It’s funny what we are frugal about and what we splurge on in our house. I bet in yours too. Unless you are like my friend Stella, who can coupon her way into earning money, not spending it. Ah-mazing.
Things we don’t spend much money on:
Clothing. We have so many hand-me-downs from our two sisters that we don’t need to buy any, and when I do feel the need to shop for Mae, I buy her used clothes at The Glittery Frog here in town where I have store credit for consigning.
Fancy baby food purees. Mae quickly let it be known that she wanted to eat what we were eating. I did one big batch of purees and then quit because eating mush PISSED off home-girl. She tries everything that’s on our plates instead. Easy and inexpensive.
Highchair and all eating utensils are hand-me-downs.
Books. We had a book baby shower, so Mae’s library is huge. She is starting to love pop-up books, so I bought her one at Michael’s today, though.
Toys: Friends and family practically throw these at you. We’re drowning in free toys.
Things we spend money on:
Formula. When I decided to stop pumping at five months, buying Mae what I found to be the best formula was really important to me. This formula happens to only be sold in Germany, so we pay a pretty penny in shipping, but Holle, the formula, smells like breast milk, tastes good, and is easy on Mae’s tummy.
Blankets. Mae loves her Aden and Anais muslin blankets, and she has to have at least two in her crib at all times, and we have to wash them, and she needs some at the nanny’s house. They aren’t cheap blankets, but she loves them so much, and I’m a sucker for bed comfort and luxury. I get it.
Baby Carrier: I splurged on a Kalea Baby ring sling because it’s beautiful and comfortable, and I don’t regret it. However, we got a free Baby K’tan and Moby wrap, so that evens things out, right?
Stroller: This one kind of goes in both categories. While a Bob stroller is expensive, we did buy it used from Craigslist. However, it was still more than we should have spent. We really love it for running/walking the neighborhood, though.
Camera: This is the most expensive item on this list, but it was the best purchase, in my opinion. I have been capturing Mae’s first year with my Canon Rebel, and I love to see her beautiful face in perfect detail.
What do you splurge on? And what do you buy cheap or not at all?