I had a post in the Festival of Frugality this week, and found the hosting blog (Penniless Parenting) to be a very interesting read. The author is a young (I think maybe 21 or 22?) mother whose frugal habits and wisdom are even more impressive given her young age. I particularly liked her babies with little expense section, and a lot of her ideas are very similar to my own experience. Our son is two now, and our expenses for him are still about the same as ever: $100/month into the college fund, about $100/month for his health insurance, and that’s about it. His food costs are still pretty negligible. All of his clothing is second hand (or gifts – he did get several outfits from his grandmother for his birthday), and entertainment is all free (library, the park, and just playing with him in the house and yard).
Anyway, check out Penniless Parenting if you haven’t already. There are all sorts of frugal ideas over there, including homemade lasagna using homemade pasta and dumpster-dived materials used to build a dehydrator. Enjoy!