Families and Money

Kids are expensive! Even if you are financially savvy, being a parent adds a layer of complexity to your money management you’ve never experienced before.

Whether you’re pregnant or have a baby, toddler, or teenager, here are tips from real moms and dads on how to make smart money decisions for your family including:

  • How to raise a baby on a budget
  • Family saving money tips
  • How to teach your kids about money

Preparing for Baby

11 Amazing Nursery Ideas on a Budget (2020)

11 Amazing Nursery Ideas on a Budget (2020)

Nursery Ideas on a Budget If you have a baby on the way, you’re probably so excited to get started on your nursery. But after looking at the cost of furniture, accessories, and decorations, you might be a little bit discouraged. Baby stuff can come with a pretty steep...

Third Trimester Must Haves – A Complete List

Third Trimester Must Haves – A Complete List

Third Trimester Must Haves The third trimester often feels like the longest trimester because you're uncomfortable carrying all of the weight the aches and pains are excruciating you're anxious to meet your little one To get you through the last leg of your pregnancy,...

Best Gifts for New and Expecting Dads (2020) They’ll Actually Love

Best Gifts for New and Expecting Dads (2020) They’ll Actually Love

Best New Dad Gifts After I made a list of best new mom gifts, I thought it would be fitting to do one for new and expecting dads as well. To account for the varying interests and personalities of new dads, here are 47 dad gifts. They've all been vetted and approved by...

The Ultimate List of Second Trimester Pregnancy Must Haves

The Ultimate List of Second Trimester Pregnancy Must Haves

Second Trimester Must Haves While the 2nd trimester is often the easiest of the three, you often still have challenges like managing exhaustion, constipation or heartburn. Here's an ultimate list of second trimester must haves - one that can apply to any pregnancy....

First Trimester Pregnancy Must Haves You’ll Wish You Knew About

First Trimester Pregnancy Must Haves You’ll Wish You Knew About

First Trimester Pregnancy Must Haves Having just finished my first trimester with my second child, I realized one thing... Pregnancy must haves can be different from one pregnancy to another. Here were all of my pregnancy must haves with my first child. As you can...

FREE Baby Samples New and Expecting Moms Can Get

FREE Baby Samples New and Expecting Moms Can Get

Looking for FREE baby samples? Here’s a list of legitimate ways to get free baby stuff including diapers, wipes, baby books, baby food, clothing, and new mom freebies. Many you can register for online and it’s sent by mail!

Baby’s First Year

Daycare Essentials Checklist: What to Pack for Daycare

Daycare Essentials Checklist: What to Pack for Daycare

Daycare Essentials for Infants or Toddlers Daycare is an emotional time for everybody. Getting what you need for daycare prepared in advance will be one less thing to worry about when the overwhelming drop off happens! Here are the essentials my daycare advised me to...

Best Baby Shower Gifts (2020): What’s Practical for New Moms

Best Baby Shower Gifts (2020): What’s Practical for New Moms

What are the best baby shower gifts? If you're attending your first baby shower, it can be difficult to understand what would be the best gifts for baby showers - what's most practical. This post may contain affiliate links, meaning if you make a purchase, I may earn...

Diaper Bag Necessities: What to actually pack in your diaper bag!

Diaper Bag Necessities: What to actually pack in your diaper bag!

Diaper Bag Necessities Your diaper bag is going to be your lifesaver when you're on the road! From dealing with poop explosions to sudden tantrums, your diaper bag is going to get you through those unexpected, messy realities. Since your diaper bag is a mini version...

Postpartum Essentials: things moms NEED after giving birth

Postpartum Essentials: things moms NEED after giving birth

What are the postpartum essentials? Where's the postpartum care kit registry? All throughout the 9 months of pregnancy, you're preparing for the baby's arrival. You have a baby shower. Get all these cute baby products from clothes to toys. It's all about the BABY. Not...

11 Breastfeeding Must Haves that will make Nursing Easier (2020)

11 Breastfeeding Must Haves that will make Nursing Easier (2020)

What do you need for breastfeeding? All you really need for breastfeeding is your breast and your baby. As a money-conscious person, I hate buying more than what I need. In my experience, breastfeeding is not easy. Before my baby came, I didn't know nursing could be...

6 Month Baby Must Haves: What Babies Need at 6 Months

6 Month Baby Must Haves: What Babies Need at 6 Months

What are the Must Haves for a 6 Month Old Baby? What do babies need at 6 months? Between 6-12 months, your baby changes so much! It's an entirely different experience from 0-6 months. You're introducing solids. Your baby is learning to sit up, crawl, stand and walk....

Baby Essentials for the First 3 Months You Can’t Forget About

Baby Essentials for the First 3 Months You Can’t Forget About

What are the baby essentials for the first 3 months? The first three months are both exhilarating and exhausting. You're excited to finally care for your little one, but there's a huge learning curve. You want to arm yourself with all of the best newborn baby gear and...

Baby Travel Products and Tips when Flying in 2020

Baby Travel Products and Tips when Flying in 2020

What are the best baby travel products and tips? Taking your baby on an airplane can be stressful and unnerving for even the most frequent travelers. You just don't know how your baby will react 40,000 feet up in the air. When my baby was 3.5 months old, I took her on...

Your Growing Child

1 Year Old Toddler Must Haves (2020)

1 Year Old Toddler Must Haves (2020)

1 Year Old Must Haves If you have a 1 year old, you know some of your baby essentials will no longer have use soon. Your baby is now a toddler. Toddlerhood has its own set of fun moments and challenges. What do you need for a 1 year old toddler? Here are my 1 year old...

Best 2 Year Old Gifts for Boys or Girls (2020) That Will be Loved

Best 2 Year Old Gifts for Boys or Girls (2020) That Will be Loved

Best 2 Year Old Gifts for Boys or Girls My daughter just turned 2. She's exactly like what they say...a terrible 2. She's full of energy, running around and throwing things. It's very easy for her to get into unsafe situations and then have crazy tantrums and be...

Toddler Camping Essentials That Make Camping So Much Easier (2020)

Toddler Camping Essentials That Make Camping So Much Easier (2020)

Camping with Toddlers Checklist Camping with toddlers seems like a scary thought. And a lot of work! With proper planning, you can make it a comfortable and memorable experience. Here's what's on our toddler camping essentials list - and what we've heard other trusted...

First Birthday Gift Ideas (2020) You Don’t Often Hear About

First Birthday Gift Ideas (2020) You Don’t Often Hear About

What are the best first birthday gift ideas? Between my daughter turning 1 recently and going to kid's birthday parties, this question has been coming up a lot! What were her favorite 1st birthday gifts? What did we love amongst her presents that we want to buy for...

Best First Birthday Party on a Budget: 13 Ideas you need to know

Best First Birthday Party on a Budget: 13 Ideas you need to know

How do you plan a first birthday party on a budget? The first birthday party anxiety is real! The first birthday is a big deal. When you look on social media, you see pictures of extravagant first birthday bashes! With sparkly backdrops. Elaborate candy bars. When my...