Sidney’s Festive Film Review

Watching high-budget and low-budget holiday classics with my toddler.

Want, Need, Wear, Read: How a Simple Saying Helps Me Keep My Holiday Spending Under Control

I allot around $50–75 to each category, for a total of $200–300 per kid.

The Costs of Surrogacy

The story ends happily—but there are a lot of unexpected costs and complications in between. 

The Cost of Giving Birth Abroad

I live in Kathmandu—but I gave birth in Bangkok.

The Unexpected Costs of Getting Ready for a Baby

There are a lot of unexpected costs.

A Toddler’s Day Out That Doesn’t Bust the Bank

My son, Sid, is hurtling through toddlerdom at warp speed.

The Cost of Having a Baby in Australia With No Insurance

I decided to keep track of the actual costs of my pregnancy, as I am a bit of a spreadsheet nerd.

Should You Take Money Out of One Kid’s Investment Portfolio and Give It to Your Other Kid?

Who else read Dear Prudence today? I want to hear your thoughts on this family’s question.

Do You Need a Salary’s Worth of Savings Before Having Kids?

And is that even mathematically likely?

We Got Halfway Through Dave Ramsey’s Seven Baby Steps

Then we had an actual baby.