What the f***???

Just yesterday I was stunned. I stood in SPAR (in my gym wear) and was sweating

(not from my recent run on the treadmill),

but because I was looking at the price of formula!!!

How is this even possible??? Can I go back to breastfeeding even though Minki just turned 2?

The bottle does say breastfeeding is best…

Then my phone beeps and the super cute school app says:

Minki’s Diapers Are Finished.

Turning to look at the diapers prices I nearly fainted

(and no Minki is not one of those (fortunate) kids who gets to wear premium diapers).

I always hated being constricted to something as pedantic as:

The one who shall not be named:

BUDGET!!!

If I see something pretty, I buy it (and I will sort out the small matter of no money later)…

When I shopped a lot, I would just eat less. And when I manage to avoid the shops I will eat some more. Or I would just wash my face with water for a month and save on facial wash and buy that ZARA dress!

You get the idea BUT THEN we had a baby…

Oops!

My perfect masterplan for

NOT HAVING TO LIVE ON A BUDGET =

KA – BOOOOOOM!

Because???

KIDS ARE EXPENSIVE.

KIDS = LESS MONEY.

That’s mildly put.

The more kids you have the poorer you will be.

It sounds harsh but here’s the facts:

• The government recently calculated that, for an average middle-income South African family, the cost of raising a child from birth to 18 years of age could reach up to…

R 1 681 470.*

Too many numbers for my anti-maths brain, so my husband did the maths:

Your child is likely to cost you R256 a day or R7 785 a month

(That’s a LOT of dresses)!

But wait there’s more…

Sending your child to private school from grade R to grade 12 in South Africa will cost you around
R3.7 million,

according to the City Press.**

If kiddo wants to pursue a tertiary education after school, that’s going to cost a bit more – with the report stating that a three-year BA degree is priced between

R190,000 and R470,000.

2 (VERY GOOD) REASONS TO NOT HAVE KIDS:

1. You will go broke

(Unless you raise a little Federer or Bill Gates)

2. You will always be financially responsible for them

(sorry Dad)!

But then my little buddy curls up on my chest and says with a heavenly sleepy smile: “Minki by Mamma doedoe…”

When I cry, she pats my back and says:

“Mamma het eina, pleister opsit !”

She keeps me on my knees –

Always looking for dummies & Praying for her…

***

She gets me all excited about little stuff, like seeing the stars peeking through the night sky.

I get to LIVE AGAIN –

experience LIFE again –

Through her…

And then all the numbers and maths disappear…

ITS TRULY PRICELESS.

Stay Stylish (and try to budget)!

XOXO

Helene (and Minki)

*According to a recent Huggies study.
** The City Press calculated the figure based on a child who starts school in 2016 and leaves matric in 2028.
***Stationery, uniform, and boarding costs were included in the figure, with the annual schools fees based on the rates of a private school in Johannesburg.

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