Chicago, IL (PRWEB) June 10, 2011
For most new parents, it isn't the sound of their baby crying that keeps them up all night, it is the "cha-ching" of the cash register, as they add up all their new expenses. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, raising a child till age 18 can cost anywhere from $110,000 to over $410,000. And baby's first year alone can cost upwards of $11,000!
The new must-have eBook by DIY Father , Baby on a Budget, culls the combined wisdom of fathers around the world using humor and useful tips to help new parents to save over $6,000, so they can enjoy their new life with their new baby, without breaking the bank.
"Congratulations you're a new dad! Now you have one new and rather large expense, that will be hanging around for the next 20 years or so. And if you are like most new dads, the one question racing around your mind is ... how am I going to pay for it all?" says DIY Father Founder Scott Lancaster.
The Baby on a Budget team has done all the hard work and research to help families save their hard-earned dollars and avoid unnecessary expenses when buying things for their baby. The book covers everything from Financial Prep with tips on how to save on baby gear, toys and clothes, food and nutrition as well as the big expense - childcare.
Three quick and easy budgeting tips from DIY Father to get started on budgeting for the family:
1) Make it a priority -- before creating a budget for baby purchases sit down to determine what is important to you and your partner and make sure you are on the same page. Divide purchases into “must haves” and “nice to haves” - this way you will avoid many arguments over what you should or shouldn't buy.
2) Avoid unnecessary purchases -- if you are stuck for cash don’t buy items like newborn baby shoes – they are a fashion item only. A newborn baby does not need shoes (in fact many people believe shoes are not good for them).
3) Four is more than enough -- the DIY Father rule of thumb for baby clothes: one on your baby, one in the wash, and two in the drawer.
To help keep costs down, Baby on a Budget is available as an eBook for $6.95. For the book or to schedule an interview, please contact Amelia Dellos at media(at)dyifather(dot)com or 708.702.0406.
About the Authors
Chris Mancini is a comic, author, filmmaker, and parent. He is very tired. Chris was also frustrated at the lack of useful (and funny) information for new Dads, and especially what they go through during the whole process of going from “one of the guys” to “one of the parents”. Chris saw the need and wanted to help. His book Pacify Me: A Handbook for the Freaked Out New Dad tells of the harrowing tale of a guy overcoming his fear of actually procreating and offers helpful advice for freaked out new dads everywhere. Chris is also the co-founder of comedyfilmnerds.com, a successful movie website and podcast that features comedians reviewing movies and talking about film.
Scott Lancaster is the founder of DIYFather.com. He is the father of baby girl Pyper and is married to Renee, who gave birth to Pyper in July 2007. After discovering how little parenting information was available for fathers, Scott approached the other two directors, who helped him build DIYFather.com. When not involved in DIY Father, Scott looks after Pyper full time and also helps Renee with her business. Scott has an Applied Science degree majoring in Agriculture and comes from a farming background. He is also a co-author of the bestselling books Call Me Dad and Being a Great Dad for Dummies.
Stefan Korn runs a private incubator for online start-ups called "WebFund". He is also a passionate dad and entrepreneur with a social conscience. His partner Raquel gave birth to their son Noah in May 2007 and the experience of becoming a father as well as the challenges of looking after Noah have prompted him to come on board DIYFather.com to help make a difference in the parenting space. Stefan has a PhD in Artificial Intelligence and an MBA in International Business. He is also a co-author of the bestselling books Call Me Dad and Being a Great Dad for Dummies
About DIY FATHER
DIYFather is a social enterprise promoting active fatherhood through online and offline products and services. DIYFather’s main vehicle is http://www.diyfather.com, an interactive website for dads providing dad-friendly information in a convenient format. DIYFather delivers positive parenting courses and resources to dads in all markets it operates. The company was brought into this world by Wellington-based dads Scott Lancaster, Eric Mooij and Stefan Korn who recognized the need for social innovation in the fathering space. Now in its fourth year of operation, DIYFather.com has become one of the world’s leading websites for involved dads.
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