The Frugal Oyster Budget Tallies 4 and 5

Whoops! Never posted in July. This covers June17-August 17, which included a baby shower. Had another baby shower over this past weekend, but that will be included in Tally #6.

The Frugal Oyster Budget Tally #4 and #5

August 17, 2012

Next update: September 17, 2012

Maternity clothes: Sleeveless shirt (giftcard), striped casual shirt (giftcard), convertible khaki pants (giftcard), charcoal gray suit, striped work shirt

Gifts: PJs


Still usable from current closet: Cardigans and open sweaters

Total: $220

Baby toys and books:

Gifts:  Multiple books, multiple stuffed animals, book about choosing books, stackers, soothing music seahorse, bright play links, soft rattles, hard rattles, play silk square

Total: $0

Baby clothes: 2 orange and purple onesies, Babies R Us, clearance: $6
2-pack tiny pants, gray and purple, Target, clearance (giftcard), 2-pack pants to match some of her new onesies, Target, clearance (giftcard), white newborn onesies (giftcard), two long-sleeved kimono style onesies (giftcard)

Gifts: Tiny booties, pink shoes, silver shoes, hand-crocheted booties, hand-knit booties and matching hat, tiny socks, and TONS of little girl onesies and clothes! She will not be a naked child after all! I’m sorry, there are too many baby clothes to list. Friends and family gave items from newborn to 24 month sizes. She even got a tiny tutu from my cousins and a wee bathing suit from her nana. And four sleep sacks.

Total: $6

Baby essentials: Baby-safe Q-tips, Babies R Us: $2
Changing table pad cover, Target: $15
Dishwasher basket (giftcard), two 5-oz bottles (giftcard), nasal aspirator (giftcard), medicine dispenser (giftcard), clothes hangers (giftcard), infant-toddler seat/rocker (giftcard), pacifiers (giftcard), changing table pad (giftcard)

Gifts: Teethers, diaper bag, infant car seat, Pack ‘n Play, umbrella stroller, receiving blankets, snack cups, spoons, burp cloths, baby monitor, bowls, tiny bibs, pacifiers, humidifier, hooded towels, two bottles

Total: $17

Other: Touchpoints baby development book, Barnes and Noble: $17
The Happiest Baby on the Block baby development book, Barnes and Noble: $14
Wall decals, Target, clearance: $7
Curtain, TJMaxx: $15
Curtain rod (giftcard), curtain hooks (giftcard), lampshade (giftcard), large wall decal (giftcard)

Gifts: Hand-sewn quilt, hand-sewn shopping cart protector, hand-sewn swaddling blanket, hand-made wall art, small storage bin, Target gift cards

Total: $53

Running total for complete baby budget challenge: $786

Balance remaining in budget: $1,914

Percent of budget used: 29%

Months into challenge: 8

Months remaining in challenge: 13

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.


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