THE MARKETING GAME OF BABY PRODUCTS JUST LIKE WE DID.   It was time to say bye-bye baby store and welcome back to our living space which was taken over by our first baby all because we thought we needed more for him than he really did need. I bet you are wondering why we were so shocked at the amount of money we blew on baby products we didn’t need and the answer is simple, marketing.As finance nerds we should have known better to watch out for gimmick items but it’s tough when you’re a new parent and limited support around you. Most of all you don’t really know what to expect. Our biggest baby research tool was the internet and chatting to other parents when they noticed the baby bump and started chatting about their own children. We could have asked our parents however times have changed and parents must ensure babies are in a car seat and hot water bottles are frowned upon.   Overwhelmed Parents   The Mrs. and I literally felt like we were running a baby goods store from the time our son was born […]

I Handed In My Resignation Letter And Quit My Job : The Saturday Weekend Review #231

WORKING SIX DAYS A WEEK WITH YOUR FOOT IN THE DOOR   For the past three years I’ve spent most of my time at work which means I’ve missed out on lots of time with my wife and our 3-year-old son. Over the years readers of this blog would email me and ask why I was working so much if we were debt free. I could understand why they wanted to know but at the same time it’s not unusual as many families struggle on one income or even two. Related: How we became debt free in 5 years There were plenty of days when I asked myself the same question but I continually received the same answer. I’m doing it because I want to work in a career that I will love until I retire. It’s not about the money. Sometimes you just have to look at what you are doing and picture yourself as you age and wonder whether you can continue doing it. If no, find something that you can do or that is sustainable for the long-haul that will make you smile and bring in the income you need. Some careers are great when you are […]

5 Inexpensive Gadgets All New Parents Should Own : The Saturday Weekend Review #220

IF YOU’RE LOOKING FOR A BABY SHOWER GIFT THESE GOODIES HAVE BEEN THE BEST PARENTING INVESTMENTS YET.   I’m sure many parents reading this can think back to some baby gadgets or products which made their new role as parents a bit easier. Hands up if you’re one of those parents who bought too much useless baby stuff just because you thought you’d need it. Yes, that was us. >>>Both hands in the air. Now that our son is almost 3 years-old (wow where did the time go) Mrs. CBB and I have gone through boxes and boxes and boxes and boxes of baby clothes (I know, right?) and piles of stuff we never used. The biggest problem was that we read too much, believed too much and fell into the “new parent syndrome” mode making sure we were fully stocked with what we needed. Related: How having a baby affected our monthly budget I will admit that we have boxes of baby diapers that haven’t been opened yet, clothes that still have the tags and other crazy things that have never come out of the box. We have a formula mixer that we bought just in case our son […]

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3 Grocery Games I Play With Our Son While Shopping : The Grocery Game Challenge 2017 #5 Mar 27-Apr 2

GROCERY SHOPPING WITH YOUR TODDLER CAN EASILY BECOME A REWARDING LIFE SKILL FOR THEM.   Parents who bring their kids grocery shopping know how important it is to keep them occupied.The last thing any parent wants is to have their children throw tantrums at the grocery store. It only prolongs the grocery shop and adds stress to what could be a fun shopping trip of grocery games. Growing up my siblings and I would goof off at the grocery store and not give much notice to the food that surrounded us. In essence we kept each other busy which seems like a parenting win although my parents missed a valuable opportunity to educate us about where we were, what we were doing there and why it was important. Missed opportunity means- you can’t get the time back but you can certainly get back into the game when needed. It was too late for us kids as we eventually stayed home and played while our parents went grocery shopping. As I got older I found grocery shopping to be relaxing and fun for me because it puts me in a happy place. I love to cook and to me food really […]

9 Simple Jobs For Teens To Earn Christmas Shopping Money

PARENTS YOU MIGHT BE GOING THROUGH THIS SITUATION RIGHT NOW WITH YOUR TEEN.   You’re almost done your Christmas shopping when your teen comes to you and mentions that her friends decided to have a Christmas gift exchange. There is only one problem, she has no money. It’s easy to say no you can’t shop because you have no money but that doesn’t solve the problem because no alternatives were offered for your teen to earn money. What do you do? One of my CBB fans is going through this problem with her teen and needs parenting advice. Christmas shopping is fun for just about anyone who plans on giving during the holidays whether gifts are bought online, the mall, downtown shops, small business owners or even at bazaars and craft shows. For some Christmas has turned into a huge consumer money grabbing spree but for the kids it will always be something they look forward to. Not all children participate in Christmas as it depends on the parents but for those that do your child at some point will want to buy their own gifts. Once your teen understands that giving is more important than receiving you may find […]

Why We Bought Our Toddler Christmas Presents At The Dollar Store

THE TOP TEN DOLLAR STORE CHRISTMAS PRESENTS FOR KIDS ARE SIMPLE BUT FUN.   Christmas presents are only part of the holiday season but one of the most expensive. While some parents might drop a jaw reading the title of this post and say they’d never spend money buying Christmas Presents at the Dollar store for their children other parents say this is all they can afford. Our little guy is working his way up to three years old and recognizes toys and anything that goes zoom from a mile away. That’s why we chose to find the Top 10 Hottest Christmas Presents for boys and girls at the Dollar Store this week. Whether you think the toys are cheap that’s up to you but remember what you buy will soon be buried and forgotten. How’s that for a smile and a wad of cash?   Kids only get what we give them. Your choice, Your money.   We have no issues with stopping by Mastermind Toys, Toys R Us or any other store that offers children’s toys with our boy. He’s perfectly happy just looking at the boxes and on occasion playing with toys that he can get his […]

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4 Costly Kitchen Distractions To Avoid While Cooking : The Grocery Game Challenge 2016 #5 Oct 31-Nov 6

KITCHEN SAFETY AND EXPENSES BEGINS WITH LIMITING DISTRACTIONS   You might think what I’m about to say is NOT a big deal until something happens to you or even worse someone you love. Both mental and physical distractions while cooking can produce a ruined meal, injury, death or damage to your house or apartment. Don’t turn your kitchen into an episode of Kitchen Nightmares. It’s so easy to get caught up in everyday life that when we get home it’s tough to turn off from the work day. How we choose to try and do that may affect the way we prepare meals in the kitchen and potentially your wallet depending on the outcome. You or someone else could lose a life You or someone else could get injured You burn and ruin your meal You cause a fire What are distractions? Distractions are anything that takes your eyes and mind off the task(s) at hand. Related: Should I get tenants insurance? You may be one of those people who are able to multi-task and do it all but when I’m in the kitchen I like to think I’m on the job. Imagine you were a chef in a restaurant […]

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