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racheltom racheltom 6 years
camillerasmussen camillerasmussen 6 years
Having a child is expensive, and they demand a lot from you, so when you think of having sex with your partner you have to make sure you have protection. You will get in there in time there's no point in rushing becoming a parent. You also have to find the right guy to settle with and there are also lots of other things to consider such as proper education for you and your partner so you can provide for the little child you will be having. Planning is part of life and you have to be determined to be a parent not just because you reached the age or point where you are the only one in your circle of friends that doesn't have a child. Having a baby is a big deal it is not just having 2 dogs, babies have lots of demands.
bluepuppybites bluepuppybites 8 years
I know that number seems so very high. Hand-me downs! If you can't breastfeed sign up for those wonderful coupons, they save a ton on diapers and saved a bunch for my sister on formula.
Chouette4u Chouette4u 8 years
$11,000 in the first year??? You can do it for A LOT cheaper than that if you need to. My personal advice is to breastfeed! Saves at least $1000/year :)
bluepuppybites bluepuppybites 8 years
We had our daughter and she was an accident, we were not in a situation to have a baby, but we have made it work and she helped us become an even better couple. We have a better focus on our goals and future, because we are still scraping by, we have in the past year clear all of our debt and are now saving for a house. I have become determined to finish school to increase our income. Now with another on the way, we'll be struggling again but we manage to make it work and we know that our hard work will be rewarded. Every situation is different.
kurniakasih kurniakasih 8 years
I think this is an awesome article, Savvy. People who are considering to have children should read this article. These are only 8 of the things that future parents need to know, there are many more too! In no way, this was discouraging at all, I think that we need to look at things sensibly too beside the wonderful, delightful aspects of being parents. Like blblio says, knowledge is power :)
bibliophile bibliophile 8 years
I think this information is crucial and a great resource for anyone contemplating having children. I feel too often people rush into having babies without really thinking about the overall cost. Knowledge is power. Thanks, Savvy!
Modus-Vivendi Modus-Vivendi 8 years
I wonder how many of us would be here if our parents had considered all of these things. ;)
MrsRachel MrsRachel 8 years
I'm looking forward to solving our financial situation...because I can't wait to have kids!
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 8 years
We can comfortably afford raising children, but we're child-free by choice. Raising children is not something we want to accomplish.
Smart-Living Smart-Living 8 years
dienliv- The intention is not to discourage, but to set up expectations and encourage couples to understand the financial implications before starting a family. The article points out the various ways that finances must be reallocated, but in no way does that imply a child would be burdensome.
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