Over the last 3 days we've closed out 2 of our registries. Babies are expensive! We still have one open that we are holding on to in case we think of anything we need to add and use the completion coupon. Glad that we are holding off on that one for a bit so I can recover from this most recent hit.
We're just getting started. I did a baby cost calculator. Good thing I didn't do that BEFORE we got pregnant. There's a link to it in my latest blog post at:
Ahh, you went audio only. My wife and I are paranoid so we registered for the deluxe Motorola, night vision, swivel camera, Predator heat-vision camera. It's probably overkill. Something like $180. I like the price of yours better.
Have you experienced any interference issues on either? Static, picking up cell signals, etc?
Luckliy, after they arrive, babies get much cheaper!
LOL, just kidding! It only gets worse.
I think the current total cost for a child, birth to 18 years old, is around $400,000. My wife mentioned that a few weeks ago and my heart stopped for a second.
::starts frantically searching for second job::
We are definitely doing that. My wife loves to refurbish old furniture so she's buying a used dresser for the nursery off Craig's List. Her friend will be lending her the motor part of her breast pump so we will just have to buy the bottles and tubes. Beyond that, I'm hoping some of our friends will donate baby clothes but unfortunately for us, most of them have girls.
We got extremely lucky and got a ton of hand me downs from friends and family. Also our parents got us the big ticket items to spare us. We got enough diapers that lasted us for the first 3 months.
One way that we keep our costs now that our child is larger then our friend's 3 year old is buy going Once Upon a Child for toys and clothes. I do buy very few new outfits when they are on sale at other places.
We lucked out big time in hand-me-downs. My 1st cousin had 2 boys and is done having kids, so she ships us large boxes of baby clothes. High end stuff. Next size up in shoes and my oldest is going to have Jordans to rock out in, with a full Jordan brand 3 piece outfit. Lots of Kenneth Cole, Gap, etc. She's a clothes horse and her husband makes good money, so it feeds her addiction and we get to benefit. On top of that, my mothers-in-law are friends with a couple who adopted twin boys and they give us a bag of clothing each season, so we have more clothes than we really know what to do with in some cases. When we are done we will likely have the mother of all garage sales and make some serious dough off of baby gear/toys/clothes.
Once Upon a Child can save you a fair amount, shopping good sales on things such as diapers (gift card deals are usually your best bet, sometimes Babies R Us has a free jumbo box of wipes) and of course, an easy way to save money is to breastfeed (pumped or straight from the tap) for as long as possible.