Food. Clothing. Childcare. Most parents expect to shell out big money on their kids. But they don't always expect to spend hundreds -- or even thousands -- of dollars on these expenses.
Grocery shopping for a family of six is expensive enough, but when the family includes a child with food allergies the bill gets even steeper.
After learning that their 5-year-old son is allergic to gluten, dairy and food dyes, Kim Blackham's grocery bill has jumped by nearly $200 a month.
She now buys almond milk, dairy-free cheese and gluten-free bread, among other items — all of which costs at least double what she used to spend.
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"We have had to be super creative in a lot of things to make it work," she said about raising a family on a tight budget.
To cut costs, the family has been driving older cars, borrowing movies from the library for free and nixing purchases of the latest gadgets.