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The Hidden Blessings of the Inconvenient

I’ve always tried to be frugal, and over the years I’d developed into a cloth-diapering, scratch-cooking, thrift-store-shopping mama. I’d even given up regular shampoo in favor of ultracheap baking soda and vinegar. But there were some things that I wasn’t being frugal about, things that I sort of thought about now and then but that [...]

The View from my Couch

I’ve made it well into week ten of this pregnancy. My baby’s been busily growing organs, and since that’s enough work for both of us, I’ve been spending lots of time on the couch. It’s given me a chance to read a ton of the great articles my Facebook friends link to and also time [...]

How Much Does It Cost to Raise a Child from Birth to Age Eighteen? Part 5: Transportation, Health Care, Clothing, and Miscellaneous

This is Part 5 in a series. You can read the earlier posts here: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4.

It’s time to wrap up my epic journey through everyone’s favorite USDA report, Expenditures on Children by Families (the one where the government estimates that the average American family spends $226,920 to raise a [...]