quote:Originally posted by Rowe:
Bills don't simply disappear because you have a baby. If a couple has incurred bills that must be paid, regardless of the new arrival, then what? Here's a typical scenerio. Let's say, you and your honey decided to purchase a $600,000 home, based on the total household income that you two were earning prior to the baby. The mortgage, car note, and other sustaining expenses must still be paid, and we cannot expect a couple to just do away with the luxury home, Mercedes, expensive clothes, etc. just because they had a baby. Some adjustments will need to be made, but realistic adjustements. Don't you think?
Yes, but this scenerio is a perfect example of people living within their means, instead of within their needs. If they buy a luxury home, and then decide to have children, why not sell the home and buy something more accomodating to their change in focus? Which is more important, to care for their children in the way we've been discussing (a way which would be better for them), or have a luxury home?
Selling the home and the Mercedes, IMO, is a reasonable sacrifice for children.