Archive | November 2012

Cloth Diapering because you’re broke

There are a lot of cloth diaper blog posts out there that try to break down the cost of cloth diapering and prove how “over time” it will be cheaper than disposables. Well what if you find yourself low on diapers, low on money, with only a few more months of diapers ahead?

My son is 20 months and I plan on using a 3 day potty training method once he turns 22 months. Supposedly this should work well and we will be done with diapers by then. Supposedly. But about a month ago I was facing a budget with numbers that didn’t put my family in the black by the end of the month, and I was sick of spending $40+ a month on diapers. So I did what any good hippie would do and I looked into cloth diapers.

$20 fraggin’ dollars a diaper??!?! Are you kidding me??! If I got the recommended number (minimum of 12) I would spend $240 bucks on cloth diapers. Not to mention the garbage/diaper pail, pail liners or garbage bags, extra laundry costs, etc… W. T. F.??  These cloth diaper hippies are the biggest capitalists out there, I told you so!  $240 would keep my baby in disposables for the rest of his diaper time, and allow me to stock pile 2 months worth of diapers for the next one.  One website said the average income of a cloth diapering family is $90k a year.  In a word, I felt screwed.

The point here was to save money NOW.  I had about $40 worth of disposables diapers stock piled and my goal was to spend less than the $120 I will  spend on disposables if we stay in those until January.  So what I did was buy 2 diaper wraps/covers, 1 trial pack that came with 1 cover and 3 prefolds, 6 flat diapers, and 6 more prefolds.  This was about $55 all together, and I split it up into two purchases.  My son still uses disposables at naptime and bedtime, and when we are out and about.  But the rest of the time when we are home, he’s in a cloth diaper.  Every 4-5 cloth diapers used equals a $1 saved on disposables!

I even made my own cloth baby wipes.  Did you know hippies try to sell these for $10 for 12 wipes?  HAHAHAHA.  I cut up a baby blanket and got about 48 wipes.  CAPITALISTS!!!

Anyway… Moral of the story, I am stretching our stockpile of disposable diapers, saving money, and not adding as quickly to the landfill.  Who’s the hippie now, suckas?

 

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Square Peg…

I have been scouring the internet recently for 1950’s housewife nostalgic gems.  I’ve found a few- some sexist ads that are pretty funny, and the ever entertaining “good wife” list from a mid-century Good Housekeeping article.  But mostly what I’ve found are way left articles that disparage the role of a 1950’s housewife, or defensive articles that have the word “God” written every 5 words.  Then there are the hippies.  These are the people that my community seems to have the most of, and you’d think I’d fit in the best with them.  But they are the rich hippies.  The hippies who are total capitalists.  The SAHMs who don’t know how to budget or bargain shop because they’ve never had to.  The moms who don’t know what it’s like to literally have $300 or less of disposable income.  And by disposable, I mean what’s leftover after the minimum due on your bills are paid.  $300 for food and gas and diapers.  For the month.  THREE HUNDRED.

From the left I’ve learn that caring for your husband, and your children, means you care less about yourself.  That wanting to stay home and raise the babies you grew (or adopted or fostered), somehow equals self imposed slavery and dimness.  What?!  That doesn’t make any sense.  Then on the right there are so many well-intentioned folks who may support staying at home, but they also support an extreme view of religion that fosters an environment of judgement and hate in its own right.

I cannot be the only Catholic, liberal, beer drinking, meat eating, sugar avoiding, pro-choice, pro-gay, broke-ass housewife out there.  But when I look for support from the stay at home mom blog community, I’m met with random posts about politics that I don’t support or believe in.  And if someone believes in the things I believe in politically, they sure as hell don’t seem to believe in honoring and obeying your husband, being a stay at home mom, being morally obligated to clean the house, be in a good mood, have sex, do laundry, cook dinner, etc…

And today!  Someone guest posted about their financial lot in life as part of a series being ran by one of the blogs I follow- their NET income- NET SINGLE EARNER INCOME was over $65,000 a year.  They had $3200 left over after all their bills were paid each month.  How am I supposed to relate that when I don’t even GROSS $3200 a month?

Maybe, I should just start posting to this blog more.  Maybe someone will find it and comment that yes!  There are people like me out there!

Sigh.

Or maybe not and it doesn’t matter and I should just learn to take the good with the bad.  Meh?