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Old Nov 29th, 2010, 15:19 PM   11
Andrea214
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Hi Ladies, I'm self employed so I have to save before we TTC otherwise there will be no way to pay the rent/tax
I'm planning to save 6000 and then 2000 per month whilst pregnant. This is do-able but with Christmas around the corner it is hard, I'm hoping to have this saved by March. This is if we bought everything brand new but there are so many pregnant family/friends around at the moment I'm sure I'm over budgeting.

Babies certainly aren't cheap!



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Old Nov 30th, 2010, 08:57 AM   12
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At the latest I hope we'll start saving when we start TTC.



 
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Old Nov 30th, 2010, 09:08 AM   13
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Wow I went to that site and seriously I would have to save a crap load of money.



 
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Old Nov 30th, 2010, 09:32 AM   14
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I know! I about died when I saw how much it claimed that I would need!! According to my calculations it less than half of that!! But I guess if NO one bought me anything, that's what I would be looking at... fortunately that won't be the case.



 
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Old Nov 30th, 2010, 09:33 AM   15
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I would have to save 10k



 
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Old Nov 30th, 2010, 12:41 PM   16
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We have started to save now...although most goes on wedding plans.
I have a pot upstairs which i constantly put 1 coins in...i hope to fill it before we TTC and then start another one.
As it will be first LO lots of new things will need buying like a cot and so on....at the moment i think will be having a first and then waiting at least 2 years before thinking about having another...
I would also like a year off from work so need to say for the last 3 months which i have unpaid.
Its so much to think about...but like Mrs Doddy said...it may take a while ttc...we have thought about this too
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Old Dec 3rd, 2010, 06:31 AM   17
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personally, i think the biggest costs for us were not while on maternity leave on a lower wage etc because you dont go out so much (or want to) with a new baby but now we're back at work and paying childcare, THATS the big cost and we're poorer than ever.

my advice would be to look at how much childcare costs in your area while WTT and then see how much money you'd get with your current job (i.e depending on how many days you go back to work) and go from there....

mayeb i'm just in an area with super expensive childcare but the rest pale into insignificance compared with that



 
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Old Dec 3rd, 2010, 09:53 AM   18
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Thanks Fairy, that's kind of what I was thinking too. I'd really like to save more so for the time when I go back to work. I only get 12 weeks here...sucks, I know. But I'm thankful that I have the time built up to take the full 12 and get my full pay doing so.... Just hope the baby doesn't get sick afterwards because I will have NO time left!

IMO, preparing for the unknown is just flat out scary!!!



 
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Old Dec 3rd, 2010, 10:24 AM   19
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My OH thinks we should save now (we arent going to try untill at least May 2011) but im only saving a small amount, already have a pram so that a big expense sorted. As said above its as cheap or expensive as u like. I would rather save once i fall pregnant personally



 
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Old Dec 3rd, 2010, 10:32 AM   20
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i do agree with saving for bits and bobs in advance but just to give you an idea...our buggy cost about 250 whereas our childcare is 900 per month for 3 full days...

so one month of childcare probably cost the same amount as all the bits you need prior to baby (well it did for us)

i know everyone is in different positions and live in different parts of the country but its been such a bit hit to us that i'd like to warn other people



 
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