What Has Been YOUR Biggest ‘Surprise!’ Expense Since Having Children?

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When we were preparing for daughter #1 I did all the reading I could on what to expect that first year; and since I am a budgeter, a lot of that reading revolved around what we’d need to buy and how to save on what we would need.

I knew around how much it would cost for a pack of diapers, and of course we shopped around to find the big stuff, like a car seat and stroller.  I read tips on how to cut back on these expenses, which can add up to around $10,000 that first year. I clipped coupons and comparison shopped and I signed up with specific companies so I could get extra savings when I bought their products.

In all of that, though, I’d have to say our biggest surprise expense became diapering! I knew the cost of diapers. I signed up for coupons. I bought in bulk to save.

I didn’t realize, though, how many of those suckers we’d go through in a typical day! I grossly underestimated how often I would change a diaper those first few months, and we ended up spending nearly a third more on diapers than I anticipated.

So much for planning!

Now, maybe I was overzealous when it came to changing diapers. Maybe I went through more than necessary in an effort to keep baby’s bottom dry. Still, I believe overall I used the ‘normal’ amount, or at least close to it; it’s just that the amount I used turned out to be higher than I expected.  

What about you? What was your biggest surprise expense when it came to having a baby? The expense you might have known you’d have but didn’t calculate correctly? And how do you save money on that expense if you are still paying it?

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What Has Been YOUR Biggest ‘Surprise!’ Expense Since Having Children?

Kathy Murdock works as a full time writer and web designer. Recently planted in the middle of the deep south from the busy streets of Los Angeles, when she's not coding Wordpress websites or writing about women in business and thrifty motherhood, Kathy spends time photographing alligators, playing with her family, and running. ... More

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3 comments

  1. Brookeap says:

    scared of this topic! Trying to figure out numbers & be as frugal as possible!!

  2. Oksana says:

    Time! But the amount of diapers we went thru was a shock too!

  3. Dina says:

    I think i did a good job on calculating. I just didn’t relize that how much time baby takes. Its very hard to plan my day I always end up leaving half of the list to do for the next day. 🙂

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