Basically the same news as before (debt snowball on pause due to slow work & baby on the way) – with some improvement for the self-employed one of the family. Work has been picking up a bit – so that’s really helpful. We anticipate adding to the “crisis fund” at a slightly higher rate.
Our little guy appears to be healthy as far as any one can tell at this point – so we are very thankful for that.
We are a little over halfway from his arrival, so we’ve been deep in the throws of preparing for a baby in the house while staying as cost conscious as possible.
One of the common questions people ask is what theme the nursery will be. Our answer… Ah? Mustard yellow walls with a twin bed & desk? We aren’t “themeing” anything really. Not painting. Not really buying new, fancy furniture. Our changing table will be the desk that is in there now. We added a bit of additional shelving in the closet for better organization of new baby stuff – but that’s about it. We went with generic blue, green, and random animals in the things that we registered for – so – that’s our theme? I guess if you can call it that.
Mostly, as I mentioned last month, I’ve been hitting up a few consignment sales. It really helps to be in a large place like DFW where the suburbs support multiple sales. Check out these numbers…. Money spent at consignment sales: $135
Approximate amount if all items were purchased new: $466
Some of the items that we purchased:
- Assortment of bottles
- ‘Snap & Go’ type caddy/stroller
- A few additional needed clothing items for me
- Nursing Pillow
- A couple small toys/books
And last, but most certainly not least, we have a wonderful community of family and friends who have given us so many helpful and much-needed items. Just a few of the items are listed here. Some are straight up baby gifts, and some are “hand-me-downs” from those who have gone before us on the adventure of having kids.
- Crib & Mattress
- Pack & play
- Bouncy Seat
- Car mirror
- Breast Pump
- Towels & wash cloths
- Glider chair & footstool
- Bumboo seat
- A tub of Maternity Clothes
- Books – Educational and Product research/money-saving tips
So yes – as you can see – we are doing our best to be frugal; to not give in to the culture & emotions of … got to have the biggest and best, nicest nursery with name brand, new everything. We are so thankful that our family and friends are helping us so much.
When I listen to the Dave Ramsey show – there seems to be a lot of individuals who did not have supportive friends and family. They had people in their lives that thought they were foolish or a bit nuts to be working to be completely debt free. We are thankful to report that is not the case with us. Everyone has been more than supportive of our long-term financial goals.