The Frugal Baby was born of necessity but nurtured with enthusiasm. When my first baby was born, my husband and I both had full-time jobs outside the home. When my maternity leave was over, I enrolled my seven-week old son in day care. As I dropped him off each day, though, I wondered why I had wanted a baby if I was just going to dump him at daycare. By the end of the first week, my husband and I knew that this was not the right arrangement for our family. I promptly gave my employer and my son’s daycare two week’s notice.
When those two weeks were over, one third of our household income was gone. Something in our spending habits was going to have to change if we were going to make it on my husband’s income alone. So we tightened our belts, tweaked our budget, and learned to save money in countless ways. My son really was “The Frugal Baby.”
Today, we have two children and though we have learned much, we are still learning every day. It is my hope that we can share with you what we have learned so that you, too, might be able to reap the rewards of living a frugal life.
Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord,
The fruit of the womb is a reward
–Psalm 127:3 (NKJV)