How do teen moms afford a baby?

i am 24 and have a good job and my husband has a good job and we are freaking out at the cost of my baby registry. over $1000 *** we are having twins*** where does a 15, 16, 17 come up with that money. so teen moms out there what do you do. and are you doing this with your boyfriend, parents or by yourself? i am not trying to judge you, i just want to know how you do it.

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Asked by Anonymous at 4:03 PM on Mar. 6, 2009 in Teens (13-17)

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  • They don't. Most have their parents, welfare and wic till they can make it on their own.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 4:05 PM on Mar. 6, 2009

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  • I don't see how either. In my state you can't even work until you are 15 and even then you have to jump through hoops to get a work permit - doctors note, parents agreement, and the employer has to sign some papers. And THEN your hours are limited until you are 16. I think you get 20 a week during the school year and 30 during the summer.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 4:07 PM on Mar. 6, 2009

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  • I got pregnant at 16, her father stayed with me and worked while I finished school. We did and still do live with my parents while we both finish up college. I have NEVER asked my parents for ANYTHING other than a place to live and we pay $200 a month for the one room we stay in. Yes with out my parents we wouldnt have been able to do it, but we dont take hand outs...everything my husband and I have ever gotten we worked for, and have earned. We buy everything for our daughter. I agree babies are expensive, but if you have a support system, you can do it. I know that my DD has NEVER gone with out anything, and her dad and I are amazing parents!!
    Mikayla_lynn

    Answer by Mikayla_lynn at 4:07 PM on Mar. 6, 2009

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  • They don't, we tax payers do:(
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 4:07 PM on Mar. 6, 2009

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  • I was 15 with my first. The only "welfare" we were on was medical. No wic, no foodstamps, no cash. We BOTH worked and we had our own place. Then again I wasnt having twins. Not only did we pay our bills, rent and other necessary costs on time but we also saved so much each week so we could get our daughter the things she needed...we had everything by the time she was born. So, in short not ALL teen mothers live with their parents, or off welfare, or wic, or other stupid misconceptions.
    ChaoticSoul

    Answer by ChaoticSoul at 4:09 PM on Mar. 6, 2009

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  • I had my son at 17 and DS was 19 he had a WONDERFUL job and still has that job. I also have a WONDERFUL job im 20 now. My dh made makes more money than and average 25 yr old. You need to MYOB!!!!!!!
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 4:10 PM on Mar. 6, 2009

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  • Calm down girly lol she is just asking cuz it seems hard to her MEOW!
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 4:12 PM on Mar. 6, 2009

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  • I hate ignorant people like the ANONs. Get over your self...I am an AMAZING mother and dont need your "tax payer" money because I make my own. Why do you judge people? I dont understand that, take care of your own kids and dont worry about mine as long as they are loved, how I take care of my kids dones effect you
    Mikayla_lynn

    Answer by Mikayla_lynn at 4:12 PM on Mar. 6, 2009

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  • This is an easy question to answer -Welfare;)
    What did I win?
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 4:12 PM on Mar. 6, 2009

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  • oh, and FYI at least in the state of Florida. If you are under age and pregnant you are considered an emancipated minor and there for are able to work 40 hrs a week..just like any other person.
    ChaoticSoul

    Answer by ChaoticSoul at 4:12 PM on Mar. 6, 2009

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