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Info Graphic: The REALLY Hidden Costs of Raising Kids

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Momlogic's Momstrosity: A new report on raising children tells us parents what we already know: Children = money pits. The most recent calculations estimate that we'll have to pay $475,680 ($26K a year) to raise one kidlet to his or her 18th birthday. (That is, if they even leave home!) That staggering amount includes essentials like housing, healthcare and clothing, but it doesn't include college. It also doesn't consider the hidden costs -- and there are plenty:

Babies equal Money

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friend June 11, 2010, 4:19 PM

you’d think that you’d have to be a middle class who has enough income to cover these expenses in order to consider having a child, but considering the laws and regulations of California, at least, that isn’t true. so… in conclusion, it renders this calculation moot. lol…

Debs June 12, 2010, 10:32 AM

The cost of healthcare, including X-Rays, isn’t a problem in most civilised countries, so that takes a huge amount off that sum.

No child should have access to a mobile phone that they’re not willing to pay for. If they want it so much then they should get a job and earn the money themselves. If they’re too young for that, then they should use their pocket money to pay for it.

Rechargable batteries are the sorts of batteries that people should use. If a particular toy can’t use them then don’t buy it - send the toy industry a message.

Tattoo removal should also be paid for by the children themselves. If they don’t like it, then it can stay there as a punishment until they have the money to pay for its removal. If they do like it then there’s no problem.

Hamsters are not essential.

Tummy tucks are a selfish indulgence that sends a surgeon home with a big smile on his face.

I don’t even know what the school one means.

So, now that I’ve just saved you all that money, perhaps you could donate it to Children in Need. I’m sure many parents throughout the world would be grateful for an opportunity to wake up in the morning with a worry bigger than whether or not they will be able to feed their children that day.

Anonymous June 12, 2010, 12:35 PM

lighten up Debs

Christina June 12, 2010, 12:53 PM

I’m thinking Deb did not get the joke. As for me, ROTFLMAO!

Generico June 14, 2010, 2:16 PM

I’m with Debs. This wasn’t funny at all.

Anonymous June 14, 2010, 2:29 PM

Add dogs and cats vet bills. LOL.

Ten Tees January 8, 2011, 8:09 PM

Interesting article. Nice to read. I just have one opinion to offer about t-shirts.

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