We’re Expecting a Baby Dragon!

Mrs. Dragon and I are expecting an addition to the family this summer! I expect the baby to look like this:

I mentioned this casually in the January expenses post, but after a comment about burying the lead (or is it lede?) I figured I should go ahead and make a dedicated post.

Babies are really expensive!

How are you guys doing your nursery?  We painted ours in 14k gold!  Nothing but the best for little Billy.

I’ve heard that babies literally ruin your life.  I mean … they cost lots of money. Why would you have a baby?!? I thought you cared about financial independence and freedom!

Are all our dreams of financial independence ruined? Fear not, dear reader. I suspect that much like the families behind the Frugalwoods and Root of Good, us Bearded Dragons will be just fine.

Of course, I will be documenting all our expenses like normal, so you can see for yourself exactly what we are spending on the little tyke. And since the blog is almost one year old, we will have more than a dozen or so pre-baby expense months for cost comparison.

Since this is a financial independence blog, I will mainly be talking about the new addition as it impacts our plans for FI. Here are some topics that I expect to come up:

Choosing whether or not to have one parent stay at home (we both currently work full time).

What items are necessary for raising a Baby Dragon and how much they cost.

Medical expenses associated with having a baby and small child.

I’m sure there are many more, but those come to mind immediately. We were planning on this move so it (theoretically) shouldn’t push back our timeline.  Time will tell.

I’ll keep this post short and sweet, but I just wanted to share the good news!

What are your thoughts about how having children affects chasing FI? Do you think we can still make our goal of $600k by Feb 2025?



Expenses: January 2016
The Hoard: February 2016

2 thoughts on “We’re Expecting a Baby Dragon!

  1. Congrats with the baby Dragon on its way. We have 2 little amber trees at home. And it is true, they cost a lot of money. And they can even cost a lot more…you can indeed have a 14k gold painted nursery.
    We try to be frugal when it comes to baby and kids stuff. We do not save money on safety times and good basic cloths. Just like we do for ourselves. In our case, it helps we have 2 girls…
    On the other hand, some expense items got cheaper as well. We go less on restaurants and our entertainment expenses dropped the first years.

    Enjoy the preparation

    • Thank you! We are expecting to spend in the same way that you describe. We won’t skimp on safety or basics, but we don’t plan on going overboard either. But as Mike Tyson famously said, “Everybody has a plan until they get punched in the face.” We’ll see how things go once the little one arrives. Cheers!

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