Sapphire - posted on 06/09/2009 ( 28 moms have responded )
How much do you think is outrageous to spend on baby items, gear, and clothing? Are you thrifty, or prefer luxury brand name sky's the limit? Do you buy new or used?
IMO, I simply can't even fathom the cost of a high end Bugaboo stroller, which is about a mortgage payment! I don't believe in pricey boutique clothing and fancy schmancy accessories when babies stain, spit up, and grow out quickly. Spending thousands of dollars on a nursery is silly.
For my baby shower, I received a Graco travel system and other higher end items like the crib, crib bedding, excellent breast pump, and a papsan swing. We did treat ourselves to the Arm's Reach co-sleeper when my son was an infant. I wish I could have afforded 2 Britax car seats when it was time to covert to forward facing. But I was very satisfied with the Evenflo Triumph seats, and used income tax returns when I bought them. I also got a great deal on a brand new discontinued Chicco umbrella stroller when my son was 1. I sell a lot of my son's items that he no longer uses on Craigslist in order to buy the new things. I do get hand-me down clothing from my nephew and also hit the sale's racks.
But I still consider myself to be a thrify person. If things are not on sale, we don't buy it.
I consider myself average middle-income. I'm a teacher, and hubby is a letter carrier. We budget carefully but also allow ourselves to splurge on our family.
I suppose if someone has a disposable income, then it's their money to do what they wish, right? Love to hear your thoguhts, comments, opinions.