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Aug 24, 2012

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Since the recession, people are saving money in all kinds of ways, including not adding to their family. The USDA reveals how much the average family spends, per child, from zero to 18. Sometimes, though, the baby trade-off can actually help your bottom line. And still worried about the cost of kids? You might consider buying used. (Well, maybe not everything secondhand.) Also, a Republican delegate shares the cost of being a delegate traveling to the Republican Convention.

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The price tag for being an RNC delegate

Aug 24, 2012
Republicans all over the country are starting to pack for Tampa, Fla., where the Republican Convention will be. One delegate breaks down the costs of participating in democracy.

Financial planning for baby

Aug 24, 2012
There's a lot to decide before you have a baby. Certified financial planner Louis Barajas answers expecting parents' questions about how to be prepared financially for your baby.

Exploiting baby

Aug 24, 2012
Author Teresa Strasser talks about the give-and-take relationship she has with her babies.

A richer life with no kids

Aug 24, 2012
A married man in his forties reflects on his choice to not have children.

Secondhand shopping for baby

Aug 24, 2012
A stroller, a crib, clothes for a kid who may not be the same size next week are among the many items parents need to purchase for their new baby. Buying secondhand can be easier on the wallet. Learn what is safe -- and unsafe -- to buy secondhand for junior.

The costs and rewards of adoption

Aug 24, 2012
A Minnesota family does what it takes to make their dream of a big family a reality.

Finding your dream babysitter

Aug 24, 2012
The search for your soulmate and the perfect babysitter have some surprising parallels.

Your child, in dollars and cents

Aug 24, 2012
There's no way to estimate the returns on a hug from your son or an afternoon of baking cookies with your brood, but the USDA was able to estimate how much a child takes out of your bank account.

Since the recession, people are saving money in all kinds of ways, including not adding to their family. The USDA reveals how much the average family spends, per child, from zero to 18. Sometimes, though, the baby trade-off can actually help your bottom line. And still worried about the cost of kids? You might consider buying used. (Well, maybe not everything secondhand.) Also, a Republican delegate shares the cost of being a delegate traveling to the Republican Convention.