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Cost difference going from 2 kids to 3? MilkieWay Due August 29; TTC since Jun 2013; 18 kids; Michigan 1117 posts
25th Jun '13

If you have 3 kids or more, can you explain (hopefully in a way that can ease some anxiety I have started to have apparently) going from 2 kids to 3 and the financial difference that really feels like? When you had TTC for your 3rd or more, were you ever nervous about this? Did you find it was as expensive as you thought, or that it wasn't really as big of a difference as you'd imagined?



And then since I have your attention, what did the craziness in your home go from having more than 2 kids? Much of a difference? If you wanted 3 or more kids, would have still had that many if you knew what you do now? lol

izzy+Ethan 2 kids; Edmonton, Alberta 4056 posts
25th Jun '13

of course adding a third kid is more expensive but since youve had two you know the main extra costs ...then be able to manage to save for emergencys ..i think since you have already had two you should know whats to come and what to plan for

jillian009 TTC since May 2013; Camdenton, Missouri 89 posts
25th Jun '13

Clothe diapers and breastfeed! Lol

1inpink2inblue Switzerland 11961 posts
25th Jun '13

Well we still had a lot of stuff from ds1 and I breastfed so it wasn't bad money wise. Adding another kid to the mix was harder though. Way harder than the first time. And its hard to get out of the house even.

Bawse Litchfield, NY, United States 72248 posts
25th Jun '13

For us, the cost increase wasn't really a big deal. You cut back on things you splurge on with 2 kids to make way for the third
The crazy factor, though :shock: I have 4 girls. My house is insane

Mrs. Daniel 1 child; California 547 posts
25th Jun '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting jillian009:</b>" Clothe diapers and breastfeed! Lol"</blockquote>




This! I save a ton now on dd, and can use all her diapers for the next baby.

♥ Jen ♥ 5 kids; Shawnee, Kansas 9056 posts
25th Jun '13

Adding more kids doesn't really cost much more. Breastfeeding is free. You learn to manage on what you make with how many kids you have. It always works out. I wouldn't stress it unless you are having a hard time supporting the ones you already have.

MilkieWay Due August 29; TTC since Jun 2013; 18 kids; Michigan 1117 posts
25th Jun '13

I'm not having a hard time raising the 2 we have. I just wonder how life could change with 3.

user banned 3 kids; Washington 15083 posts
25th Jun '13

Cost different was manageable. Actually really, not bad. Our spending habits changed a bit, but not too much.



Honestly, the transition for me from one to two was awful. I'm pretty sure a huge contributing factor was the L&D of my second by emergency c-section and recovery.



Going from two to three was cake.

Bawse Litchfield, NY, United States 72248 posts
25th Jun '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting MilkieWay:</b>" I'm not having a hard time raising the 2 we have. I just wonder how life could change with 3."</blockquote>



Not much :lol: you adapt. You have to buy one more of everything, eating out costs more, paid activities cost more, but you plan for that.

♥ Jen ♥ 5 kids; Shawnee, Kansas 9056 posts
25th Jun '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting MilkieWay:</b>" I'm not having a hard time raising the 2 we have. I just wonder how life could change with 3."</blockquote>




Oh it gets crazier with each kid. Mostly once they are older and in activities. Our kids are ages 4 - 15 we are always running non stop with the kids.

user banned 4 kids; Mueang Phuket, Thailand 30487 posts
25th Jun '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting Zebra*:</b>" <blockquote><b>Quoting MilkieWay:</b>" I'm not having a hard time raising the 2 we ... [snip!] ... you adapt. You have to buy one more of everything, eating out costs more, paid activities cost more, but you plan for that."</blockquote>




Yeah going out costs more. Seperate meals and treats and stuff. Going to Starbucks used to be under 10 dollars, now under 15 is a good lol.



I spend more in food and drinks. But not a TON more. I've been learning to budget.