The main reason we felt that we needed to wait to have children was because of the financial "burden" of children. Once we realized that we were called to be parents now rather than later, we becan to see that would could in fact support a baby on my husband's measly grad student stipend. Is it easy? No. But it certainly is worth it.
I believe that part of being open to life is accepting children even in "non-ideal" situations. In our modern society, being financially stable, owning your own home, having a well-paying career, etc. are generally considered necessities before a couple would seek pregnancy. Yet couples (including us) welcome children without having all (or any) of these and are still able to raise their children in loving households with the true necessities (food, clothing, shelter, love).
So in order to support other married couples in being open to life, I'm going to be writing a series of posts on having a baby in a small budget. I will give some of the tips and tricks that my husband and I use to support our family of three on his small stipend. Of course, every couple must decide for themselves if starting (or further expanding) their family is financially feasible, but I do want to provide support, ideas, and my own personal experience to help them make their decisions. It would have made the decision-making process easier for us if we knew of others that were able to do it, were able to ask questions, and seek advice.
Some potential topics I'm planning to address:
What do babies really need?
Baby gifts - how to ask for what you really need
Buying second hand
Cloth diapers (and wipes)
Buying baby items with money/gift cards earned online
I know there are many other men and women out there that decided to have children and are raising them on a small budget, so if you have any advice or would like to share your personal experience, I'd love to have you write a guest post. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please check out the other posts (including some great guest posts) in my Baby on a Budget series.