The Frugal Oyster Budget Tally #14

The Frugal Oyster Budget Tally #14

June 17, 2012

Next update:  July 17, 2013

Maternity clothes:


Now usable from pre-preg closet: Everything

Total: $0

Baby toys and books:

Gifts:  Wooden cars, musical bath toy

Total: $0

Baby clothes: Summer onesie, Target, $5

Striped shorts, Target, $6

Fall jacket, Target clearance, $13

Gifts: Purple striped summer onesie

Total: $24

Baby essentials: Diapers, Target, $30

Formula, Target, $66

Two-pack travel wipes, Target, $2

Pacifier clip, Target, $5

Bottle nipples, Target, $6

Wipes, Target, $5

Swim diapers, Target, $9

Overnight diapers, Target, $9

Baby food, various brands, Target, sale, $10


Total: $142

Other: French Kids Eat Anything book, Amazon, $14
High chair and tray, including shipping, $37


Total: $51

Running total for complete baby budget challenge: $1,754

Balance remaining in budget: $946

Percent of budget used: 65%

Months into challenge: 18

Months remaining in challenge: 3


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.


2 thoughts on “The Frugal Oyster Budget Tally #14

  1. If you will need a new car seat for the little oyster before her first birthday, most of the big baby stores regularly have coupons that do apply to car seats. Some also have events when they give you a certain % off new equipment when you trade in old/used items, and they don’t have to be the same thing (e.g. an old high chair is ok to trade for a discount on a new car seat).

    Also: have fun fitting the baby, the infant carrier, two adults and a new-in-the-box, larger car seat into a compact car. I believe one of us rode in the backseat while our newly bought convertible occupied the passenger seat from the floor to the ceiling. The teeny trunk laughed at us.

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