It's a really scary concept when you put everything down on paper how much it costs to bring up a child but I honestly don't believe it has to be that expensive. LV recently complied some new statistics from the Centre of Economic and Business research that states the cost of bring up a child from birth to 21 has gone up in the past year and is now said to average £227,266 which is simply crazy but it's something that as parents we need to take into account.
The report was broken down into various categories from childcare to food, clothing, holidays, hobbies, sports, pocket money, driving lessons etc and is quite comprehensive and even though most households are cutting back on a lot of things the cost of living is still rising and can be quite a scary prospect for new parents or people thinking about having there first child or like us our second.
|There is an amazing natural world out there to explore - for free!|
I do however feel that personally we don't spend anywhere near what is estimated simply because as a family unit we are fairly frugal, we don't splurge or buy unnecessary things , I cook every meal from scratch, we only buy what we need and even though we do love to travel for example we spend hours and hours looking for the best deal. In terms of living we are quite minimalist and make-do, we recycle, swap and I enjoy finding a bargain from the local charity shop. We are both firm believers in that children don't need everything they see and we purchase very few toys at christmas and birthdays but instead make things or look for something that is well made - Less is always More!
Blogger Hattie Garlick from the blog Free our Kids did a great little video for LV about bringing up her son for free - check it out, it's really inspiring.
Life of course is about living and I don't feel people should always have to go without but there are tons of things to do for free and you really don't have to equate spending money with happiness. We spend many a weekend rambling through various countryside parks with packed lunches, enjoying the fresh air, running around and having quality family time. When it rains we often visit our local swimming pool which is free for under 5s and for adults the cost is minimal. We also paint and do simple crafts at home like baking or pottering in the garden.
|Family time is important to us and costs nothing.|
The main thing is to enjoy your time with your child, make memories and do what makes you happy but also while living within your means. We have recently started scrapbooking - we have completed the baby book we bought when Mr A was born and it went up to around 2.5 years and we just felt now is the time to move onto a move family adventure style scrapbook. I love to collect tickets, receipts, postcards etc so it's lovely to put them in some kind of order and I know I am going to love looking back on it in the future.
This post is in association with LV