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    Default Baby #2 on the way and buying a house!

    Just found out I am 5 or so weeks pregnant and going to be buying our first house!

    DF works full time, I work part time and have a DS who will just under 3.

    I think I have worked out that will need around $1000 for new bubs things but am worried about the cost of housing.

    Would love to hear ideas on saving, budget friendly living and any ideas on how to essentially live on one income or less.

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    Firstly.. congratulations! How exciting. We built our 1st home expecting number 3, on 1 income. Now we are about to build our 2nd house and are trying for a 4th.. still on 1 income! I think it's fairly easy to keep in budget, we tend to buy new stuff and still make do but i'd definitely suggest gumtree and ebay, you can get near new stuff for half the price or less. Layby is always helpful. I don't over-spend on groceries, I buy what we will eat, instead of indulging in things that end up in the bin 1 week later unused. Spread your purchases out, so for little things like clothes, sheets, maybe pick up 1 or 2 baby items per week with your normal shop then maybe once a month buy a bigger item. That way it doesn't affect your weekly expenses too much. I think things tend to work themselves out, try not to stress, i'm sure you will make do just fine

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    Thanks!

    Great to hear how well you handled what I am freaking out about haha! I think as its a surprise bub I am extra nervous.

    I think we will need to be careful but can make it happen

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    I became a sahm after DD and I am now expecting #2 we just bought a bigger home and we have one income. I say it's definitely doable, just really think hard about how the house will work for you. When we bought house #1 (per kids) we really thought it would work log term but we quickly realized it wasn't so and now have bought something more suitable. So when purchasing think long term!
    As for finances, do a yearly budget. Buy what you need and if you can buy used. Babies grow out of clothes so fast and till they're 6 months they live in onesies, don't need fancy toys DD's favs are Tupperware with dry pasta and spoons she likes to pretend cooking!

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    I'm in this position as well so will be watching this thread

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    Thanks I think it is finally sinking in and getting quite excited!

    I am going to little bits at a time so a few pieces of clothing, a bottle etc every fortnightly shop.

    I think other spending will be our biggest downfall. That and groceries. I do the fortnightly shop and have it delivered but we also tend to be buying extras and not just bread, fruit and veggies.

    I am setting up a budget but only for things that's aren't monthly, like car work, hydro etc.

    I will also be getting mat leave from work and eligible for the gov mat leave too.

    How much should we be saving for a deposit and back up savings though?

    Have a rough idea but would love to know what others have done?


 

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