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Just wanted to share this with all Mom's

The government recently calculated the cost of raising a child from birth to 18 and came up with $160,140.00 for a middle income family. Talk about price shock! That doesn't even touch college tuition.
But $160,140.00 isn't so bad if you break it down. It translates into:

* $8,896.66 a year,
* $741.38 a month, or
* $171.08 a week.
* That's a mere $24.24 a day!
* Just over a dollar an hour.

Still, you might think the best financial advice is don't have children if you want to be 'rich.' Actually, it is just the opposite.

What do you get for your $160,140.00?

* Naming rights. First, middle, and last!
* Glimpses of God every day.
* Giggles under the covers every night.
* More love than your heart can hold.
* Butterfly kisses and Velcro hugs.
* Endless wonder over rocks, ants, clouds, and warm cookies.

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Asked by donnabuzybee at 9:50 AM on Jan. 9, 2009 in Just for Fun

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  • awww i the richest person around i have two kids that i love more then anything in this world and who love me just as cant buy love l

    Answer by connorsmom22607 at 9:52 AM on Jan. 9, 2009

  • This is so strange that you posted this today! My husband and I were just talking about this last night! We were talking about how expensive it is to raise a child...But then at the same time we looked at eachother (and I was holding my son who happened to be sleeping in my arms) and said at the EXACT same "Money doesn't even matter..." That money is so worth all the love. Any mother and father would say that!

    Answer by CarieP at 9:56 AM on Jan. 9, 2009

  • They can't be taking into account how much daycare is....

    Answer by HayleyGM at 10:00 AM on Jan. 9, 2009

  • Aww, that's incredibly depressing but uplifting at the same time =]

    Answer by caitxrawks at 10:05 AM on Jan. 9, 2009

  • wow I don't spend nearly that much . . . Im extremely frugal though, and not very average lol

    Answer by epoh at 10:58 AM on Jan. 9, 2009

  • kids must be starving by comparison to that budget! lol

    Answer by kabbot01 at 11:11 AM on Jan. 9, 2009

  • i have the complete email so if you want to read it all, email me It apparently didn't allow me to paste it all.  It is good, not nasty or obscene so I have no clue.




    Answer by donnabuzybee at 11:44 AM on Jan. 9, 2009

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