Welcome! I’m so glad you found Zero Cost Kids.
We think differently here. Let’s see how I can help you live a simpler, more organized, less expensive and happier life with children.
I’m an author and former financial journalist, and live with my husband, two sons and two whippets in a two-room apartment. You can read more about us here.
Zero Cost Kids is not about being extremely frugal (making cloth diapers out of kitchen towels). It IS about saving tons of money by making different lifestyle choices (using cloth diapers for baby’s health and to help the environment – and to save money!).
The $100,000 coupon
Want to clip a coupon worth over $100,000 on the cost of raising two kids? Don’t move to a larger house. We have a whole series on how to happily fit the whole family into a smaller space:
You’ll find off-beat financial advice here – things you might not have thought of to improve your family’s finances. Here’s an example that goes against the grain of every other personal finance article you’ve read:
Here are a couple more favorites:
Are you a mom who does it all? No, none of us can.
A recent article in Parents magazine glorified Millennial moms who “Do It All!” There’s just no such thing. Parenting pretty much always involves robbing Peter to pay Paul.
That said, I believe raising children is the time in our lives to focus on our family. While I recognize the economic necessity of working, part of the reason I started Zero Cost Kids is to help support families to have a stay-at-home parent.
Whether you’re a SAHM or a parent who works outside the home, here’s your own section with ideas to support all moms being “Super Woman!” And dads, don’t go away, you’re welcome here too! (I was raised by a single dad, and he was definitely a “super woman”!)
Home. Ahhh. I’ve always been a homebody and enjoyed caring for my small spaces (since age 16 I’ve lived in apartments). With children, keeping house takes on a whole new importance: At home we nourish their bodies and souls, teach them skills by example, and provide a nurturing environment for meals, sleep, playing and togetherness.
At Zero Cost Kids, keeping house is not about cleaning your baseboards or de-germing your refrigerator seal (although apparently that is a good idea). It IS about decluttering, simplifying, and prioritizing and enjoying housework. I also believe home should be a magical place for children.
I don’t give recipes, but I DO help with menu planning! After years of struggling, meal planning has become an expertise of mine. I use a seasonal menu plan – 28 different meals for breakfast and dinner – that repeats twice before switching to the next menu plan. I love this system! And I’m really enthusiastic about helping other moms solve the dreaded 4pm question of “What’s for dinner?”
I sure hope you find lots of interesting and inspiring tips and ideas here to help you and your family thrive!