Cassandra Parker has become something of an expert in finding ways to save while raising her seven children.
The 33-year-old from Glenmore Park has four children aged five and younger, including two-month-old Ayrabella, or Bella as she is known.
We use cloth nappies – the fancy new ones. You get your initial set-up costs but we do re-use a lot of things.
She and husband Joe, 35, who together own a real estate agency, save some money by not needing daycare, with Mrs Parker home-schooling all seven children – five boys and two girls. They also buy good-quality products that can be used as hand-me-downs, such as clothes and cots. They look for bargains on eBay and at sales.
Mrs Parker outlaid a total of $4000 when Ayrabella was born.
"With Bella coming into the family, because she's the first girl after all those boys, she got lots of new clothes because [older sister] Paige didn't have a lot," she said.
"We use cloth nappies – the fancy new ones. You get your initial set-up costs but we do re-use a lot of things."
Mrs Parker spends an average of $300 a week to feed her family, $900 twice a year to clothe all the children, and $400 a term on educational supplies and books.
She spends $700 on monthly expenses for the youngest four alone, adding up to $8400 a year.
Her baby bonus "sits in a bank" and will go towards the children and emergencies.