Raising Kids on a Shoestring

FFL's Resource Guide for Pregnant Women & Parents

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Feminists for Life’s issue of The American Feminist® magazine, “Raising Kids on a Shoestring,” is a holistic national guide filled with free and frugal resources, smart and creative solutions, and practical support that pregnant women, expectant fathers, and parents deserve.

“We’ve never said that being pregnant, placing a child for adoption, or parenting is easy, but we are going to do our best to make it easier,” said Serrin M. Foster, President of Feminists for Life. “‘Raising Kids on a Shoestring’ builds on — and goes well beyond — our earlier resources, like the 2001 ‘Raising Kids Cheap’ issue of The American Feminist and the ‘You Have Better Choices’ brochure of 2008.”

“Raising Kids on a Shoestring,” the largest-ever issue of FFL’s magazine, features eighteen articles with links to additional resources and support covering pregnancy, child birth, postpartum care; adoption information for both prospective adoptive parents and birthmothers; help for parents of children with special needs; housing, feeding, and clothing a family economically; and many other topics (see more below).

Supportive family and friends, as well as volunteers and professionals, will also want this directory of practical resources and solutions. In addition to pregnant women, expectant fathers, and struggling families, this magazine will become an effective tool for pregnancy care centers, social workers, military chaplains, parenting support groups, food banks and shelters, and an array of counselors and advisors at colleges and universities and in religious communities. Almost everyone could benefit from his or her own copy of “Raising Kids on a Shoestring.”

“Three out of four women who have abortions cite lack of resources and support as a determining factor,” said Foster, “and Feminists for Life is listening to women. This is the kind of help women who have abortions say would make a difference. This is what pregnant women say they need. This is the tool pregnancy resource centers are desperate for. This is what student activists say they want to put directly into the hands of women and counselors on campus. This is what families want.”

In addition to the topics mentioned above, “Raising Kids on a Shoestring” features articles on using the library effectively, a fun and practical list of dos and don’ts for new mothers, infant feeding recommendations, qualifying for public assistance, strategies for reducing health care costs, “living green, saving green,” childcare, transportation, education for parents, money management (including budget worksheets), and recreation.


Bulk copies of “Raising Kids on a Shoestring” are available at a discounted price for
colleges, pregnancy resource centers, and other counselors. Consider donating them!  



Top 10 Dos & Don’ts for New Mommies

Making the Most of Your Public Library

Mothers at Highest Risk. Money Management.

Clothing for Less

Childcare Resources

Expanding Education on a Shoestring

Affordable Housing, Furnishings & Utilities

Parenting on the Go!

Pro-(Fun)Life: Family Recreation on a Budget

To Your Health!

Feeding a Family on a Budget

Feeding an Infant

Affordable Adoption