March is in and I have found myself reviewing our expenses in my mind. February was very busy - having a baby and having the folks over and adjusting our home life with 3 more people were not exactly the kinds of changes that we go through regularly. Not to mention living with parents again (though temporarily) and what that means among other things...
Living on 1 paycheck nowadays has not been so bad but I miss having 2. Despite having maternity benefit, it can be a bit tight especially around the period when we pay utilities. Planning ahead truly helps! Sometimes I find myself counting the days until pay dates. Having the baby for 2 weeks now has meant some additional expenses - pram (stroller), additional blankets, diapers, etc. I wish maternity benefit were more than what it is now! We originally planned to use cotton nappies once his umbilical cord fall off but the baby wets too often and that just means constant changing and more washing. I'm afraid that would cause an increase in electricity and detergent expenses.
Despite all these worries of bills and debts, I love being a mom! I breastfeed and hopefully will continue to do so until at least the baby's 6 months old. That would save us from buying formula! I'm expecting that February's spike on child care expenses would gradually calm down in the next couple of months.
Any saving tips for a new mom like me?