Ever since I can remember, I have loved making spreadsheets and keeping track of how much I'm spending. I am constantly checking my balances in my accounts and my credit cards. A website that I find useful is Mint. I stumbled upon this site a few years ago and have been using it ever since. I love having all of my accounts in one place. The site tracks all your spending and categorizes it. You can set budgets and goals which also will be tracked automatically. There is an option to set alerts and receive notifications when you are close to exceeding your budget as well. Overall this is a great site to get your finances in order or even start monitoring your accounts if you are one who does not pay too much attention until it's too late. Mint also has a free app that provides the same great features as the website itself. This is a must have!
Before our daughter was born, my husband and I were thinking about cloth diapering for many different reasons. It is cheaper in the long run, environmentally friendly, and healthier for the baby. During our baby shower we received tons of disposable diapers and the idea of cloth diapers slowly disappeared. We had so many other things to do in order to prepare for the baby that we just decided to use the diapers that we were given. When we finally used up all those diapers, I went and purchased several Bumgenius diapers from a local baby store. They are a little pricey but I found some on sale, just to try them out. At first I spent some time researching the proper ways to wash the diapers and was not sure if I would have time to wash and dry all them. My main concern was running out of diapers between washes. I had bought about eight Bumgenius diapers on sale and then bought several more from a website that was having a special on a bundle purchase. I still needed about ten diapers so that I could wait at least three days between washes. I was recommended Kawaii diapers by somebody that was using them on her baby. These diapers are about 80% cheaper than Bumgenius and I have not noticed a difference between the two brands other than Kawaii being a bit fluffier. Both brands come with two inserts and can be bought as snaps or Velcro. I have some of each kind. The diapers that I use are the pocket style, meaning they have to be stuffed. I do that right after they have dried so that I do not have to bother with it while changing a diaper. My only regret about cloth diapering is that I did not start using them sooner. There are great tutorials on YouTube that show you how to take care of the diapers and wash them in case you do need some advice. Make sure you get the right detergent, my two favorite is Rockin' Green but you have many options. These diapers will last for many years if taken care of properly, not to mention you can always resell them when your little one is potty trained. If there is anything specifically that you have questions about, let me know and I will be more than happy to answer any questions.
Here's a picture of my stash of cloth diapers.