Something rather exciting happened to me yesterday! I got an email request for my spreadsheet. I’m rather pumped. I’m hoping the recipient will be willing to give a review of it so that I might tweak and perfect it a little more. Two weeks ago I talked about my Baby diapering inventory and then last week I went over the Nursery portion, then came Baby Feeding and then came Baby Clothing. This week I want to talk about the last part, the Miscellaneous baby stuff portion of the spreadsheet. These items covers all the things I anticipate needing that aren’t really covered in the other portions. Using Excel I made a spreadsheet that including the some of the following categories.
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You can customize this to fit your individual needs. When looking at this portion of the spreadsheet I basically made a list of things I thought I would want to get based on what I found useful when working at the daycare and from other experiences. Most everything on the list has already been purchased, and most of it I either received as a gift because making the list helped me know what to register for or I bought second hand. I have about $100 invested in this part of the needed items, and most things have already been purchased. This doesn’t count the cost of the 4D ultrasound or the cost of the labor class. This list helps me keep up with everything I still need vs everything we already have and when I start to have nesting panic attacks I can just look at this very helpful spreadsheet. I have location of the items and price (whether I bought them or they were given to me via shower or whatever) which allows me to keep a running tab of how much I have spent. The spreadsheet also automatically calculates how much I need of whichever item after I put in how many I have. Obviously your needs and wants will look differently than mine but I would be happy to send a sample of my spreadsheet to you, just make the request and provide an email in the comments.
Hopefully in the next few weeks I can talk about total costs and how to save even more here and there along the way.
How are you or do you prep for baby?