The Frugal Oyster Budget Tally #2

Today is not only the Papa’s birthday (happy 60th, Dad!), it is the day to update the Frugal Oyster Budget Tally.

The bet still stands as follows:

The bet is that we can come in at or under my self-imposed dollar amount, without sacrificing safety or comfort of baby or parents, when calculating everything spent by us on the little oyster from conception to the first birthday. This includes all furniture, baby and maternity clothes, toys, vitamins and toiletries, and equipment, everything included in the “average” budget. This excludes insurance costs when the baby is added to the policy and the cost of the food I eat if nursing, which are also not included in the “average” budget. I will save receipts, round to the nearest dollar, and keep a running total on the blog.

The amount to meet or beat is $2,700.

In this, our fifth month of tracking baby-related expenses contributing to our abbreviated version of the average baby budget, it was a quiet month and the numbers are thus:

The Frugal Oyster Budget Tally #2

May 17, 2012

Next update: June 17, 2012

Maternity clothes:



Still usable from current closet: Some yoga pants, cardigans and open sweaters, some V-neck cotton t-shirts, some short dresses

Total: $0

Baby toys and books:


Total: $0

Baby clothes: The Lorax onesie, Target, clearance: $3
Navy blue cotton skirt, Target, clearance: $3

Gifts: Onesie with our alma mater’s name

Total: $6

Baby essentials:


Total: $0

Other: Vintage freestanding giraffe clothing rack, wood, antique store in Pennsylvania: $45
Bringing up Bebe book, Barnes and Noble: $21
Smart Mama Smart Money book, Barnes and Noble: $11


Total: $77

Running total for complete baby budget challenge: $412

Balance remaining in budget: $2,288

Percent of budget used: 15%

Months into challenge: 5

Months remaining in challenge: 16


2 thoughts on “The Frugal Oyster Budget Tally #2

  1. Did Mom also give you the advice not to buy anything yourself that is smaller than 12-month size, going on the theory that gifts will mostly be teeny-baby sizes and pretty much take care of that wardrobe gap for you? Alma-mater onesies, of course, are excepted from the caveat. But it held true for us. We were blessed with gifts from the MOST unexpected and unusual sources.

    • the mom always said to buy up a size and to skip small baby clothes completely, but she never gave a reason. i always figured (as in, until this moment) that it was because our family produces big babies. but the rationale you gave makes more sense.

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