G is for grandma!
Ask any new parent what one item most eats into their baby budgets and they’ll tell you it’s diapers. Not only do these necessary evils cost the earth, they’re also helping in killing it. Diapers contain components that are non-biodegradable and pollute the soil and the water table since they are stuffed into landfi lls where they proceed to choke the environment. Leave your child a better planet by using cloth diapers at least half of the time, especially since labour is cheap in our country and hiring a nanny to wash them is better and cheaper than relying solely on pricey poopy pads. If you don’t know where to get them, ask any grandmother to show you how to get them made from soft fabric or shop online on organic stores.
Don’t scrimp on self-care
We urge you not get carried away though, because certain things need to be of the best quality during this super special time in your life. Things that will matter in the long run are all long-term investments; such as which antistretch mark oils you use, what kind of money you invest in your baby’s health care provider, and even the type of education you’re saving for when your child is older. These are not to be trifled with. The places you can easily save money are those that involve impressing the neighbours or keeping up with the, excuse the pop-culture reference, Kardashians.
Less showing off, more sharing
Your children will probably be more appreciative of a lopsided birthday cake that your best friend or his godmother made, than the expensive superhero one from the fancy cake shop. Instead of buying them fancy gadgets that require batteries and deaden their imaginations, why not sign up for subscription services like Pod Squad, where every month your child receives a special box filled with educational goodies designed to tease her brain and ignite her creativity? Or start by investing in age-appropriate craft kits that teach certain skills and principles like Smartivity.in. You can choose from aerodynamics to the different kinds of dinosaurs, sculpting clay to build a mini human anatomy model or even a basic chemistry set to play the mad scientist. Build a rotating library from scratch by asking friends to donate their kid’s books which are not liked anymore and sharing the books your own kids don’t fancy being read from any longer. This saves a ton on constantly buying children’s story books, which can really rack up a large bill over time. MB
IN THE END
Most of the time, our ideas about what should and shouldn’t constitute ‘investments’ in our beloved babies, need a bit of examining and tweaking every now and then. It doesn’t matter whether your babies are really too young or are finally getting old enough to understand that they can’t just point and demand everything they see in stores and supermarkets; it really is up to YOU to inculcate the idea that money can’t buy everything. Because that’s one sure-fire way to ensure you don’t raise spoilt brats in the future!