Prince William and wife Catherine are expecting a second child. They don't have to worry about paying for it, but we want your advice anyway.

God save the queen — she’s about to get another great-grandchild.

Will and Kate, the duke and duchess of Cambridge, announced yesterday that they were expecting. A “royal source” told CNN that the future dukeling was not yet 12 weeks along.

While British royal babies are born with silver spoons in their mouths — this one will be fourth in line to the throne — not every bundle of joy comes into the world assured such privilege. To the average Joe or Joanne, they can be little bundles of debt, instead. The average cost to raise a child to age 18 is $245,000.

This one’s for the parents

If you have a kid or more than one, we want to know: What money-saving lessons did you learn the hard way? The best advice will win a $50 Amazon gift card. Submissions close Sunday, Sept. 14 at 11:59 p.m. 

Last week’s winner

We asked for your craziest NFL fan gear last week, and Amanda N. didn’t disappoint:

Indianapolis colts champagne and lingerie! It was for a party my girlfriends and I were throwing. Aside from it all being Colts themed, those were the two craziest things we found & purchased!

Congrats, Amanda. We’ll be in touch with your prize soon!

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