ONE WOMAN explained that she bought £2-3k worth of baby clothes despite not being pregnant.
The 29-year-old woman said she and her partner were planning to have a baby when they had saved up some money, so she thought the clothes were a smart investment.
But since it was causing arguments between her and her partner, she turned to Mumsnet to ask others for advice.
She said: “I am 29 years old and I am very melancholy. We still can't have a baby as we need to save money to raise them, feed them and send them to school."
“I have £5,000 in savings. We'd also like to move up the ownership ladder."
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“My [significant other] and I need to complete postgraduate exams to advance our profession (£2-3k each). We do not share our disposable income and never will.
“I really want to have a baby one day. Sometimes I see baby clothes that are so cute I feel like I have to buy them or I'll never see them again."
"I've probably spent £2-3k on baby clothes in the 3 years, I'd say around half on sale.
"My [significant other] is upset because he feels like I'm throwing money away.
"She's already managed to save quite a bit, which will cover a few years of education.
“I feel like we are technically saving money by anticipating the cost of this need. I think it's not a problem and it's pretty smart, to tell you the truth.
“We have a shared budget of £50k for the offspring and I can definitely save this when I am 35 (it will take me 30 months to save £25k).
“Surely it only matters that I eventually save the money, not that I save it at the same rate as him.
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“We have been together since we were 18 years old and we have always agreed on money and expenses.
"But as we get older, he becomes very anxious and more cautious about the cost of having a family and can be quite stubborn, for example a child will survive on free education like I did, they definitely don't need savings accounts from birth , etc.
"He's taking it too seriously because a lot of people don't save that much before starting a family.
"We've argued quite a bit about this and it really makes me nervous.
"I feel like the arguments are getting worse over such a minor issue."
Mumsnet users were quick to weigh in and offer their thoughts on the situation.
One said: “£2-3k worth of baby clothes is ridiculous if you have a baby. I never spent anywhere near that on my babies. I'm afraid you're being very unreasonable."
While another said: "£2-3k worth of clothes for a baby that doesn't exist yet is a waste of money, babies don't really need that many clothes and they run out so quickly."
And a third said: “You are being ridiculous! £2-3k worth of baby clothes when you're not even pregnant is crazy."
"Even if you had a baby that's a crazy amount of money. What would you do if you can't conceive? You're setting yourself up for a serious headache."
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