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While building a PC from scratch from parts you've bargain hunted is the best way to go, it's not always the most practical. Perhaps it's for a friend who isn't the most tech-savvy, or you just can't be arsed doing all the legwork, just to save a few bucks. In these situations, going pre-built isn't the end of the world, especially when you find deals like this one from Dell.

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When my husband and I had our first child several years ago, we felt financially prepared. We had to dip into our savings for fertility treatments and related medical expenses, but I was steadily freelancing as a writer and editor to supplement the loss. Our bank account was in solid shape when our baby boy was born. We were a little family of three.

A few days after our son's first birthday I took a pregnancy test, assuming it would be negative. It wasn't. It was a wonderful surprise, but this time our balance sheet wasn't looking so good. We were in the middle of home renovations, and our savings had taken a dive due to unforeseen renovation extras. Here are five lessons I learned to help cut down on the costs of bring a parent.