Baby on a Budget Series

In honor (and celebration) of Olivia’s first birthday coming up next Friday, I’ve been busy posting about life with baby. I just finished a series about why we decided to have a little one, despite being young (broke) newlyweds, and now I want to talk about some of the specifics. Some of the things that have helped us keep the piggy bank in-tact as we raise a happy, healthy child.

It’s not as hard as you think.

For starters, you have to remember that the baby industry is a multi-billion dollar industry. They, whoever they are, seem to have figured out that, not only is having children a scary life-changing event, but that they can capitalize on the fears and the inconvenience many people experience by having kids.

As we have started to have kids, we seriously have questioned everything, including how you diaper, how you feed, and how you play. And we have found that 99.9% of the stuff you think you need (or they tell you you need) you really don’t need.

Sure, disposable diapers are more convenient. So is having a bonafide high chair. And maybe your mom bottle fed you formula so you really don’t know about breastfeeding. Whatever it is, I bet you there is another way to do it that just might save you a few nickles.

And of course, the truth is that having kids is time and energy consuming and some of the stuff they sell our there is pretty darn helpful. But if the high price of all the gizmos and gadgets (and food and clothing) and everything in between is what is keeping you from having a baby… well… maybe I can change your mind…



2 thoughts on “Baby on a Budget Series

  1. Yay! I’m stoked for these upcoming posts. From working at Whole Foods and living in a very new-agey city in a lot of ways, I find it crazy how companies have found ways to capitalize on both the mainstream baby industry (formula, disposable diapers, time-saving devices like you described) AND the “natural” baby industry (baby wraps, organic material toys, cloth diapers, etc.) It’s important to remember that most companies, even the ones that cater to people who don’t want to get swept up in baby product hype, are still ultimately out to make as much money off of you as possible. I see no other way someone could possibly be convinced to spend upwards of $80 on a piece of fabric that they could get at a craft store for $5.

    It seems like if they’re not motivating you with fear or inconvenience, they’ll do it with guilt over not doing things the green way. Fortunately, if you take a little while to think it through you realize that the truly “green” way of raising kids is to not spent tons of money on new products that you don’t actually need.

    Anyway, enough of that soapbox. Can’t wait to read more!

  2. Pingback: On Having a Baby Early, Broke, and Young: Part 4 | A Rich Household

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