Money-Saving Tips Not Written By Someone Who’s Only Ever Seen Poor People On TV

woman-saving-moneyListen, babies are expensive. They eat your money out of pricey Dr. Brown’s bottles and then poop it out into pricey diapers. I’m all for learning how to manage money better and save a little cash here and there, particularly because I’m a parent. Making the decision to have a baby is like making the decision to light a bunch of money on fire, so I’m constantly looking for ways to cut costs.

That’s how I came across this gem of a blog post, entitled: 10 Ways To Have A Child On the Cheap. Only, instead of offering me fine wisdom nuggets it has nothing but condescending and sometimes blatantly terrible advice all wrapped in a little tortilla of privilege and dipped in condescension queso. It’s the worst.

In it, you’ll find such novel and cheap savings hacks as “breastfeed” and “cloth diaper”. Some of it is downright groundbreaking like “buy stuff when it’s on sale” and other times it is completely out of touch with reality, telling you to use your flexible spending account from your job, because everyone’s got a job with benefits, right? RIGHT?!? Actually, most of it is just self-congratulatory, like this little gem:

Keeping formula in the house is a known “booby-trap,” which is what breastfeeding activists have indicated can get in the way of a healthy and long-lasting breastfeeding relationship. Despite this, my morbid need to always be prepared led me to keep it in the house regardless. I knew I was determined not to use it, and over ten months into my daughter’s life, I haven’t ever opened a canister.

To be fair, a lot of money saving articles directed at parents read a lot like this one, the kind of tone-deaf crap that assumes we all have a few hundred dollars to spend on a bunch of G Diapers and nothing but time on our hands to wash them. So I won’t get mad. Instead, I’ve compiled my own list of ways to raise a baby on the cheap:

1. Feed Your Baby Cheetohs

In addition to being delicious, Cheetohs are relatively cheap when you compare them to formula, especially if you get store brand “Cheese-ohs” instead. Also, they have less poison than formula, so you gotta like that.

2. Housetrain Your Infant

Allowing your child to poop in the yard represents a relatively low start-up investment since all you need is a baby and some grass. Hey, a dog can do it. Are you saying babies aren’t as smart as dogs? You’re a bad person.

3. Clothing and Gear

Baby clothing and gear can get expensive, which is why you should forego both. First of all, your baby should already be coated with a fine layer of orange dust from the Cheetohs you’ve been feeding them, which will keep them warm. Second, since you’re home all day long anyway, try actually being a mother for once instead of just letting your kids play on a tummy mat, geez.

4. Have Money Before You Have A Baby

Screw FSAs and HSAs. Just have money and opportunities before you have a baby. If you can’t do that, you shouldn’t be having babies anyway. Boom logic.

You can reach this post's author, Theresa Edwards, on twitter.
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    • keelhaulrose

      Just don’t forget that if you’re driving a new car, even if it was a gift, you’re leasing it for cheap, you bought or leased it before losing your job and are kind of stuck with it, you borrowed it from someone else, or you “borrowed it without permission” you’re not allowed to get donations, because donations are for really poor people and not people who remind us that shit happens and we might be in the poor house ourselves in a matter of months.

      • CMJ

        We should just have internment camps for all the poors so we can always remind ourselves how poor people should live.

      • keelhaulrose

        Why should we make housing so easy for them? Ugh, those moochers should spend every free moment they have doing community service to “pay” for the right to live in the camp. I don’t care that they have a full time job, colleges are very excited to let in poor students and student loans fall from the sky like sharks in tornado movies and you have to actively work at avoiding getting a higher education. After that you step off the stage with your diploma and a full time job guaranteed to pay so much more than the one you worked on through college.
        Really, in this day and age, you have to try to be poor.

      • CMJ

        Hell, I live in San Francisco….you should see all the “poor” hipsters. Their lives are SO HARD. It’s really hard for them to find $7 for their artisanal toast.

      • Bleu Cheese Bewbs

        I’m going to start selling random shit at three times the regular price to trust fund hipsters. My plan is to market it as “artisanal” and possibly “reclaimed” (if it is not food) because those seem to bring all the hipsters to the yard.

      • sweetgotham

        I hope said yard houses heritage breed chickens and an apiary.

      • Bleu Cheese Bewbs

        Will add to the list!

      • rockmonster

        Weird smelling soaps bring hipsters (and me) to the yard. (Do milkshakes, too.)

      • Bleu Cheese Bewbs

        Soaps that have Cornflakes in them to provide exfoliation (and potentially snacking in an emergency situation).

      • rockmonster

        Farmer’s Market bread is delicious, but, you know, store bread is more than decent.

      • Spongeworthy

        Will there be forced breastfeeding at these camps? I hope so. It’s only considerate.

      • Bleu Cheese Bewbs

        Don’t forget mandatory cloth diapering.

      • Rachel Sea

        Out of homespun, handmade, hemp diapers.

      • http://salemthegoddess.com/ salemthegoddess

        this convo is glorious!

    • Blueathena623

      Oh please tell me more about parenting, lady who hasn’t even made it one full year.
      And I love how one money saving tip is having a registry. Really? You save money when other people use their money to buy and give you things you need? Please tell me more.

      • SunnyD847

        How is buying formula but not using it a money saving tip?

      • Kelly

        Don’t worry about that one. The rest are PURE GOLD.

      • Maria Guido

        That’s pretty much the best money saving tip I’ve ever heard. Buy me stuff. It saves me money – haha.

      • OptimusPrime*

        Crowdfund that kid! ;-)

      • Joye77

        Sad thing is that sometimes when you are poor, you frequently have poor friends as well. So you don’t really get so much at showers. You know those rich folks don’t want to be seen talking to us poor people, for shame!

    • Rachel Sea

      That does not sound like someone who ever fixed her shoes with the school’s hot glue gun and produce bags.

      • leahdawn

        I did this with a pair of my work shoes the other day when the soles cracked, it’ll be winter soon and like hell if they aren’t going to last until the snow flies (which could be next week, I live in Alberta after all.)

      • http://nessyhart.wordpress.com/ pixie Ninja Tits

        You mean you don’t already have snow? ;)

        I kid, I kid! I spent 4 years in NW Ontario, so I’ve had my fair share of harsh winters, and my boyfriend lived in Calgary until he was 10, so I’ve heard what the weather is like out there!

      • Joye77

        My husband literally used to duct tape his shoes together. The really sad thing was he actually had a decent job at the time and could readily afford new shoes. He just didn’t want to go to the store.

    • http://misuser.blogspot.com Alex Lee

      I’ve started eating my Cheetos with chopsticks and no longer get that protective coating of cheese dust. What do?

    • welp

      Aaand, we’re done here. When I first discovered the mommyish site, I was so excited. I thought I had found a news site directed to parents with a humorous slant. And for a time this was true. I’m not sure if you have article quotas, but it seems like it. This article as a stand alone could be funny. It being a snarky response to an article that is frankly better written and certainly took more effort makes this article seem so petty and defensive. Raising a kid is expensive for 99% of the population, and the original author was simply sharing their perspective. Is it perfect? Certainly not. But this site has become the peanut gallery it so deplores. I accept that in this day of immediate gratification the articles need to get pumped out as fast as possible, but I’d rather read one well written, thoughtful article each day than scroll through a page and a half of ego stroking. Many of the articles read as very defensive, as though each author needs to rip apart other parenting styles to justify their own. I get enough of that in real life; I think most of us do. The comments on the sites are either tiptoeing around each other in an effort to play nice, or everyone gangs up on the one dissenter. There’s little room for debate or real discussion on most subjects. Given that any replies to this will likely be calling me a troll, an asshat, a fascist, or a butthurt idiot accompanied with gifs, I won’t be checking back. I apologise to the author that this was the straw for this camel, the article itself is not the issue.

      • CMJ

        Wait. Maybe I don’t understand things…but what is the actual problem? You don’t have a problem with this post but it’s all the other ones? The commenters on Mommyish?

      • whiteroses

        This ones for you!

      • CMJ

        So we’re either nice or ganging up? I am so confused.

      • whiteroses

        I think it depends on if they like what we’re saying or not.

      • rockmonster

        Should I break out Foghorn Leghorn?

      • rockmonster
      • Spongeworthy

        This is perfect, because most of the time when people announce they’re quitting here, my first thought is “frankly my dear, I don’t give a damn.”

      • whiteroses

        Exactly. It’s like- ok, you never comment, you’re clearly a lurker, and now you’re flouncing off to escape a burning Atlanta.

        Big freaking whoop.

      • Bleu Cheese Bewbs

        Lol I can’t stop watching it

      • OptimusPrime*

        Love it! I participate in a FB group that sees a lot of these huffy posts. We call it flouncing. ;-)

      • Joye77

        yup, that’s the first thing I thought…flounce, flounce away welp!!!

      • Shelly Lloyd

        I love you. In a totally platonic internet sort of way.

      • Bleu Cheese Bewbs

        As far as your remarks about the commenters go, I am really confused. You don’t like when people agree with each other, but you also don’t like when they disagree?

      • rockmonster
      • Bleu Cheese Bewbs

        Bahahhaa! These are awesome.

      • rockmonster
      • Joye77

        awesome! I love it!

      • rockmonster
      • Newbee

        Gosh, where do I start? I agree, mommyish isn’t a news site. I’ve never expected it to be, It’s more so a community. The writers aren’t reporters, they’re bloggers. That’s not a bad thing, just a different thing. I’m sorry this site isn’t what you thought it was, but some of us plebs really enjoy it. Perhaps you could look into some “long news” outlets to meet your needs. They won’t have a parenting slant, but to be fair, parenting is the oldest/newest topic ever, right up there with the sex that makes them parents. There’s a reason Cosmo’s “84754 ways to please your man” are the same. Every. Single. Month. Because there’s only so much advice you can give about the same old things. But every parent is starting a new journey, and this is all new to each of them. So you outgrew the site, good for you. Some of us still buy Cosmo for a reason :)

      • Newbee

        Btw, I don’t actually expect you to read any of these replies (I’m kind of naive like that). I assume you feel like this was the only way Mommyish & Co would know you’re upset, but there is actually a “contact me” link at the bottom of the page. You might get a better resolution using that instead of publicly disparaging the site and opening yourself to criticism. But like I said, you won’t read this.

      • KarenMS

        Oh she’ll (he’ll?) be back.

      • Dirty Old Lady Phillips

        ….Sorry? Bye? Don’t go? Not if this is a carrot or stick situation.

      • Fondue

        Why not? That usually seems to work.

      • Dirty Old Lady Phillips

        Especially with cops and professors.

      • OmoNaija

        Definitely not. No boobs. We’ve clearly ascertained here on mommyish that tits-whipping definitely causes more havoc than guns, remember? I’m right, right?

      • CMJ

        http://www.reactiongifs.us/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/stop_dont_come_back_willy_wonka.gif

        (I mean. Sorry. I am the official “holder of the gifs” over here)

      • rockmonster

        *pouts* Someday…

      • whiteroses

        Yes, you are. I have nothing on you :)

      • LadyClodia the Modest Rat

        http://i.imgur.com/xDD9Sum.gif

        (I have been waiting to use this one forever.)

      • rockmonster

        I usually go to reactiongifs.com

      • LadyClodia the Modest Rat
      • rockmonster

        There are also giphy.com, reactiongifs.us, gifsoup.com, memebase.cheezburger.com/senorgif, etc.

      • LadyClodia the Modest Rat
      • Bleu Cheese Bewbs

        Moar GIFs because they are funny.

        Love,
        The Peanut Gallery
        http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-hh2PC91ZFgc/Uuk05mP7kuI/AAAAAAAAE4Q/Z9noycCxhWY/s1600/url-1.gif

      • Guest

        This is my first posted GIF. I chose Jon Stewart because he rocks.

      • rockmonster

        It’s not showing up. You need to copy-paste the URL in.

      • LadyClodia the Modest Rat
      • rockmonster
      • shel

        Aaaannnddd….. Flounce??

      • rockmonster
      • Shelly Lloyd

        I don’t know about you, but I’m only for the super cool gifs.

      • guest

        I agree completely – this used to be my favorite site. I found the articles and the comments to be intelligent, well though out, and interesting to come back to day after day. I am not sure when it happened, but within the last couple of months- the articles are catty and whiny (with the exception of Valerie- she is an awesome addition), the comments are all by the same posters, and dare you disagree exactly what you mentioned above happens. They don’t disagree in an intellectual manner whatsoever, everyone that’s not a regular commenter is made to feel like an outsider. I miss the Mommyish that wasn’t a mean girls-esque cliquey site like it is now. The commenters who don’t see eye to eye with the regulars get torn up more than freaking Eckler used to in her articles. It’s not really hard to believe that ‘welp’ won’t be back. It’s just a different site – that’s all.

      • whiteroses

        Honestly, it’s not that regulars tear people apart- it’s just that if you act like a jerk, we’ll call you on it. In the last few months there’s been a lot of “I’m going to bitch about Mommyish YOURE ALL SO MEAN even though I said something terrible”. Lots of trolls, and a lot of complaining that the site isn’t inclusive enough, when you can read the articles and it’s obvious that it’s written with a bent to the left of the political spectrum.

        And frankly, I don’t understand it. Nobody keeps you here, and if you dislike it so much nobody is forcing you to stay. If you don’t like the content, let the writers know directly. But posting it on the comment section just makes you look like you’re seeking attention. If you truly want to improve the quality of the site, there are different ways to do it than the most attention seeking way possible. You don’t like the comments, don’t read them. And if you truly dislike it so much, the Internet has plenty of sites that will cater to your sensibilities.

      • guest

        Seriously. It’s the same old story back and forth, someone makes a comment saying they don’t like something, and someone responds “if you don’t like it, why are you here” crap. You are completely missing my point, I do like it, granted I used to like it more. I keep coming back because I am hoping that it will be different, or that the comments will be more engaging. I don’t know. Either way – isn’t it telling that ‘welps’ comment received 11 upvotes? And no one is a jerk if they slightly disagree with a comment or add their own opinion. It’s called being intolerant of other peoples beliefs- Whether or not you agree with them or not. It’s a complete mob mentality. A lot of the comments aren’t terrible, and a lot of commenters aren’t trolls. If the comments are open on a post anyone can leave whatever they want on them. You’re so beyond missing the point. People DID like the comments before there was an obvious shift, they come back because blind faith perhaps? Either way. It’s not up for debate. I believe mommyish has changed, you don’t. Great.

      • whiteroses

        And you’re completely missing my point. If you don’t like the content, there are ways that are far less attention seeking than posting in the comment section. truly- if you don’t like it, nobody’s keeping you. You may hate it here, but as long as the stories still get hundreds of comments and clicks, that really doesn’t matter.

        If you don’t think there have been a lot of trolls recently, I encourage you to check out the “ex wife sign” story. We’ve had more people say things that are deliberately inflammatory recently than any time in recent memory.

        As for the eleven up votes on welps comment- doesn’t mean a heck of a lot. Eleven anonymous up votes that could easily have been posted by the same person does not a consensus make.

    • Dirty Old Lady Phillips

      Only the best mothers care enough to re-price organic produce at the grocery store for their poor snowflakes. Fact.

      • rockmonster

        Uh, do you have anything else to say?

      • Dirty Old Lady Phillips

        Be patient, young grasshopper. All true wisdom is worth waiting for.
        Also, my internetz suck.

      • rockmonster

        Ah. Carry on, then.

      • rockmonster

        Re-price?

      • Bleu Cheese Bewbs

        Taking the stickers off the conventional produce and sticking them on the organic. #thuglife

      • rockmonster
      • Dirty Old Lady Phillips

        Or memorizing SKU numbers and using the self checkout line. I mean, that’s what I heard, anyway.

    • aCongaLine

      I adore the modest proposal approach. Laughing in stitches over here. :)

    • Tina

      Referring to the original article, I get that the tips might not work for everyone (like breastfeeding, cloth diapers or FSAs) or they are just stating common sense (buying in bulk, buying used and taking advantage of sales), but how exactly was it deduced that the author who wrote it is all privileged and has only “seen poor people on TV”?

      I honestly didn’t find it condescending at all, just more misguided and unnecessary since everyone knows that breastfeeding is free, sales mean spending less money and kids give you tax breaks. I’m genuinely confused as to what is apparently so offensive about it. Definitely not for everyone, but these suggestions seem relatively reasonable and factual to me if it fits someone’s situation…

      • LadyClodia the Modest Rat

        The point is that if you know how a lot of poor people actually live, you’ll realize that a lot of these tips aren’t very helpful. Breastfeeding and cloth diapers can be money-savers if you have the time and resources to do them, but they aren’t options for a lot of people. (That’s not to say they shouldn’t be options available to everyone, but the truth is that they’re not.) And breastfeeding is not always free, not by a long shot.

      • rockmonster
      • rockmonster

        And it wasn’t! Popcorn for everyone!

      • Tina

        I get where you’re coming from, but it also doesn’t specify that these are tips for only “the poor”. A lot of people wouldn’t consider themselves by definition truly “poor” but still look for ways to save money every single day as they are far away from even being financially comfortable (let alone well-off), and want to save for something like a vacation or their kids education. It doesn’t make them oh-so-privileged and condescending.

        Also, how is breastfeeding not always free and not by a long shot? I’m actually interested, not trying to challenge you or anything. I might just be uninformed because everything I’ve ever heard says that breastfeeding is the free way to feed your baby. Other than maybe buying a pump, what sort of costs could possibly be associated with it?

      • Spongeworthy

        Breast feeding is cheap from a dollars-and-cents perspective, yes (not counting a pump, although you can get them at a reduced cost now thanks to the ACA), but it is anything but free in terms of a woman’s time and effort. Breastfeeding is a very time-intensive thing, especially in the beginning when you’re trying to get everything figured out and the baby is eating all the time. If you have to go back to work quickly, you have to figure out when you can pump, where you can pump, where you can store it–and that’s if you can do it. A person working in retail, or food service, or in a warehouse, may not be able to take pump breaks during their shift or have a place to pump. And pumping can be a real pain in the butt, and can take a while to get anything. And then you still have to buy bottles so that the baby has something to eat out of while you’re gone. And you’ll probably want some nursing pars so you aren’t walking around at work with wet spots on your shirt.
        I went back to work after 12 weeks, and was fortunate to work in an environment that was very supportive of me pumping. And I was in a position where I could say that I would be taking pump breaks without fear of losing my job. And it was STILL a pain to work it all out in my day. For someone in a low-paying job with no bargaining power, it can be very difficult. And if you can’t keep your supply up, or if you’re supplementing, then you’re buying formula. So sometimes saying “breastfeeding is free!” is a misleading statement. There is much more that goes into it than sticking your boob in a kid’s mouth, especially if you go back to work before they wean.

      • Tina

        All of that makes sense for sure, thanks for explaining. I totally get that breastfeeding is very time-consuming and inconvenient, especially when a woman needs to go back to work. I was only referring to the dollars-and-cents perspective though, which is why I mentioned that saving money through breastfeeding won’t work for everyone. Situations differ, but without that in consideration and at its basic form, breastfeeding is free and can save someone a lot of money. For example, for a SAHM who isn’t planning on going back to work anyway or for someone who has a supportive workplace and high breast milk supply, it would definitely make a huge financial difference.

      • Spongeworthy

        Absolutely. I was one of those where everything just kind of fell into place: my kid took to it from the start, my supply was good, my son had no trouble going from breast to bottle and back (some kids will refuse a bottle if they’re used to nursing), my workplace was supportive, etc. so yea, we saved a ton by not needing formula. But there are a ton of factors that went into it.

      • Tina

        Definitely, and I’m glad to hear everything lined up perfectly for you:)

      • Allyson_et_al

        Agreed. The only reason I was able to breastfeed is that I didn’t have a job. I could not pump to save my life (like, 20 minutes for a lousy ounce), so if I’d been working, there would have been no way.

      • OptimusPrime*

        The lost work hours? The pump and bottles (or ice cube trays) for working mamas? The nipple cream? Those special bras? Anyone who’s actually breastfed want to chime in with more?

      • Tina

        Jeez, why so bitter-sounding? I was just asking a simple question to actually get informed…

      • LadyClodia the Modest Rat

        Depending on your situation, the price of breastfeeding can seriously add up. With my older son it was definitely not cheap for probably the first 4-5 months. Depending on how much you’ll be pumping, you might need a top of the line pump which will run you a couple of hundred dollars. You might need bottles both for feeding and storage, and accommodating accessories to go with the breast pump if what comes with it doesn’t fit you. Nursing bras and possibly a nursing pillow, to keep comfortable. And that’s if everything goes well. There might be lactation consultant visits that aren’t paid by insurance if your baby can’t latch, you might have to buy shields or other things to help your baby latch. Then doctors visits for you and baby and medication if you get an infection, possibly multiple times. I also leaked a lot, so I had to buy disposable nursing pads so I didn’t have to change my bra/shirt multiple times a day, and those pads can get pretty expensive. Plus, when I had the infections I still needed to buy formula and bottles to supplement him.
        It was a lot cheaper with my younger son, but he didn’t have any problems nursing. I still had to buy the nursing pads, though.

      • Tina

        Hmm I never even thought of all those costs. I’ve never breastfed (no babies for me yet!) so I guess they just don’t automatically come to mind. Thanks for your insight! :)

      • LadyClodia the Modest Rat

        You’re welcome. :)
        But this is also part of the problem. There are a lot of people and a lot of sites out there that act like breastfeeding is completely free, and so it’s not hard for a new mother to get blindsided by these potential costs. I took breastfeeding classes before my older son was born, and if they discussed these things at all it was very briefly. Plus, I guess I could add breastfeeding classes to the cost too. ;)

      • Tina

        For sure, I think it would be super helpful to give people a realistic expectation so that they aren’t blindsided. Even though I knew about a few of the costs you mentioned, even those common ones are always downplayed so much (by said people and websites) that unless you’ve experienced it, it’s hard to know what costs could possibly come up.

      • C.J.

        I would just like to add that breastfeeding makes you hungry too. At least it did for me. I saved money on formula but spent it on extra food and milk for me.I was starving all the time when I was nursing.

      • Katherine Handcock

        Oh, I spent a ton of money on nursing pads – the downside of having an oversupply. I soaked through them multiple times daily for the first three months. I remember doing the math at one point – 8 breast pads daily, 44 in a pack, a pack costs $10…

        Nothing is a perfect solution, and I think it does a disservice to parents to pretend anything is a one-size-fits-all answer.

      • Guest

        Breastfeeding is not free, unless you do not value a woman’s time. And if you want to make breastfeeding more comfortable, nursing bras, pillows and nipple cream costs money. If you have to return to work that is a pump and bottles to buy, and if you are having issues, supplements and LCs can cost more than buying formula! I know this for a fact, my friend spent more than I did in her six months of breastfeeding than I did in my year of formula feeding.

    • leahdawn

      I often feel like I’m “too poor to have kids”. The baby bug having bitten me firmly on the ass, I’m now rolling up my nickels (because there aren’t any pennies anymore) and trying to save up for a baby. Having mat leave at my new job in a year’s time will help, and DH getting educated will help too, and then we might not have to let random strangers room with us thru Airbnb in order to get enough cash to pay the mortgage.
      Coupled with DH’s ongoing mental health issues, babies just seem so out of reach sometimes. And it makes me sad, because I would really love to get irresponsibly knocked up right now. And no, it wouldn’t be the end of the world if I did, but I’m attempting to do the so called “right thing” and not be a burden on society.
      What’s harder is not being a whiny pouty bitch about it like I’m doing right now.

      • Katherine Handcock

        Oh, man, do I feel you. Sean and I waited a long time after I wanted to get pregnant to actually start trying. I was ready to whine to everyone who would listen about how much it sucked to be responsible.

        Hang in there!

    • Melanie Black

      forget the Roomba…adopt a dog. Best floor cleaners EVER for dropped food, especially when kids are at that sloppy age. which is from birth to 18 and beyond, best I can figure.

      • MerlePerle

        It worked both ways for us. The dog picked up anything that fell off the high chair, while the baby army crawled all over the floor, taking every dog hair with hin.

      • Simone

        I had a friend visit with her toddler. I fed both toddlers little bowls of snacky things like nuts and sultanas and what-have-you. Most of it ended up on the floor and friend asked me incredulously why I didn’t have a small dog to take care of the carpet :)

    • Zettai

      I actually found a couple items similar to this when I was looking for a minimal baby prep checklist, chock-full of condescension. Why get a crib when DUH the baby should sleep in your bed NEXT TO MOM, you monster!, and so on, and so on, and so on. Grr.

    • loki

      We are able to afford our kid because she was the first grandchild on both sides. I am an only child and the hub’s older brother is a bachelor for life. The ‘rents showered us with oodles of goodies and still do plus his two grandmothers (still alive – one over 80 and one over 90!) are always sending us checks for her. We’ve convinced them to stop buying anything for us for the holidays and just buy kid stuff.

    • Katherine Handcock

      Best bit of money-saving advice I ever read was in Ann Douglas’ Mother of All Baby Books, which has an awesome section about shopping for a baby. Basically, she points out that a real newborn needs very little: a safe way to travel (car seat and stroller – or maybe just stroller if you don’t have a car); a safe place to sleep (crib or bassinet, with advice about co-sleeping if you want to); minimal clothing; diapers of whatever type you require. All that stuff that’s on the registry is the “nice to haves”, not the “need to haves.” Heck, even the “must-have” high chair isn’t really a must-have until the kid’s ready to start eating solids, so you can budget and save for it rather than having it the day the kid pops out. I really wish I had read her section about it more thoroughly before I shopped for my kids!

    • Marisa Quinn-Haisu

      The one about clothes was a bit funny for me. I know babies are supposed to grow out of clothes real quick but mine is 3 months old and some of her newborn clothes are still too big on her. So that’s one area that hasn’t been expensive for us.

      • PAJane

        Yet.

    • http://www.ambiencechaser.com/ Elizabeth Licata

      I think I figured out how to have a baby on the cheap: have baby in another country. No medical expenses, and the baby gets 300 euros a month. (Also 14 months parental leave at 65% of the parent’s normal salary or 175 euros a month, if the at-home parent was not previously employed, but my partner and I work from home and aren’t taking it this year.)

      • PAJane

        That’s amazing. What country?

    • Sara610

      Hey, this is totally unrelated, but does anyone know how to get an unwanted follower to un-follow you? Someone just started following me, and I most definitely do not want that person as a follower. My creep factor is going through the ceiling right now.

      • CMJ

        Unfortunately, you can’t block people on disqus…. :( I’ve tried too.

    • alexesq33

      Seriously, why don’t these moms have time to wash diapers? Can’t they just stay home with their kids? Oh they’re PAYING FOR DAYCARE???? Talk about disposable income.
      *sarcasm font*

    • val97

      The breastfeeding one always gets me. Yes, it’s super cheap to breastfeed… until you go back to work at your crappy service job with a manual pump and storage closet.

    • PAJane

      Dude, check your privledge and don’t assume I have enough money to live in a house with a yard and a fence. I can’t just train my baby to shit on the lawn if i live in an apartment on the 3rd floor. I’d have to strap the monkey leash on him and walk him around the block until he shits on some random neighbor’s lawn, and I have to buy those little blue bags to pick it up and carry the shit back home with us, because otherwise my neighbors will post all those passive aggressive signs about how I have to pick up after my baby.