I was talking to my neighbor one day about kids. You see they do not have any, and they are debating if they want to start a family or not. Now they have heard debates from many of their friends about fingerprints on everything, what having a kid does to your body and not to mention your sanity. In my opinion, I think it all depends on the kind of person you are. I think they would make great parents, but they love to buy new toys, cars, motorcycles, guns – they just enjoy it. As a parent, I know that having kids can completely change your financial outlook on life. Your focuses and priorities change and so can your financial situation. Debt can sneak up on an unassuming parent very quickly with doctor bills, getting over excited about a new baby and going on shopping sprees…. You really don’t need all that stuff for your baby. I bought so much stuff for my son, it was insane. I bought him everything – clothes, toys, etc. However, he would rather play with a box, and he didn’t even wear half the clothes I bought him because he grew out of things so quickly. Lol, well I learned, from my son and I was older and wiser when I had my daughter and didn’t buy her everything…. I’m not saying she isn’t spoiled rotten, but I spend wisely.
Many people end up living beyond their means and relying on credit cards when they add children into their lives, their income has not changed, yet they are spending more on food, clothes diapers, toys, etc. Before you go out and start applying for every credit card that comes in the mail you must do your research! Check out your options, there are many tools such as Credit Line Calculators out there that you can utilize to see if an option if affordable, the last thing you want to do is pile on the debt. According to the United States Census Bureau, there are approximately 1.5 billion credit cards in use in the United States. So, while most people own a credit card, it is important to be educated about them and do your research.
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