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Did baby upset your budget?

If so how long did it take to get things back under control?
I thought I had things well taken care of and planned for when the new baby came. INstead now I'm always behind and having a really rough time making bills and ends meet. I'm hoping to get a better handle on things come January, but I was wondering what other moms have experienced.


Asked by JadeRDragosani at 9:49 PM on Nov. 28, 2010 in General Parenting

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  • no problem when i had 1 then 2...but after i had 3,and 4..i didnt just put a damaged my i learned to manage my money more wisely..thrift stores,hand me anything someone was willing to give me..even if i didnt want it or think i needed it..i used it or found some use for it..i gave up thing that were just necessaties an started focusing on the thing that i really needed..

    Answer by FreeSpriT4eva at 9:57 PM on Nov. 28, 2010

  • Well.. we will see!! We tried for one more knowing that we would be just fine budget a big surprise and are expecting twins!! I am nervous but so excited! Time will tell

    Answer by Ctink8189 at 9:50 PM on Nov. 28, 2010

  • Yes, it did upset our budget. I have had children before, but DH had not. I gave him the run down on what we would need and for how long, but he thought I was exaggerating, so he didn't plan as I thought he was.
    Our son is 18 months old and we are just getting back under control. The fact that he eats regular food is helping. What really blew our budget was the fact that his mom orignally said she would babysit, but later said she couldn't.

    Answer by layh41407 at 9:57 PM on Nov. 28, 2010

  • nope

    Answer by cheribabii613 at 9:59 PM on Nov. 28, 2010

  • I breastfeed, co-sleep, babywear, cloth diaper, cook at home and buy all my kids' clothing second hand. I spend almost no extra for my kids. I have a 2 1/2 year old daughter and a 3 month old son, and I spend MAYBE an extra $100 per month, including doctor's visits, food, clothing, etc.

    If I had to work then yes, it would really bite into our budget. Breastmilk storage, day care, extra doctor visits for sick kids... it can get really expensive. Thankfully I get to stay home.

    Answer by Ati_13 at 10:20 PM on Nov. 28, 2010

  • For sure. I'm definitely struggling. I ended up being a single mommy to my now 3 month old. Trying to support him, catch up on our hospital bills, and still make ends meet with no help is very hard. I'm glad he's still young, so he can still have a good Christmas without me spending very much.

    Answer by EverydayMomma at 10:54 PM on Nov. 28, 2010

  • Budget? What's a budget? (<--before kids). I made GREAT money before I had kids. Now that I don't work and DH is the only one working to support 4, yes...things have changed.

    Answer by HaydensMama07 at 11:24 PM on Nov. 28, 2010

  • It was an adjustment. But we have always had 2 incomes so it helped. We did cut back eating out but that is about it.

    Answer by Mom2Just1 at 10:36 AM on Nov. 29, 2010

  • No, I noticed no change really.

    Answer by salexander at 10:57 AM on Nov. 29, 2010

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