An interesting thread recently started up on The Non-Consumer Advocate Facebook Group. It was prompted by from reader, Shameka:
I was speaking with a friend recently about the costs of having a child. We live in an area that has high paying jobs but also a high cost of living. Her family income is high by average US standards but said she could never afford to raise a child and began talking about all of the expensive items a new baby “needs.” The conversation made me think:
What are the items you wish you had NOT purchased/been gifted for your babies?
This is a very interesting question, as we all know that with gifts and hand me downs it is near to impossible to keep the baby clutter under control. I know that when I had my second child, (another boy, and only two and a half years after his brother was born) that I had a hard time coming up with anything that I needed. This annoyed everyone to no end, and although I realized that I needed another chest of drawers, I pretty much drew a blank. (A co-worker had an extra one in her garage that she just gave to me.)
It’s a clutter issue, but it’s also a money issue. I look back on all the millions of toys (Bionicles, stuffed animals, etc.) that I bought for my sons and wish I’d cut the number in at least in half and put the money into a savings account. Because it’s not just a baby issue, as buying and receiving too much doesn’t end at babyhood.
Now your turn:
What do you wish you have not purchased/been gifted for your children?
Please share your thoughts in the comments section below.
“Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without.”