Seeing babies and young children with their parents everywhere you go may tempt you into wanting a child of your own. But the question is, can you really afford to raise a child, at least at this point in your life? Consider your own needs, as well as the needs of your future offspring, and figure out if you can fulfil all of those needs before deciding to start a family.
The good news is that you certainly don't have to be rich to have the family of your dreams. There are smart ways to invest your money for the future (to pay for your children to go through school, for example) and there are also many second-hand baby items that you can purchase at low prices that will work perfectly until your children grow out of them (and that will happen really quickly).
Check out the interesting infographic below, which details how much money it will take to raise a child, as well as how much parents typically spend on everything from high chairs and car seats to nursery furniture and toys when these items are purchased brand new rather than second-hand. What you will quickly realise is that there are myriad ways to save enough money to start a family, and then there are also plenty of easy ways to continue saving money even after your first child is born.
So, go ahead, start the family you have always wanted if you feel comfortable financially doing so and if you have a stable and nurturing environment in which you can raise your beloved kids. But make sure you don't break the bank in the process of watching your children grow big and strong.