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Having a Baby? Join the Free Baby On Board Bootcamp

“Families with babies and families without babies are sorry for each other.” – Edgar Watson Howe … This is so true. Before I became a mother, I thought that it would be the hardest job in the world. And it is. But it’s also the best – as all you mommas out there already know. But when you’re pregnant for the first time, planning a pregnancy can be super scary – trying to prepare for all of the immense life changes that are headed your way! We all know that having babies is expensive – but I have an awesome tool that will let you rest easier, by helping you to take a look at how your baby will affect your finances. Keep reading to find out how much it really costs to raise a child, and how to figure out how to manage all of those expenses.

cost of a baby infographic

“A baby is born with a need to be loved – and never outgrows it.” – Frank A. Clark

One of my favorite sites,, has a great program called Baby on Board Bootcamp – and it’s totally free to join. Awesome, right? You’ll get tips on things like how to estimate what you’ll need for your new baby, how to reduce other spending to free up that cash,  the best way to save on kids clothing, whether it’s more expensive to raise a boy or a girl – and so much more. I’ve done a few of their free bootcamps before, and they are super helpful. {It’s hard to believe that they’re free, right?}

how to afford a baby

“A new baby is like the beginning of all things-wonder, hope, a dream of possibilities.” – Eda J. Le Shan

One of my favorite parts of this free Baby on Board Bootcamp is the Maternity Leave Basics section. This can be SUCH a confusing part of planning for a baby, and many mommas-to-be don’t know enough about the laws, their rights, and what they’re entitled to. This section also goes over the pros and cons of being a stay at home mom versus working outside the home, and helps you determine which one will be right for your new family. Great resources.


How To Join the Free Baby on Board Bootcamp:

Sign up for a free account at LearnVest today. The next screen you’ll go to will have budgeting tools – you can use those to enter your info now {it’s awesome}, or click the button on the bottom right to skip it and come back later. Next you’ll see a big screen with paid subscriptions – You can just click the bottom right again, to continue without upgrading. Now you’ll get a cool screen showing you a bunch of the free tools that are available to you in LearnVest – click “take me to my dashboard” in the upper right of that pop up box. Now – see that big list of FREE bootcamps available to you on the right side of your screen? Yep – you get all of those free! Things like:

  • Get out of Debt – How to figure out what you owe, and how to pay it off fast.
  • Priceless Style – Look like a million bucks, without spending it!
  • Getting Hitched – How to merge both of your finances, and plan for wedding expenses.
  • Ace Your Taxes – What to save, what to toss, and how to prepare.

And tons more. You’ll also find the latest articles filled with financial info that’s actually fun to read. Things like 7 Reasons TV is Ruining Your Life, or Why I Became a Mom at 44. You’ll get a weekly email with tips on staying stylish on a frugal budget, the best way to save on fresh fruits and veggies, and how to totally ace a job interview. You will love this site – pinky promise.


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  1. Sounds like a cool site. I’ll have to try that out sometime. Too busy with rambunctious children at the moment, though! lol

  2. I don’t think that’s accurate. I find it hard to believe food for teenage boys isn’t wayyyyy more than that :)

  3. Glad mine are grown and on their own after seeing those $$$ values. Wow.

  4. No babies here anytime soon but I will tell those I know that are pregnant about it!

  5. Those are some seriously scary figures!

  6. You had me at FREE! Love the idea of this!

  7. I went through half the childcare budget figure in my daughter’s first 2 years of life! Ouch! Childcare was definitely more expensive in Charlotte! I hate to see what that number is based on geographic area.

  8. yay for spending a zillion dollars! LOL

  9. All the stuff you wish someone would have told you the 1st time around!! =)

  10. Great stuff. My son is about to be three and I don’t care how much he has cost me so far because he is worth it

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