Being a parent is expensive.
According to this report from the New York Times, the U.S.D.A. study shows that the average cost for a middle income family in the US to raise a child is $222,360.
If you can manage to spend no more than $2.50 on your child every day, it will still cost you $16,500 to raise them to age 18.
The point is, it is expensive.
We are not a wealthy family, but we want our kids to have a nice life - and I'm sure that there are many others of you out there in a similar situation who feel the same way.
Here are a few tips for how to save money as a parent whilst ensuring your kids enjoy themselves:
Tip #1: Rescue Toys.
Toys are extremely expensive.
However, we have a dump truck which we found outside an óvoda, which was going to be thrown out. It was trash, but we rescued it, cleaned it up, and our kids love it. And it was free.
Here's a video of our kids playing with the dump truck: