The Frugal Oyster Budget Tally #6

The Frugal Oyster Budget Tally #6

September 17, 2012

Next update: (around) October 17, 2012

Maternity clothes: Jeans, Target: $32

Gifts:

Borrowed:

Still usable from current closet: Cardigans and open sweaters

Total: $32

Baby toys and books: Make Way for Ducklings, $8
Olivia and the Fairy Princess (gift card)

Gifts:  Play mat, foam floor squares, Raggedy Ann, Raggedy Ann doll, peek-a-boo stuffed owl

Total: $8

Baby clothes: Sweater dress, Target: $16
Fall sweater with hood (and ears!), Target: $16
Philadelphia Eagles onesies (3 pack), Target: $19

Gifts: Tiny socks, tights, hair do-dads, handmade hat, Christmas outfit, lamb PJs

Total: $51

Baby essentials: Newborn and size 1 disposable diapers (gift card), newborn pacifiers (gift card), Pack ‘n Play sheets-2 (gift card), squeezable feeding spoon (gift card), milk storage bags (gift card)

Gifts: Stroller, diapers, handmade bibs, convertible cup, pump, nursing items, swaddling blanket, changing table, Boppy, Boppy covers, baby tub, crib

Total: $0

Other: Ottoman, Target clearance: $17
Rocking chair, amazon.com: $99
Rocking chair pillow, Target clearance: $10
Clock, Target clearance: $3
3 canvas bins/drawers, Target clearance: $15

Gifts: Hand-sewn wearable blanket, handmade hooked rug, handmade quilt, woven toy basket with handles, Target gift card, Sacred Parenting book, hand-crocheted blanket, carry-all shoulder bag, flowers 🙂

Total: $144

Running total for complete baby budget challenge: $1,021

Balance remaining in budget: $1,679

Percent of budget used: 38%

Months into challenge: 9

Months remaining in challenge: 12

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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