Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Why Families Of Multiples Need To Budget

To some of you this is completely obvious. Clearly when you have multiples you get one or more children then you bargained for when you began trying (or sometimes not trying) for.

But you might be suprised at how often I get asked who pays for my kids! I've been asked if the government helps me. It's not a surprising question considering how public some families of multiples are. And everyone knows how some families received free diapers, baby food, vehicles and sometimes even houses. And then there's John and Kate plus 8 who have their own TV show which was once reality and is now just a show about them getting lots of stuff.

So, it's not surprising that people would assume since we have triplets, and triplets are something they don't see every day, that we must surely get some government help.

This couldn't be further from the truth. While it might be true for some who have very high order multiples (quintuplets or higher) those of us with "just" triplets are left to fend for ourselves. We may get a few coupons or a box of diapers or formula the rest is up to us. And the rest can be quite expensive.

A recent article by ABC News Money brought this point home:

http://abcnews.go.com/Business/Story?id=7747473&page=1

Featured in the article is Rachelle Wilkinson of the Wilkinson Quints

So if you've ever wondered why I clip coupons - now you know!

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