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Gosh, it feels so long since I’ve clickity clackity-ed on a blog post buuuuuut…
Mind you, it’s not such a bad time to get back into writing – as today is day 1 of ANOTHER lockdown in Old Sydney Town.
Sigh, this nasty COVID business just won’t go away eh?
Kinda like a nasty bug you can’t shake off when you have the er, flu.
Anyhow, what have I been up to in the last 2 months you ask?
Um, THIS guy aka MiniFrugalSamurai:
Any newborn parent would know, the first few months is pretty easy.
Sleep, nappy, feed – rinse and repeat.
Like har-lo, so simpaul.
I’m JOKING guys, please don’t flame me.
Having a newborn is like what Tom Hanks said in that movie.
You know, the one where he is a fed-ex worker, stranded on a desert island called Normandy, attempting to find some guy named “Ryan”, whilst trying to cure his urinary tract infection he picked up as a prison guard.
The movie where he says, “life is like a box of cho-co-lates”.
Sleepless in Seattle is the name I think.
It is true though, you really don’t know what you’re gonna get with a newborn.
Every day is something different.
So that’s me, how ’bout you?
Oh wait, I neglected to mention.
Seeing as this is a finance blog and all.
But I have been monitoring the “financy” part of our life during this time even more closely.
For the moment, it hasn’t been too bad in terms of extra expenditure.
Sure there were one off expenses to get things ready, such as car seat, strollers, cots, and the like.
But through gifts, second-hands and hand-me-downs (thanks FRIENDS), we’ve managed to rein in costs on that front.
Maybe all up somewhere around the $5k mark? Not great, but OK.
Still, if I had to list the main ongoing ones, it’d be:
- Nappies $50 every 3 weeks
- Wet wipes $45 every month
- Clothes $50 every month
We’re also quite lucky that MrsFrugalSamurai has more milk production than a Soviet-era factory.
So I know that formula costs are a bullet we’ve managed to dodge.
Ummm, apart from that – I can’t think of too many other costs… maybe it’d be the intangibles?
Such as how we have the heaters blasting away 24/7 these days.
Whereas before, any request would be met with “THAT’S WHAT CLOTHES ARE FOR WOMAN”.
Or the extra water we use for baths and showers and the LAUNDRY.
But I mean, surely he deserves to be CLEAN.
Oh I did forget about doctor’s visits.
Which can be exorbitant, especially for pediatricians, pediaticians, baby-doctors.
I think we’ve paid maybe $1k-ish so far for bits and pieces?
I did find this cool graphic from news.com.au which highlights first year costs pretty well:
Although of course, without a doubt – the biggest cost and one which we’ll never ever get back…
The amount of time MiniFrugalSamurai takes up is second to none.
And you know what?
I am lovin’ each and every minute of it.
There’s no other feeling than being the best Dad a man can be.
There, I said it.
Which reminds me… I think I need to go heat up that milk again.
Till next time then!
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