Babies are expensive! Right? Well, Mrs. RPF and I haven’t found it to be so. Today, I’d like to introduce you to my wife and we’ll share with you some of the strategies we’ve found useful in raising our son.
- Kids will cost you exactly as much money as you have. Or as much as you decide to spend on them.
- Build a lifestyle that leaves momma (and dad too, if possible) with lots of time! Time is essential to savings.
- Source as much of your stuff as possible for free. Our society is overrun with perfectly good baby gear just sitting around waiting for you to grab it. (Go curb-diving, enjoy strategic gifts, get good at cleaning stuff up.)
- Barter and borrow as much as possible. (Family and friends in similar lifestages are useful!)
- Choose to use things that are reusable instead of disposable. (cloth diapers, wipes etc.)
- Consider strategies that allow you to eliminate or reduce your need for special baby stuff. (breastfeeding, “EC,” “Baby-Led Weaning,” etc.)
- Plan ahead and store what you’re going to need and plan items that have long projected lifespans.
- The Business of Baby by Jennifer Margulis
- Costs of Cloth Diapers vs Disposables
- Baby-Led Weaning by Gill Rapley and Tracey Murkett
- 51:14" target="_blank">Info on EC from DiaperFreeBaby.org