I highly, highly recommend that before you decide to have nieces and nephews you get yourself a decent job - everything costs more after you become an auntie.
For instance, I finished reading The Book Thief and needed another book to get through the rainy Vancouver days so I stopped by the local book store. I picked up a recommended read for $17.00. Then I walked to the counter to pay. That's all I did - walk through the store to the counter to pay. By the time I reached the counter, my seventeen dollar book cost me $51.66.
And don't even get me started about what happens in toy stores, even just walking by a toy store can cost what would otherwise be a pair of shoes...oh how I miss the days when I could afford shoes!
Some people brag when December 1st rolls around...they say, "I have ALL my christmas shopping done already!"
Ya, well I have nieces and nephew that are 5, 3-minus-a-few-days, 1, and almost 1 and I have all my christmas shopping done until at least the first one hits 10.
I also need a second job if you hear of anyone that's hiring...maybe something in a shoe store, but not one that sells cute little miniature shoes in children's sizes...