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New Report on How Much It Costs to Raise a Child

Think You Know How Much It Costs to Raise Baby?

Everybody knows raising baby ain't cheap. Before a woman is even sure she's pregnant, she's shelling out $20 for a pregnancy test...unless she got it from the dollar store! Count the prenatal vitamins and maternity clothes and the fetus is already ringing up a bill. A new report out claims the new cost of raising baby totals $221,190 — adjusted to $291,570 for inflation. Take the quiz to seed if you can guess how they came up with the grand total.

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Roarman Roarman 6 years
Exactly running, that's why I chose childcare for number 1.
runningesq runningesq 6 years
And the housing number is misleading -- you would pay for housing whether or not you had children (although I understand that children may require a bigger house/ better school district/ etc.)
kia kia 6 years
yeah we spend a lot less on food now because we eat cheap (in quality) food - michael pollan has said this numerous times
MissSushi MissSushi 6 years
Not everyone blows 20 bucks on pregnancy tests... I buy the store brand for around 4 bucks. Its exciting the first time, but after that you're really just looking for results.
Chouette4u Chouette4u 6 years
It's the cost for 17 years, not one year.
Akpril Akpril 6 years
In the 50s-60s the government was trying to lower the cost of food, thus the fast food/cheap food era we have now. While our food has become much cheaper our health care budgets have sky rocketed compared to what they were then. But who spends $32,000 a year on food?! That's $615 a week!
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