A pregnant mother of 11 kids has revealed she does NOT spend money in January.
Courtney Rogers, 36, was a virgin when she married pastor husband Chris, 32, in October 2008 – adding that she was NOT using birth control.
They now have six boys and five girls aged 5 months to 10 – and she’s expecting again.
Courtney and Chris self-taught at their giant mother’s home and drove them around the neighborhood where they lived on 12 acres in Santa Fe County, New Mexico, USA, in a 15-seater van.
Their monthly food bill is $1,200 (£975) and last January they were forced to cut out all meals and holidays, as they spent more than $1,000 (£812). ) one month.
Now Courtney has revealed that this year she is NOT spending cash, calling it ‘No Buy January’.
She explained it on her Instagram page. “We take advantage of January and ‘fast’ from unnecessary purchases. We try our best NOT to eat out, buy clothes, do any extra-expensive leisure activities, buy things unnecessary items, etc. However, there are still a few exceptions.
“1) We are allowed to use any gift cards we receive during the holidays.
11 kids and counting…
March 13, 2010 – Clint was born weighing 8lbs 14oz
July 26, 2011 – Clay was born weighing 7lbs 13oz
September 16, 2012 – Cade was born weighing 6lbs 9oz
July 25, 2013 – Callie was born weighing 4lbs 8oz
October 24, 2014 – Cash is born 7lbs 6oz
September 12, 2015 – Colt was born weighing 4 lbs 6 oz
September 12, 2015 – The box was born weighing 3lbs 8oz
May 9, 2017 – Calena was born 6 lbs 6oz
June 10, 2018 – Caydie was born 7lbs 9oz
June 6, 2019 – Coralee was born with a weight of 8lbs 9oz
November 29, 2020 – Caris was born weighing 9lb 3oz
“2) We are allowed to purchase any emergency clothing items (e.g. replacing missing jackets or shoes)
“This challenge is easier for us as we don’t have any January/February birthdays. I need to buy a new carseat and pack n play and hope to use the January subscription coupon. to do so. Hopefully this will be the only time I make a non-grocery purchase.”
The children wear their own clothes and shoes, with mother Courtney staying at the shop to save money.
But they still take their annual vacation, camping near family in Georgia, 1,500 miles away, with travel and expenses of $1,000 (£812).
Courtney and Chris also never buy each other Christmas presents, so they can’t afford to spend $100 each – £812 in total – on their parents.
Courtney and Chris, both homeschooled, insist parenting isn’t a chore, in fact, they prefer homeschooling.
The parents also run a farm on their 12-acre property, with two bottle-fed lambs, as well as dogs and chickens.
“I love having them around and watching them learn and knowing what they’re learning,” said Courtney, who also teaches local children at the church’s Sunday school.
“I can tailor the lessons to each child and I don’t have to make them sit for hours all day. I love how it’s flexible and the kids can run around outside or feed the lambs between class hours.
“I’m more of a tutor. I’ll make arrangements for the kids and they’ll come to me and ask me about it.
“I usually have a baby in my arms, or I’m changing diapers and I’ll have four kids in line to ask me a math question.”
Also Mum to Clint, 10, Clay, eight, Cade, seven, Callie, six, Cash, five, twins Colt and Case, four, Calena, two, Caydue, 21 months, and Coralee , 10 months, Courtney gave birth seven times vaginally, two twins (one of which was twins) and also sadly two miscarriages.
She and Chris met through mutual friends at church camp in Georgia in 2007, then spent a year living 300 miles apart – her in North Carolina and he in Georgia.
They married in October 2008 and Courtney, the eldest of six children, found out she was pregnant two months later.
“Sadly, I had a miscarriage,” she said. “When I got that positive result, it was a dream come true, but then we lost it in December.”
Just five months later, she was pregnant again, with Clint, their first child. A few kids later, they moved from Georgia to New Mexico.
Courtney, who has never suffered from morning sickness, said: “I love being pregnant. I love developing a different person inside of me, thinking about what they’ll be like and picking out names.”
Courtney doesn’t like using contraception but swears it’s not for religious reasons and says her large family is a personal choice.
“Some people think it’s for religious reasons, but it’s not,” she said.
“I am the only mother at our church with so many children. I think the most anyone else has is four.
“I’ve never felt comfortable using birth control, because I don’t like the idea of taking the pill.”
“On a nice day, I’ll also finish washing three piles of clothes, etc…”, she said.
“Then everyone helps with lunch – it will be something like a sandwich or leftovers – and I will put the little kids down for a nap, while the other kids watch a movie or finish their work. succeed in their work.”
Chris is usually at home for dinner, be it lamb fajitas or pizza, but sometimes works late, doing odd jobs like landscaping, building or helping with renovations, to make extra money – while they also plan to rent a new property. soil.
The couple rarely argues, even trying to be environmentally friendly by using cloth diapers and wipes during the day and bamboo diapers at night, which can be composted.
Meanwhile, although the World Health Organization recommends a gap between pregnancies of 18 to 24 months, Courtney – who was advised by doctors after a cesarean section should try to leave a longer time if she wants to give birth. vaginal delivery – see no reason to stop having a baby. anytime soon.
Courtney and Chris used to wake up at 7:30 a.m. to see baby Coralee and make cereal and fruit breakfasts for the other kids, who woke up at 8 a.m.
“Mornings are the busiest part of the day – there’s always so much going on, with kids running around,” Courtney said.
The older kids, each with chores to ensure a smooth day, help relieve after breakfast and Courtney begins her school day – giving the kids a break after a few hours to help bottle feed the lambs .
She said: ‘I’ve been told that there’s a greater risk of bleeding if you’re having multiple babies, but that’s never been a concern for me or affected, because I gave birth in the hospital so they did. ready”.
“I had my first child when I was 25. I didn’t expect them all to come so quickly, but I’m not going to change.”
She said: ‘I was criticized for keeping my mother and baby too close, but I take care of myself and the baby very well.
“Those who ask how I can give my children full attention are usually the ones who send them to school.
“I don’t understand their logic when I’m with my kids 24 hours a day.”
“I don’t regret having so many children – more fun in my opinion.
“Chris and I love being parents and, as a family, we have a great time together.”
You can follow Courtney on Instagram @littlehouseinthehighdesert.
Meanwhile, Sue Radford previously revealed she and her family were being stared at for death on the street as they exercise during the lockdown.
https://www.thesun.ie/fabulous/8214230/mum-11-kids-homeschool-monthly-spend-2-2/ I’m a pregnant 11 year old mom and I NEVER spend money in January