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how much do you spend on your LO? ♥Love♥ TTC since Jun 2013; 2 angel babies; California 5622 posts
status 24th May '13

How much do you spend on your LO each month roughly? How old is your LO? For EVERYTHING- food, clothing etc... SO and I are thinking about starting to TTC again sooner rather than later and we are pretty good about budgeting right now so I wanted to get an idea of what type of costs we are looking at. I hope to EBF for at least a year and cloth diaper.

Zeke's Mama Due September 26 (girl); 1 child; Pensacola, Florida 5710 posts
status 24th May '13

Diapers- about $70
Wipes- about $30 (we buy the big bulk boxes)
Miscellaneous- about $50-$100



That's really all we buy him monthly. We got a ridiculous amount of clothes before he was born in all sizes so we rarely buy him clothes. I breastfeed and we do BLW so he just eats what we eat. And for misc I was accounting for shampoos, lotions, random toys, teething tablets, vitamins, movies, etc. He doesn't get all those every month so it varies how much we spend.

Always♥Faithful 2 kids; CHERRY POINT, North Carolina 21661 posts
24th May '13

Lo is 2.5. We really don't spend much on her that isn't us buying things she doesn't need. :oops: she is potty trained, but has pull ups for when we are out and about so we don't go through a lot. She eats what we eat. Insurance is the same amount even without her on the plan. The main expenses I guess are shoes and clothes. We buy a lot of second hand clothes and have been fortunate to have a lot of hand me downs sent our way.



Maybe $75 a month?

Bad Things 1 child; Blacksburg, SC, United States 16766 posts
24th May '13
Quoting ♥Love♥:" How much do you spend on your LO each month roughly? How old is your LO? For EVERYTHING- food, clothing ... [snip!] ... now so I wanted to get an idea of what type of costs we are looking at. I hope to EBF for at least a year and cloth diaper."


I don't even want to think about it. lol.



Um...
Probably like 200 bucks.



He is 20 months. Its going to be double that when he starts school.



I also don't have to pay for day care...but if I did, that would be 100-125 a week added to that.... and if he wasnt on medicaid, it would be more for insurance.

user banned 2 kids; Georgia 24891 posts
24th May '13

It added probably about 200 to our monthly expense when we had one. We don't buy clothes and stuff every month.

[JadeLee] 1 child; Minnesota 12190 posts
24th May '13

Would you be a SAHM?
DD is 4.



Daycare = $320 a month (gets to be $256 a month ish during the school year)
Food= $75 maybe
Clothes= $30 a month (sometimes more sometimes less, mostly second hand)
Toys= $20 a month
Dance Classes= about 30 a month (we pay quarterly and only during the school year)
School Readiness (will start this fall)= about $25 a month (this is devided over the whole year but only pay during the school year.



This all totals up to be $500 a month.
Once I start my new job to add a dependant to medical and dental it is about $125 a month, so $625 That would cost the same regardless of if I had one kid of ten kids.




That isn't including Electricity, Water, and that type of thing.

ILOVEWINE Due April 24; 2 kids; Sweden 10814 posts
24th May '13

DD (4) preschool 200$, dance class 45$ plus extras, food probably around 150$, outfits, shoes, personal stuff 75$. Gymnastics 85.



DS 10 months, diapers/wipes 75$

Cindy[+1]♥ 1 child; Kentucky 10571 posts
status 24th May '13

Atleast 300$
Shes out of diapers, i still buy baby wipes though.
Mostly what is spent is on clothes, toys, shoes, ect.
She just turned 3.

♀NoBoysAllowed 19 kids; San Diego, California 51862 posts
24th May '13

All of it. Every penny.

Nikkie Beee Due January 29; 2 kids; Victorville, California 3968 posts
24th May '13

My daughter- she's 16mo old and we roughly spend about $260 a month. Only because I shop at Target for her clothes (that crap get expensive!!!) They have stuff I just can't resist lol. If I budget on her clothes then $180. Oh and we do Honest diapers which is $80 a mo. Everything else is pretty cheap.



My son- He's almost 5 and we spend around $120 on him



Total on the kids is $380 (not budgeting, no couponing or sales)



This total includes clothes, shoes, food, hygiene products ect.

Elena Gilbert 4 kids; La Center, KY, United States 2730 posts
24th May '13

about 500-800. for all three. depending on what they need.

lolajessup Due July 25 (girl); 2 kids; 1 angel baby; Beaverton, Michigan 44057 posts
24th May '13

Nothing really unless I pick her up a cute outfit here and there. She wears all hand me downs. I bought most of my cloth dipes during preg. I buy new ones here and there. I am buying some baby leg warmers as a cd accessory too. I have to restock my cd detergent but that's like every 4-5 mos (dd is 4 mos and I have not even used one whole bottle yet of Ecos (I'm thinking another month ill need more). I had to buy tea tree oil and vinegar for the dipes to disinfect them. I also use the tto to make her wipes and I bought some different oils that I use for that and for cooking so dual purpose. I use the vinegar for cleaning as well so that's also dual purpose. I make my own baby wash so I bought dr bronners castile soap and some lavender for that. I have baking soda and apple cider vinegar that I wash her hair with and mix in some powdered oatmeal and honey or tto with the acv. But our whole fam uses that otherwise it would last forever. I have vit e oil for the baby wash and I also like it for diaper rash. I have coconut oil that we all use for lotion and in our hair sometimes for frizz. Some people use it on their diaper rash and in their wipes. And well get the occasional toy or whatever.



So basically I just have basic household stuff that's dual purpose. And not expensive. And they last months so its not even a monthly expense.

drunk faith1 1 child; Alabama 10081 posts
24th May '13

Not much. We cloth diaper, so only a few extra dollars a month for detergent. Maybe 30$ every 3 months for clothes. Food, probably 30-40 dollars a month. We would spend less but we get WIC and they buy baby food, otherwise I would make my own. So, not a whole lot right now. She's almost a year.

Emilia's mumum +1! 2 kids; Beaverton, Oregon 11023 posts
24th May '13

DD is four, so it is different than a baby but about 375. 120 for school, 60 for gymnastics, she adds 100ish to the food budget and the rest is misc clothing/toys and special treats or whatever.

♥Love♥ TTC since Jun 2013; 2 angel babies; California 5622 posts
status 24th May '13
Quoting lolajessup:" Nothing really unless I pick her up a cute outfit here and there. She wears all hand me downs. I bought ... [snip!] ... just have basic household stuff that's dual purpose. And not expensive. And they last months so its not even a monthly expense."

Thats great you have been able to find so many things that are dual purpose!