This article could not come at a better time! I'm still pregnant with our first child and people are already asking when I'm going to have another. Let me have this one first ok? We are having a girl, and though both me and my husband are one of 2 (boy and girl set siblings too), we are kind of ok with having one. Though our feelings may change down the road, to me it's not this crazy thought and I hate how people are already being so flipping judgy about having one child. My one coworker likens to having more than one child "in case something is wrong with the first". Well, ok. I figure it's easier to travel, less money, and I can devote all the energy and money to this one. Who knows. Whatever.
I estimated $50-70 I believe. Friday/Halloween – got home and husband was still sick. We made pasta and watched tv. No trick or treaters, as expected, so we feasted on candy that I had bought. -$0 Saturday – cleaned house in preparation for inlaws visiting. Our bathroom was absolutely disgusting and I cleaned our tub sooooo well and I spent the rest of the weekend pulling back the curtain and smiling like some crazy idiot. Went to Target and bought some groceries and some onesies on super sale for my bf who is also expecting since we know what she’s having. $40. Husband went to work, but waited up for him so we could watch SNL together. Sunday – hubs still not doing well so we cancelled plans with his inlaws. We were supposed to go out to dinner, so I ran back to Target for more groceries for the week and for dinner – $20. Watched NYC Marathon, read dramatic baby message boards, watched football and remained reclined for most of the day, plowing through bowl of Halloween candy. Made spaghetti. Did nails. Husband napped for most of the day. $60
hi my beloved billfold! it's been a while! Friday - Halloween! I paid bills cos it's payday. So tonight, husband and I are making dinner and eating the candy we bought for potential trick or treaters (which we won't get any of). Husband is also sick so we will probably just fall asleep early. My nasty internet habit of the week is reading this insane honey boo boo bs and the black hole of baby message boards, so I will do this after husband nods off. $0 Saturday - I need to get some stuff at target (clearance halloween candy among other things) so $30, cos i'll prob try to do my grocery shopping there. Cleaning the house as my inlaws are coming to visit on Sunday and studying for insurance crap. Sunday - my husband planned to run the Princeton Half marathon but it sold out which is good cos ti was like $100! So we will snuggle and watch the NY Marathon on tv. His parents are coming over and we're going to the Princeton Art Museum, one of our favorite places (free) and then they want to go out to eat so I'm hoping they'll treat. We are trying to be stingy with all our money as we are moving to a 2br next month in anticipation for little piglet and it's an extra $250 a month. =$50 if I get some extra groceries at Target.
I worked at Kate Spade for about 2 years and got 50% off everything. Once a month, you got 75% off three clothing or jewelry items, and if you wanted one of those items could be a pair of shoes for 65% off (to outfit yourself for work). I spent a fair amount of money, and we got incentive checks if you met your sales goal. Xmas time was 75% off so people got nice things for Christmas. It was still expensive, but because of the discount it seemed reasonable. I still use several pairs of shoes and like two bags in my regular wardrobe as well as some clothing, but I've been in the process of reselling a lot of KS stuff - and it kind of works out because it has a decent resale value. Nowadays, I wouldn't buy anything full price from there, ever. I only look when they have those 'secret sales' online, and I haven't pulled the trigger on anything.
I love Fridays because it's Casual Friday and I'm wearing pants that have an elastic waist. Friday - husband's switched shifts so we are having a friend over for dinner. He was living in St. Thomas for the last two years and has moved back home last month. We'll share good news and have lasagna. Have to go to the black hole that is Target to get some stuff for dinner, and their coupon app has a deal on maternity tops. Hoping to keep it under $60 with all the stuff we need. Saturday - laaaaaazy day. Catching up on my DVR, doing my nails, baking something fall-ish and delish. Hoping to not spend any money. Sunday - doing a heart walk 5K sponsored through work with my dad. It's sponsored by a bunch of pharmaceutical companies and last year the free swag was SO GOOD. I'm talking about full size bottles of every OTC medication and vitamin. My medicine cabinet is due for a restock. Afterwards probably laundry at my parents and then just hanging out at home. I'm tempted to go into town to buy this baby book I saw in the store but it was like $44 but I can't find it anywhere else. $75-100
I think I estimated $100 and went over. Friday - went out for dinner with two of my greatest friends. The friend who organized it though flaked out, but whatever she missed my big news! They are really excited for us. Also when you tell people you are having a baby, they want to buy you dinner. $0. But I did stop for a giant Baskin Robbins chocolate chip ice cream on the way home $3. Saturday - met up with another long lost friend for lunch ($8) and shared news. It's really a relief to tell people after all this time. Afterwards, went to a PB Kids event where I got a cool goody bag and bought little slippers for future Little One that look like lambs. I couldn't resist - $18. Then went to Target for stuff, ended up buying maternity jeans on sale and new slippers on top of everything else. $100. Then pizza with my cousin and husband to share the news and watch that awesome Rutgers v. Michigan game - $35. Sunday - hung out with my dad at home and did laundry. Afterwards at home, napped, became weepy at everything, and watched football with the husband. $0 =$164
This is the first weekend in a while that we/I haven't had crazy plans - so yay! Will catch up on my DVR and napping. Friday - going to see two of my girlfriends for dinner. I'm excited to tell them our baby news. Our other girlfriend who organized us getting together bailed last minute, which she is apt to do. We're going to a place that has lot of different hot dogs. $20 Saturday - gym and then maybe some cleaning. I need to read something other than baby things so my brain doesn't atrophy. Meeting another friend to catch up over coffee and maybe a late lunch ($10) and then I'm going to my first mommy event - an 'event' at the nearby Pottery Barn Kids. I'm really into it for the free goody bag and the possibility to win a uppa baby stroller and PBK GC. I'm going to maybe buy a blanket for my friend while I'm there because they are offering a discount ($30). Then my cousin comes over, and it's either pizza or if she brings something so hopefully $20. Sunday - going to my parents to do laundry, and then study a bit and read and hang out at home. I'm putting off grocery shopping until Monday because we have a doc's apt and we pass the TJ's on the way back from the doc's anyway. I'm hoping to make dinner from whatever is in the fridge. ($20 for incidentals?) =$100
On Fall Haul
@Punk-assBookJockey @theballgirl - ahhh I'm a Poshmark whore! I sell mostly and I am socking the money away for savings. I have bookmarked some cheap maternity dresses though, for when I'm bigger. There's also a scarf calling my name I want to pull the trigger on.
On Fall Haul
I had switched out my summer clothes with fall/winter and realized that I don't have as much as I thought I did!! Also, since I'm pregnant, it's a little harder to plan to buy clothes because I don't know how big I'm going to get/some of my stuff doesn't fit because I already outgrew them from gaining weight prepregnancy/were on the smaller side and don't fit now. I have a fair amount of work clothes that will be fine once I announcement my pregnancy and can bump-the-eff-out, though, so I've been wearing the same three dresses with different cardigans thinking no one will notice. -JCrew Outlet - ended up returning a sweater, dress, and silky top. -H&M - I am finding that it super liberating to just buy everything in Large. A sweater and two tops - $65 -Forever21 - two tank tops for a whopping $4.00. I was on the hunt for jeggings because UniQlo doesn't sell the ones I love anymore!:( -Target- a belly band for all my unbuttoned pants because of my bloat baby gut, my first maternity top - $35 -Pink Blush Maternity - I'm really determined to not buy things that are out-right maternity only (the top from Target is a tunic thing that I'm sure I can get away with after baby) so I bought two oversized opened cardigans to wear over everything this winter. $50 -Nordstrom - new pair of TB flats. They changed the style and they are a lot more comfortable than the old pair. These are my workhorse shoes, so they will last a while. $225
@Stina - oh, hahaha- I did a Billfold reveal on Friday Estimate!