If you have 3 kids or more, can you explain (hopefully in a way that can ease some anxiety I have started to have apparently) going from 2 kids to 3 and the financial difference that really feels like? When you had TTC for your 3rd or more, were you ever nervous about this? Did you find it was as expensive as you thought, or that it wasn't really as big of a difference as you'd imagined?
And then since I have your attention, what did the craziness in your home go from having more than 2 kids? Much of a difference? If you wanted 3 or more kids, would have still had that many if you knew what you do now? lol
of course adding a third kid is more expensive but since youve had two you know the main extra costs ...then be able to manage to save for emergencys ..i think since you have already had two you should know whats to come and what to plan for
Clothe diapers and breastfeed! Lol
Well we still had a lot of stuff from ds1 and I breastfed so it wasn't bad money wise. Adding another kid to the mix was harder though. Way harder than the first time. And its hard to get out of the house even.
<blockquote><b>Quoting jillian009:</b>" Clothe diapers and breastfeed! Lol"</blockquote>
This! I save a ton now on dd, and can use all her diapers for the next baby.
Adding more kids doesn't really cost much more. Breastfeeding is free. You learn to manage on what you make with how many kids you have. It always works out. I wouldn't stress it unless you are having a hard time supporting the ones you already have.
I'm not having a hard time raising the 2 we have. I just wonder how life could change with 3.
Cost different was manageable. Actually really, not bad. Our spending habits changed a bit, but not too much.
Honestly, the transition for me from one to two was awful. I'm pretty sure a huge contributing factor was the L&D of my second by emergency c-section and recovery.
Going from two to three was cake.
<blockquote><b>Quoting MilkieWay:</b>" I'm not having a hard time raising the 2 we have. I just wonder how life could change with 3."</blockquote>
Oh it gets crazier with each kid. Mostly once they are older and in activities. Our kids are ages 4 - 15 we are always running non stop with the kids.
<blockquote><b>Quoting Zebra*:</b>" <blockquote><b>Quoting MilkieWay:</b>" I'm not having a hard time raising the 2 we ... [snip!] ... you adapt. You have to buy one more of everything, eating out costs more, paid activities cost more, but you plan for that."</blockquote>
Yeah going out costs more. Seperate meals and treats and stuff. Going to Starbucks used to be under 10 dollars, now under 15 is a good lol.
I spend more in food and drinks. But not a TON more. I've been learning to budget.