The Frugal Oyster Budget Tally #6

The Frugal Oyster Budget Tally #6

October 17, 2012

Next update: November 17, 2012

In an interesting twist, the spending tally remains unchanged in the last month. I attribute this entirely to the amazing generosity of others and the fact that neither one of us has been up for shopping at all.

Maternity clothes:

Gifts:

Now usable from pre-preg closet: Cardigans and open sweaters, pajamas, yoga pants, short dresses, some SHOES! 😀

Total: $0

Baby toys and books:

Gifts:  On the Night You Were Born, red stuffed elephant

Total: $0

Baby clothes: Gray fleece jacket, leggings, long-sleeved onesie, all Target (gift card)

Gifts: Hand-knit sweater and pants, polka dot onesie, handmade owl hat, tiny Uggs, tiny white fur boots, toddler PJs, various hand-me-overs

Total: $0

Baby essentials: Formula cooler, kit and formula (hospital), pacifiers (hospital), wipes and dipes (hospital), diapers (gift card)

Gifts: Baby-to-toddler rocker, bottles, handmade fleece blanket

Total: $0

Other: Post-delivery mom things (hospital)

Gifts: Target gift cards

Total: $0

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

Balance remaining in budget: $1,679

Percent of budget used: 38%

Months into challenge: 10

Months remaining in challenge: 11

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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