If you’ve got babies or toddlers and you’re longing for the end of nappies so that your life can get cheaper, I’m sorry to say that I’ve got bad news for you.
Life doesn’t get cheaper as your kids get bigger. It just gets a whole lot more expensive.
Not only do teens and tweens eat CONSTANTLY, but they keep growing (and bigger clothes cost more money than tiny ones) and they start doing expensive hobbies. Or even cheap hobbies, but lots of them, which all add up.
Over the past few weeks, these are the essentials I’ve had to buy for my kids for their hobbies and school:
- Explorers shirt (because he’s too old for Scouts now)
- New school rugby shirt (because he’s grown)
- New violin bow (because his old one was coming apart)
- New school trousers (because he’s grown)
- 2 pairs of new school trousers (because he’s grown)
- New rugby scrum hat (to replace the one he’d lost)
- Black shirt (costume for school musical)
- New water bottle (to replace the one he’d lost)
- Black leotard (for the panto)
- 2 pairs of natural coloured dance tights (ditto)
- Black jeans (ditto)
- Black jazz shoes (ditto – thank goodness for reviews!)
- Foundation, powder, blusher, lipstick, eyeliner and eye shadow (ditto – thank goodness for Boots Advantage Card points!)
- New swimming costume (because she got picked for the school team)
- New school shoes (because she’d grown)
- New leotard for tap and jazz (because her teacher changed the uniform)
Every single one of these items was essential and non-negotiable. They couldn’t have managed without them.
And, in case you’re wondering, yes, I did get the boys new school trousers in September. They really have grown that much! And, yes, they will be buying their own items next time they lose them.
And before I know it, I’ll be having to find the money for university tuition fees…