The age old debate: kids are expensive…or are they? To commemorate my unpaid leave, I thought I would offer an unedited look at my checkbook register. Just kidding, I stopped balancing my checkbook
in 2009 two years ago. If this first week looks a little light on the spending, it’s because it was my first week of solo maternity leave. It was wonderful because it meant unlimited baby snuggles during the day, but it also meant everything took at least twice eighty-seven times as long. Plus, I’m more interested in putting miles on the stroller than my car while the weather is nice.
Spend – Buy Buy Baby online: $25.79 (covered with a gift card)
I ordered a seat protector that I later learned would have been $10 cheaper at Target. This will go under HP’s car seat base. When I said I was just a teeny bit obsessive with my car, I wasn’t kidding. Plus, there’s a neat storage pouch that will be handy later for corralling his stuff.
Earn – $6.30 from eRewards
HP fell asleep on my chest. Rather than disturb him, I took a few surveys on my phone with my left hand. I’ll be ambidextrous in no time. It’s also worth noting that this isn’t actual money. It’s currency that I’ll trade in for Southwest miles.
Spend – Starbucks drive thru: $6.79 (covered with a gift card)
I wanted a low-key way to test out taking HP out of the house by myself so I popped over for chai and oatmeal. I was equal parts interested in avoiding a meltdown and seeing if I could heft a baby carrier around by myself. Truth be told, I also really liked the idea of a little caffeine and a super quick breakfast. Noodle arms: 1, baby carrier: 0.
Spend – Local USPS drop-off store: $3.64
One of Mr. P’s textbook’s sold on Half.com, so I agreed to run the errand and get it mailed. HP tagged along for this adventure, too.
Earn – $7.50 from Half.com.
This will be our score after Half.com takes its commission.
Spend – Fueling up: $33.66
I haven’t put gas in my car since June, and it’s now August 25. I’ll be a Mustachian in no time. But seriously, sometimes it’s easier to just stay home.
Spend – Furniture delivery tip: $10
If you have followed the saga on Twitter at all, we sort of have nursery furniture now. We’ve only been working on this for five months. My parents gifted us a crib and dresser, but they were badly damaged not once, but five different times. My mom got so frustrated she had Buy Buy Baby cancel the order entirely and ordered us a new set from Pottery Barn. Today, the dresser was delivered, and I’m a big fan of tipping people for doing hard work like lifting a dresser up over the railing by its little nubby feet on the bottom. And yes, my heart has made a full recovery. Thanks for asking.
Spend – McDonald’s: $9.14
To commemorate HP’s first road trip, we went to McDonald’s. But mostly, we just did a crap job of remembering to eat breakfast because we spent over an hour packing up the car to drive two hours. I totally understand how the McCallister family left Kevin home alone. Eeeesh.
Spend – Target: $7.86
We made it to our destination and realized we (ahem, Mr. P) forgot literally the first thing on our list. So I pulled out my phone and ordered a set of Pack N Play sheets to leave at grandma and grandpa’s house forever. (PS – I’m still waiting on this delivery, Target.)
Spend – Donation time: $50
Our charitable giving budget was a little tight already, but I wanted to start making donations for the hurricane victims as soon as possible. This money went to the diaper bank and an animal shelter. I plan to give more now that suggestions of other local organizations are rolling in.
Reflections – $146.88 spent ($100.50 including gift cards and earnings)
On one hand, I did so well. I hardly spent any money. On the other hand, I spent a boatload considering Saturday and Sunday are the only days I was really out of the house. It’s also worth noting that you don’t see important things like a grocery bill because I couldn’t bring myself to do it this week. I’m also certain that our electric and water bills will be much higher because there’s nothing that delights HP quite like walking from room to room and staring at lights and ceiling fans. Except pooping. That is also apparently delightful judging by the amount of laundry I’m doing.
So Tell Me…Do you think week 2 will be similar? Did anything surprise you?