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(Des Moines Register)   Raising a child costs parents an average of $241,080, claims a new USDA report   (desmoinesregister.com) divider line 190
    More: Scary, child costs, U.S. Department of Agriculture  
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2013-08-14 08:00:24 PM  
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It ain't easy
 
2013-08-14 08:11:21 PM  
This number seems low.  Pre-k for 2 kids ran me $30k a year.
 
2013-08-14 08:27:32 PM  

clancifer: This number seems low.  Pre-k for 2 kids ran me $30k a year.


Yeah, the daycare in my office building costs up to $2000 per kid per month.
 
2013-08-14 08:27:58 PM  
good thing i have killed all eight of my children before they could see the light of day.
 
2013-08-14 08:41:36 PM  
I guess that $10 co-pay for a vasectomy had one hell of an ROI for me.
 
2013-08-14 09:00:52 PM  
Worse, if you consider that kids these days aren't moving out of the house until their mid-30s.
 
2013-08-14 09:04:06 PM  
$36.69 a day?  I'm calling bullshiat.  A teenage boy eats 5X that by lunch
 
2013-08-14 09:04:14 PM  
Damn, so my asking price is to high? What's the going rate in the open market?
 
2013-08-14 09:05:56 PM  
media.npr.org
 
hej
2013-08-14 09:05:58 PM  
Per year, or what?
 
2013-08-14 09:06:02 PM  
Yeah, that seems low. Unless you're the kind of parent that counts the seconds until their spawn's 18th birthday when you can kick them out in which case why breed in the first place?
 
2013-08-14 09:07:18 PM  
For the record, that could buy you FOUR of these with change left over for gas:

www.contestheat.com
 
2013-08-14 09:07:48 PM  
The annual child-rearing costs for a middle-income family range from $12,600 to $14,700, depending on the age of the child.

/waits for cash-strapped state revenue departments to begin taxing childless couples based on these savings...
 
2013-08-14 09:07:54 PM  
forgot to factor in whiskey costs when dealing with a teething child. adds at least $5000 to the first year and a half
 
2013-08-14 09:08:30 PM  

xcrib: forgot to factor in whiskey costs when dealing with a teething child. adds at least $5000 to the first year and a half


Costs towards the child, not all related costs.
 
2013-08-14 09:08:44 PM  
Yes. My wife and I express the cost of children in "numbers of giant flatscreen TVs a month we could otherwise have bought"
 
2013-08-14 09:09:05 PM  

God Is My Co-Pirate: clancifer: This number seems low.  Pre-k for 2 kids ran me $30k a year.

Yeah, the daycare in my office building costs up to $2000 per kid per month.


shiat, dude, the expensive places around here are like $1,000 a month.
 
2013-08-14 09:09:07 PM  
Drinking while pregnant can lower the cost of college.
 
2013-08-14 09:09:47 PM  
Your kids are ugly and dumb.
 
2013-08-14 09:10:02 PM  
Total US domestic Social Spending is greater than $2,000,000,000,000

Divide that by the number of births in the US in a year and you get about $500,000 spent on social engineering per child born.

The Welfare state.......spending twice as much money per child as it takes to raise them and wasting nearly every dollar.
 
2013-08-14 09:10:41 PM  

Twitch Boy: For the record, that could buy you FOUR of these with change left over for gas:

[www.contestheat.com image 850x481]


Or you could buy a house. Furnished. With a stocked fridge and bar. And a reasonable car. And have a life. And....
 
2013-08-14 09:10:55 PM  
As others have said, seems way low to me. Of course, this is the average, so it's probably dragged down quite a bit by (a huge number of) people who can barely afford to provide the essentials. :/ Once you factor in daycare, any extracurriculars, college if you're inclined to help 'em out with that... the cost skyrockets.

/dnrtfa
 
2013-08-14 09:11:11 PM  
Then why do poor people have the most?
 
2013-08-14 09:11:16 PM  
i.imgur.com
 
2013-08-14 09:11:28 PM  

archichris: Total US domestic Social Spending is greater than $2,000,000,000,000

Divide that by the number of births in the US in a year and you get about $500,000 spent on social engineering per child born.

The Welfare state.......spending twice as much money per child as it takes to raise them and wasting nearly every dollar.


I hope you wiped that off before you posted it.
 
2013-08-14 09:12:25 PM  

Twitch Boy: For the record, that could buy you FOUR of these with change left over for gas:

[www.contestheat.com image 850x481]


Yes, but why the hell would you want one?
 
2013-08-14 09:12:56 PM  

Just another Heartland Weirdass: Then why do poor people have the most?



This should clear things up
 
2013-08-14 09:13:16 PM  
I'm counting on it to cost at least double that.
 
2013-08-14 09:13:22 PM  

clancifer: This number seems low.  Pre-k for 2 kids ran me $30k a year.


FTA: The annual child-rearing costs for a middle-income family range from $12,600 to $14,700, depending on the age of the child.

Seems about right unless you were saying it was 30k per kid.


How are they figuring education expenditures for public school?  That should be a wash as it would cost the same if they had zero kids.
 
2013-08-14 09:13:33 PM  
it's probably much higher, if they really compute the "average". think about all the parents who didn't spend a dime on raising their "trayvon's" and their "john waynes" (and of course, those are the parents who have half a dozen kids...) and you'll probably find the real average to be much higher...
 
2013-08-14 09:13:36 PM  

Just another Heartland Weirdass: Then why do poor people have the most?


Because that chart doesn't say how much of that was paid for by taxpayers instead of the parents.
 
2013-08-14 09:13:38 PM  
And this is why my wife and I are happy to just have our cats.
 
2013-08-14 09:13:48 PM  

archichris: Total US domestic Social Spending is greater than $2,000,000,000,000

Divide that by the number of births in the US in a year and you get about $500,000 spent on social engineering per child born.

The Welfare state.......spending twice as much money per child as it takes to raise them and wasting nearly every dollar.


I guess old and disabled people don't count.
 
2013-08-14 09:13:59 PM  
Maybe I dont know what falls under which branch of govt, but why are the people that certify my beef and other farm products doing this study?
 
2013-08-14 09:14:26 PM  

Just another Heartland Weirdass: Then why do poor people have the most?


because I like to fark. duh.
 
2013-08-14 09:14:28 PM  

Phoenix87ta: Twitch Boy: For the record, that could buy you FOUR of these with change left over for gas:

[www.contestheat.com image 850x481]

Yes, but why the hell would you want one?


It goes well with his mullet.
 
2013-08-14 09:14:33 PM  

Phoenix87ta: Twitch Boy: For the record, that could buy you FOUR of these with change left over for gas:

[www.contestheat.com image 850x481]

Yes, but why the hell would you want one?


A kid?  Beats me
 
2013-08-14 09:14:44 PM  

archichris: Total US domestic Social Spending is greater than $2,000,000,000,000

Divide that by the number of births in the US in a year and you get about $500,000 spent on social engineering per child born.

The Welfare state.......spending twice as much money per child as it takes to raise them and wasting nearly every dollar.


Or another way to look at it, U.S. Ranks Dead Last In Overall Social Spending.
 
2013-08-14 09:14:44 PM  

Twitch Boy: For the record, that could buy you FOUR of these with change left over for gas:

[www.contestheat.com image 850x481]


Or I could buy something useful that I actually want!
 
2013-08-14 09:15:06 PM  
Honest question -

How are the housing costs calculated?  Would a mortgage payment be divided by people in the family (so... for a one-child couple and $900/mo mortgage, the kid's cost is $300)?  Or.. what?
 
2013-08-14 09:15:31 PM  

WillofJ2: Maybe I dont know what falls under which branch of govt, but why are the people that certify my beef and other farm products doing this study?


Wait until you see the chart comparing this with the cost of producing Soylent Green.

/aisle seat, please
 
2013-08-14 09:16:13 PM  

bbfreak: [media.npr.org image 850x1100]



That seems really low. What is that, like 15k a year? And I wouldn't even have any "housing cost" since I already have two spare bedrooms.
 
2013-08-14 09:16:29 PM  
All those crazy up sides to overpopulating the planet.
 
2013-08-14 09:16:29 PM  

debug: How are they figuring education expenditures for public school? That should be a wash as it would cost the same if they had zero kids.


Books, supplies, field trips, extra curriculars, uniforms off the top of my head.

Of course not all schools charge for all, but for many they add up to a lot money or a lot of time fundraising.
 
2013-08-14 09:16:55 PM  
WillofJ2: Maybe I dont know what falls under which branch of govt, but why are the people that certify my beef and other farm products doing this study?

Nutrition falls under them as well, so they're concerned about what kids are eating (and hence, know how much it costs to feed a child).
 
2013-08-14 09:18:10 PM  

12349876: I guess old and disabled people don't count.


Um, they do, but why count them twice, as you wish to do? According to "archichris'" accounting, they were counted in the year they were born.
 
2013-08-14 09:18:11 PM  

lordargent: WillofJ2: Maybe I dont know what falls under which branch of govt, but why are the people that certify my beef and other farm products doing this study?

Nutrition falls under them as well, so they're concerned about what kids are eating (and hence, know how much it costs to feed a child).


ah
 
2013-08-14 09:19:07 PM  
I've saved zillions while showering and didn't even know it!
 
2013-08-14 09:19:27 PM  

Meranath: Honest question -

How are the housing costs calculated?  Would a mortgage payment be divided by people in the family (so... for a one-child couple and $900/mo mortgage, the kid's cost is $300)?  Or.. what?


That's what I was wondering.  I was under the impression that children usually lived in a house that the parents already lived in anyway.
 
2013-08-14 09:20:24 PM  

Meranath: Honest question -

How are the housing costs calculated?  Would a mortgage payment be divided by people in the family (so... for a one-child couple and $900/mo mortgage, the kid's cost is $300)?  Or.. what?


Not sure either.  Another formula I could see working is the difference between 3BR and 2 BR in the neighborhood but of course any formula would get tricky quick if you try to factor in people who live in certain areas for the schools and would be somewhere else (probably cheaper) without kids.
 
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