Thursday, 16 April 2009

Google - Frugal


I've just been sent some very depressing facts.
The average child costs more than £18,000 before their first birthday and over £27,500 by the age of three....
OHMYGOD!!!
No wonder I feel a little un-wealthy from time to time...my three girls have cost me, erm, (rubbish at maths) quite a bit already!
But surely that can't be right?
Perhaps my children aren't average..have I been too frugal...
OHMYGOD!!
Am I as mean as Shirl?
My eldest can't possibly have cost us that much..we couldn't afford a fridge for six months and nor a telephone until she was four years old.

Apparently Parents-to-be spend an average of £311 on trying to conceive!!!
How can it cost money to, well, you know..I mean one could always pretend there's a power cut and save a bit while, you know...

According to the Gurgle.com Baby Budget the costs continue to mount during pregnancy, with parents spending in excess of £4,000, yet Mums-to-be spend an average of £91.11 on maternity wear, including underwear...what else are they buying?
Crikey, second time round Mums will spend more than that on a good strong bra, six sizes bigger than they bought first time round!

Before their baby is born or in the first year, parents spend £3,383 on decorating and furnishing the nursery...
OHMYGOD!!
Now look..don't all children sleep with their parents for the first five years whether we like it or not? The only reason you have other bedrooms is so there's somewhere else to go when they wee in your bed or push you out!

Half of the parents surveyed by Gurgle (50%) said that because of the recession they are actively trying to cut costs where they can by implementing a host of cost saving measures such as accepting hand-me-downs from friends and family (48%)
Oh my gosh..imagine the shame! (I thought everyone did that?)

40% are making homemade baby food instead of buying packaged food...
I have to admit buying maybe a dozen boxes of baby rice and four cans of baby pudding in the last 14 years..surely mashing up your dinner is obviously better than tinned food anyway?

A smaller number of respondents are even trying to potty train their children earlier in order to save money on nappies...yes well, speak to my friend Potty Mummy about that one!

Somewhere, there must be thousands of pounds floating about...I must look down the back of the sofa.

8 comments:

Potty Mummy said...

and you just thought your sofa was lumpy for no reason...

Mamma Po said...

I definitely went all out for first-born (although I do recall buying most of her clothes on eBay so Thrifty points for me there). But Little Brother has had to make do with all her hand-me-downs - even if the jeans had a floral trim or the muslins were fluorescent pink. Perhaps I shouldn't be so surprised that he now seems very in touch with his feminine side - pink buggies are a particular fave... Whoops - maybe my economising was a case of too little, too late....

Maternal Tales said...

I dread to think how much money I've spent on my children (nothing on me ever unfortunately). And yes, before they were even born - I had the most amount of baby clothes without actually having a baby. What an idiot - so many presents and half the clothes weren't even worn. Am much more frugal now. Poor little sister gets all the hand me downs...

Rebel Mother said...

Depressing is not the word. Having had my first child at 17 I have been skint for almost 23 years! As for the hand-me-downs, it is now hand-me-ups. I wear both my sons jeans and T-shirts and next year I'll probably be sporting a rather fetching pink Hannah Montana outfit from my daughter.....oh, what wouldnt I give for a pair of Jimmy Choos...!

Expat mum said...

Mine just go down the mines to get their pocket money!

Adventure Mother said...

As those people surveyed are definately richer than me! Or maybe more in debt?

Working mum said...

OMG! That can't be right, surely? My own personal thrifty way to bring up daughter was to be the last of my friends to have a baby and then take all their cast offs. When finished with them sell them on e-bay. Hang on, I think I've made money by having a baby!

Iota said...

I guess there must be some very big spenders in that survey who bring up the averages quoted.

Interesting post, and I agree with all your comments.