Money Saving Tips For New Parents

 

Raising a child in Singapore can be pretty expensive, just childcare alone can reach up to over a thousand dollars a month even after deducting subsidies given by the Government. When I was a new mother, there were some financial mistakes which I had made and wished that I wasn’t so consumed by the excitement of having a baby while making certain decisions. If I could turn back time, there are definitely some things which I would have done differently.

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If you find yourself overwhelmed by the increasing expenditure due to the new headcount in your family, here are some tips which you might find helpful. Continue reading

How Much Are You Willing To Splurge On A Diaper Bag?

This question popped up when I started my hunt for THE NEXT DIAPER BAG. I’ve spent so much money on cheap bags that would last 3-4 months before giving way. I guess it is also partly my fault for buying normal bags and not diaper bags. You see, diaper bags were made to withstand all that battle ammo you throw in. Like the diapers, wet tissue pack, milk bottles, warmer, bibs, books or toys and so on. But yet, the fashionista in me finds most diaper bags boring. I didn’t want to be seen with a bag that obviously looked like a diaper bag. Because let’s face it, most diaper bags are ugly and not stylish.

My first diaper bag was a proper diaper bag but we had so much stuff in it and the sling wasn’t cushioned so it actually hurt to carry it around. After that, I bought a few other bags which eventually had their straps break because they could not withstand the weight I was carrying around.

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Now, I’m wondering if I should just invest in an expensive diaper bag. Maybe a branded one. Or maybe I should just get a branded bag to double up as a diaper bag since branded stuff last longer, right?

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But was I willing to splurge on something which some mothers point out that might be constantly covered in drool, poop and food. (Actually, I had gotten poo on my Prada before) Look at the Louis Vuitton Mini Lin Diaper Bag (discontinued), I think it could pass off as a laptop bag. Oh yes, anything that doesn’t spell out Diaper Bag!

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Adelina Madelina has some really cute prints but I’m still not so sure about the whole design. I know, I know, you must be wanting to slap me hard now because diaper bags look like diaper bags because they ARE diaper bags. Obviously, I am clear on that. I just wished that they could design and manufacture something that didn’t scream DIAPER BAG!

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Maybe something like the McQueen bag which Rachel Zoe decides to use as a diaper bag. Well, I actually have my eye on a bag (and it is not a diaper bag) now but it is gonna cost me a bomb. So it’s between the bag or using the money to pay off life insurance premiums. Hmmm…

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