When we found out we were expecting our second child, I started wondering where are we going to fit the baby’s stuff? Cakey’s stuff? We have a small two bedroom/one bath apartment. My first thought was we are going to have to move and I really did not want to have to do that. I mean I just finished hanging the pictures up! Not to mention we have an excellent rental rate which is allowing us to save more and pay off our debts. The hubs suggested we switch rooms with the kids which sounded like a good idea to me.
As the months rolled on, the more I thought about switching rooms the more I realized it would not work. Our king size bed and two nightstands would barely fit in the kids’ room let alone any of our other stuff. This would mean our two dressers and armoire would be in the master bedroom (which would be the kids’ new room) along with two cribs, two dressers, and a changing table. While all of these pieces of furniture would fit in the master bedroom (kids’ new room), the hubs and I would have to go into the kids’ room to get our clothes, bed sheets, and blankets. This would NOT be a good idea. I love it when Cakey takes a nap and I am 100% sure I will love it when the new baby takes a nap.
Our next idea was rearranging the kids room, purchasing a bed for Cakey and not a second crib. What kind of bed was the real question. Should we get her a toddler bed? Or just go straight for the twin size so that in a few years we would not have to buy her another bed? We decided on the twin size bed partly because the new baby (and any other future babies) would be using hand-me-downs and it didn’t seem right that their first bed would be a hand-me-down and Cakey would constantly be getting the new stuff.
Before I set up a budget, I like to make a list of what I’ll need. In this case, I would need a twin bed, twin mattress and boxspring, a dresser, bedding, and guard rail. So where does any price conscious shopper go to look for new, inexpensive furniture? Ikea of course! While looking at twin size beds I realized that it would be much more economical to go ahead and buy bunk beds. We had recently found out we were having another girl and regardless of where we move to in the future the girls would be sharing a room. Buying a bunk bed also meant we would not need a box spring. After looking at Ikea and searching the Internet, I was able to come up with rough estimates of how much each piece was going to cost and we were able to set up a budget of $1000. Which is a lot but I was hoping I could score some of the pieces we needed at yard sales or thrift stores and save some money.
Our budget looked like this:
Bunk bed – $500
Dresser – $100
Mattress – $250
Bedding – $100
Guard rail – $50
One idea we had was to use our income tax refund to purchase the items needed. However, between then and when our refund came in we might find some great deals on the stuff we needed. We decided to start saving $50 a paycheck for this project and when the income tax refund came in we would add however much money we still needed to the project fund.
This is just how we started out our budget process for budgeting for a second baby. Things changed along the way but it is always a good idea to give yourself a baseline like this before starting on a major project. Over the next few weeks I’ll reveal what we ended up doing in the girls’ rooms.
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