What money can buy
Family life means managing a limited budget for many parents.
Adele Hamilton, Editor Parent24

I was brought up not to talk about private money matters.

But I can just say, money gets a lot tighter when kids start preschool and upwards. There are school fees of course, but also shoes and clothing, then later cellphone costs, and hobbies or extra lessons. Not to mention the spectre of tertiary education looming closer every year.

I often feel I'm not setting the best example for my children in this area. Surely when there are so many money musts, we should never say: 'Oh, what the hey, let's have take-aways!' But it does happen.

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