I've been feeling a bit down lately about the savings versus spending in our household. Our budget has been completely blown out of the water the past few months. I guess I should have expected that, but I did not. Call me naieve. I kind of underestimated how much having a baby was going to cost...plus there's the unexpected expenses like new clothes and portacot for Munchkin, which I bought brand new, horror of horrors.
I'd planned on buying most of our baby stuff second hand and until he was born, managed that fine. The change table and rocker are from a second hand store, the pram is from the Sallies (Salvos) store, most of his clothes were given second hand with a few bought from Save Mart (2nd hand clothing store) and topped up with new ones given as gifts. Since Munchkin was born though, many of my ideals have gone out the window. He's a tall boy, and outgrew his newborn clothes by 8 weeks. Plus the pram got too short to sleep him in the lounge during the day, and the borrowed capsule is also now too short so we have to install the 'big' carseat in the car this week...which means he can't just sleep in the carseat when we go places as once that hunking great thing is in the car it is so not comin out again!!! Hence the portacot. As I had a bazillion assignments due (okay, so I exaggerate, but it does feel like that many!), a baby with a cold, and very little free time or energy I went for the simplest option and bought new. I just didn't have what it took to do all the looking, checking, questioning, driving, and more looking required to buy secondhand items. Pity, as the saved money would have been good.
Add to that such things as vaporiser and snot-sucker for the cold, several dental bills for Boyo and I, and the fact that our diet is shocking so we've overspent in that area too, and you can see why I've been feeling a bit discouraged. I just have to remind myself that this is an incredibly stressful, unusual time in our lives. And as we don't plan on having 10 kids, it is probably okay that things are a bit crazy in the budget department at present. It is a season that shall pass.
We have to sort out our monthly budget today...it was supposed to be done last week and I've only just remembered, opps! I will need to remind myself frequently that we are actually doing okay. We have savings to help us through this period, we are all well and happy, and Munchkin will grow up so fast I'll probably wonder what I was fussing over.
Ever had the 'budgeting blues?' How did you get through them?