Little Feet Cost Big Money

They say that having kids is expensive.  Which is definitely true.  But, I never realized how much one particular aspect was really expensive.  So much that I think when you calculate all the big costs (college, food, clothing), it should have it’s own line item.

Shoes.

Yikes, was I surprised when Mrs. Beagle informed me that she had to go shoe shopping for the kids, and the bill for one pair of shoes came in at almost fifty bucks!

We want to get shoes that are good and durable for everyday use, and that also offer the proper support and fit for growing feet.  We’ve found that if we buy shoes from Target or WalMart, they don’t match all of those criteria.

Either they don’t fit right or they start falling apart within days or something else.

Even so, I was surprised when we got Stride Rite shoes for Little Girl Beagle and the bill was nearly fifty dollars.  When Mrs. Beagle asked what I had expected to pay, I thought about and said, “Probably around thirty bucks”

I guess I figured the cheaper shoes would probably be around $15-20 and more expensive shoes would be around $30 or so.

I guess I was a little off!

We are always on top of sales, and unfortunately one that we weren’t on this year was the Stride Rite outlet store sale, where you can get your second pair of shoes at 50% if you buy a pair at regular price.

We’ve done this before when we were just buying shoes for Little Boy Beagle, and would either get him two different types of shoes around his current size, or would buy a larger size with the half off pair in anticipation of his feet growing.

Which they always do!

I guess I’m going to need to nudge up the clothing budget even further as these little feet grow.

Have you been surprised by the cost of kids shoes?  Do you have any tips for saving money on kids shoes?

And Already It Starts

Our (almost) thirteen month old daughter has an obsession that can only mean trouble to my wallet down the road:

Shoes.

She loves them.

She ignores most of the toys, and instead will walk/crawl to the laundry room where we have the shoe caddy.  She’ll find hers and will sit and cry until someone puts them on her feet.

Then, she’ll stay there, taking everybody else’s shoes down and throwing them into a big pile.

Shoes are her thing.

At thirteen months.

Yikes!