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I have no clue how legit BabyCenter’s first-year baby costs calculator is BUT according to them (and I think they would sorta know) I have saved our family WELL over $8,000 since our first child was born with two simple choices.
Two things that I would want to do for my family anyway. Two things that when you know how much money you’re saving become amazing, delicious gravy on that crunchy high horse people immediately believe you’re riding.
That’s it folks. My boobs and the godsend modern invention of the washing machine (and dryer) are to thank for huge cash savings raising these babies.
Is cloth diapering always the most convenient choice? When you forget to switch the wet diapers to the dryer, nope. Or worse yet, when you forget to start the cloth diaper wash cycle until it’s past the last minute and there are adorable naked baby hineys waiting to wet the carpeted areas of your home (thankfully our home has hard surface flooring outside of two closets, but that’s where the messes happen!). Those things sort of suck. However, washing cloth diapers is crazy easy. If you can load a washing machine and add detergent, you’ve got this. Promise. You’ll also have a fatter wallet. Plus it’s way easier to run a load of laundry than run to the store with kids in tow. Forreal. You’re welcome.
Savings: at least $6000
Choosing to feed our children as nature intended has saved us more boat loads of money. Like thousands and thousands of dollars. Sure, breastfeeding can be inconvenient. Yes. Some women truly cannot breastfeed. However, as the human race has existed for eons dependent on human breastmilk, the OVERWHELMING majority of women CAN breastfeed with the proper education and support (another topic I am passionate about!). Given all the other benefits to both mother and baby I am truly baffled when so many women don’t give breastfeeding a true effort before turning to formula.
Savings: at least $3000
Are these two choices for every family? Of course not! However, they are two very simple ways to save your growing family thousands of dollars. Cloth diapering and breastfeeding are decisions I would have made regardless of the cost difference because I truly believe they are the healthiest and most responsible choices I can make when caring for my children. Discovering how much money I could save while choosing to cloth diaper and breastfeed simply further solidified my resolve. Both of my children began wearing cloth diapers as newborns and neither one of them ever had a drop of formula. Two incredibly simple, “crunchy” choices saved our family a ton of cash.
Tell me what you have done to save your growing family money! I always love hearing of other ways families have found to make raising children more affordable.