Children are one of life's gifts. They're treasures beyond compare, and we can't imagine life without them.

Part of being a good parent is providing financially for your children. We probably don't have to tell you that raising kids is expensive! From new shoes to toys and from health care to day care, the costs of raising a child can sometimes seem overwhelming.

But they don't have to be. There are many ways to trim these costs. The first step is getting a handle on your spending, which is covered in Saving Money with a Spending Plan.

Read on for additional tips on cutting costs while meeting your children’s needs and finding quality child care.

Managing Your Money: Your Kids–Priceless (and Expensive)

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