Today, I’m sharing a guest post from Brianna at This Rookie Wife.
My husband and I were married at 21 and parents at 22. Now, at 23, we
have a precious six-month-old baby girl. My husband is completing a
pastoral internship and I’m staying at home with our daughter. According to
most standards, we are a low-income family. How do we manage a family on a
1. Consider Your Wants & Your Needs
When you’re having a baby, especially your first, you will often feel that
everything is a “need”. This is not the case. Try to purchase minimal items
for your baby, and make a gift registry for your needs and a few of your
wants so that people who want to bless you can do so.
2. Borrow, Borrow, Borrow
If you’re tight on cash, ask around for clothes, books, toys, or anything
that you think you’d like for your baby. Many people have boxes of baby
clothes stashed in a closet, unused. Dig through your parents basement and
find your old childhood books and toys to pass down to your kids.
3. Buy Used
I never buy anything new for my daughter. There are tons of great used
children’s stores, but even better, try to find baby and children’s items
at garage sales or online. I’ve bought Gap clothes for fifty cents, and
board books for five cents.
4. Go Vintage
Do things the old-fashioned way, and it will save you loads of money. Use
cloth diapers rather than disposables (you can buy used cloth diapers, if
that doesn’t gross you out, I did it!) Make your own baby food rather than
buying jars. Breastfeed for as long as possible so that you don’t have to
buy formula (this option isn’t available to all – I unfortunately have
started to supplement because of low milk supply).
5. Utilize your local library
Some days I can get really restless at home all day, and so can my
daughter. The cheapest form of entertainment for us is strapping her into
the stroller and walking (not driving) to the library. I can browse books,
take a few out for myself and my baby, and even check out some of the DVDs
or magazines. If my daughter is sleeping, I can flip through a magazine on
a cozy couch while sipping tea that I brought from home (beats Starbucks
My family is proof that you don’t need to make a lot of money to have
children. I have a healthy, happy, and very loved little girl. She is
lacking nothing, and we thank the Lord for his rich blessings each day!
If you want to read more about our family and find more budget-saving tips,
please check out my blog This Rookie Wife.