One of the most rewarding and satisfying experiences in the world can be parenthood. Seeing and child you raised grow up can be very worthwhile. Unfortunately, this process also is probably one of the most expensive undertakings that most people will experience. If you thought college was expensive, just wait till you start a family!
But there are some ways that the cost of raising children can be offset. If you are willing to follow a few simple tips, then you can save quite a bit of money on some basic expenses.
First off, when it comes to small children and clothes, don’t buy new. Second hand clothes are a much better option as they cost less and your child will outgrow them soon enough anyways. This isn’t like when you invest in a quality winter coat that will last you years to come. Children’s clothes are downright disposable, so buy them used.
Toys are another thing that you can save a lot on. Most small children are easily amused with virtually everything. Rather than buy an expensive video game system for your little one, why not give him your old smartphone, loaded with games? Many toys can also be found secondhand. Things like LEGOs are very costly, but can be found used commonly.
Thrift stores, Ft. Lauderdale pawn shops, and online places like craigslist are great places to find furniture and other furnishings for your child’s room. Pawn shops are especially good if you need to buy them a musical instrument.
So by following the tips above, you can save thousands of dollars over the years. Yes, there will be times when you’ll need or want to get your kid the latest (and most expensive) thing. But for all the rest of the times, you can be frugal so that there is money to go around for the times of splurging and spoiling.