How being a parent really affects your finances
Real parents share the truth about what happens to your money when you have children.
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It's no surprise that being a parent means spending more money than you'll ever imagine. 

Birth costs a fortune, nappies, clothing, bedding, birthday parties and so much more. There's always another purchase, another bill that needs to be paid. Unfortunately that means putting your own needs and wants aside. Yes, even that beautiful coat or that game console you've always wanted. 

We recently asked on our Facebook page how you really know that you're a parent and the answers were great. 

Here's what these real parents shared about being a mom or dad and how you spend your money.

Money and parenting

Every time you have some cash with you, you first think "what can l buy for my baby". - Bonisto

When you go shopping planning to buy a pair of stilettos. Instead you come back with a bag full of boy clothes and no stilettos. - Ernika

Every time you fetch [your child] from crèche she expects a "surprise". - Pendulwa

You walk into a store and immediately head towards the kid's aisle. - Jessica

The closest thing you get to a massage is 2 toddlers walking on you. - Jeanne

Shopping has all but stopped for myself, my kids become my priority. - Chrisilda

Your personal salon days are a rare occasion. - Vaneda

It may sound rough but knowing that you're providing for your children's wants and needs can be as fulfilling, if not more so, than any pair of running shoes or big screen TV could ever be!

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