Babies & Children - Page 2 of 10
When you make the leap from having one kid to two, the last thing you want to do is also double the amount of kid stuff in your house. It is possible to double the kids without doubling the stuff with a little foresight. Planning for two right from the day you are handed your firstborn will save you a lot of money, a lot of clutter and a lot of time spent researching products. If you know you do not plan at stopping at one, here's what I recommend to put at the top of your baby shower list.
Preparing for the school year ahead can be costly, but parents aren't the only one feeling the financial burn. The National School Supply and Equipment Association (NSSEA) reported that K-12 public school teachers in the United States spent $3.2 billion on classroom and other educational supplies over the 2012-2013 school year; $1.6 billion of that figure was spent out-of-pocket.
Your little bundle of joy has arrived. Sure it may have teeny tiny fingers and toes and fit in your arm like a football, but this small baby will have big needs. Whether they are gifted to you at a baby shower, are beloved hand-me-downs from friends or are items you have bought yourself, your home is about to turn into baby world. And the rule of thumb seems to be -- the smaller the baby, the bigger the stuff. Seeing as babydom is a small window of time, do you really need all the expensive bells and whistles to raise your little one? No. Save some money for baby's college fund by buying these cheap alternatives to pricey baby items instead.
I hate paying money for something I have to turn around and throw away. Diapers are one of those things in our family. I use cloth diapers at home, but I find it almost impossible to travel with cloth. You have to bring wet bags and extra diapers, plus extra clothes, and there just isn’t enough room in my diaper bag for all of that. I admire moms who can figure it all out.
Fortunately, there are some great ways to save on diapers. If you purchase them regularly, you are probably already on the hunt for sales at your local stores. Here are some extra tips that you may not know to save even more.
We have all seen the ads – four Disney movies for only a dollar! Sounds hard to beat when these can easily cost you $20 or more per DVD. However, I am always wary of signing up for deals like this because of the purchase commitment. Sure you get your four movies right off the bat but what else am I signing up for? Here we will break it all down for you so that you can decide for yourself whether the Disney Movie Club (DMC) is a prince of a deal or a frog!
Keeping up with the constant laundry can be a nightmare, but kids need tons of options when it comes to clothes. Rain coats, boots, snow clothes, sweaters, shorts, and much more are necessities for your kids to be comfortable. All this gear can get pretty pricey if you purchase it at full price. Fortunately there are alternatives to just hitting the nearest store. Check out this list of shopping options when it comes to updating your child’s closet.
There are thirteen weekends that fall between Memorial Day and Labor Day this year (yes, I counted!) That is a lot of family time just waiting to be filled.
Vacations and summer camps can be expensive, but have no fear! There are plenty of exciting, free activities out there that will keep the whole family entertained all summer long.
The cost of education is rising and it puts our schools in a tough financial position – do they cut “extras” like art and music? Or do they ask the parents for contributions to keep these activities available? Neither is a great option. That is why many schools resort to fundraising, whether it is through selling chocolate bars and tins of popcorn or collecting Box Tops for Education.
As parents we work hard to teach our kids to read, write and ride a bike. But how much time do we spend teaching them to be smart with money? According to financial guru Dave Ramsey, probably not enough. But teaching your kids to be financially responsible is an incredibly valuable gift that will serve them well the rest of their lives. This week Dave Ramsey and his daughter Rachel Cruze released their new book Smart Money Smart Kids: Raising the Next Generation to Win with Money. Before your kids leave the nest Ramsey and Cruze urge parents to make sure kids learn these five lessons.
When planning a family road trip with kids, it is always wise to be prepared. Hours spent in the car mean that your kids are going to need entertainment. There are tons of great solutions out there to help you keep your sanity, but a lot of them involve expensive equipment. Here is a list of a few things that will still give you gas money to leave town.
Easter is known for the deluge of candy that it brings each and every year. According to the National Retail Federation, 83.1% of Americans celebrated Easter last year. A whopping 90.5% of adults aged 18 and older purchased candy, while only 62.5% purchased gifts. If your family is included in these statistics, then keep reading for some great ways to save (both money and calories) when planning out your sweet surprises.