You've probably heard it all before: The cost of raising a child from birth to age 18 -- in this day and age -- is somewhere around the $240,000 mark.
But that's bull$*t.
A lot more.
Sure, that list factors in Carter's onesies when they're babies, trips to McDonald's when they're in elementary school, and piano lessons when they're in middle school.
But, oh, there's So. Much. More. to consider:
What if your child is a "problem child"?
What if they're abnormally messy?
And what about the cost of those home repairs? Read: broken windows, busted lampshades, and other damage that Little Johnny is bound to create with his aluminum bat.
Finally, we've got a way to come up with a more realistic tally.
The fine folks at Cash Store have developed a Kid Calculator that we should all try out for a spin.
And as if the calculator alone isn't enough, it also gives us the option to create an invoice for our child.
It works like this:
Then move on to this:
Scotty is only three, and Kennedy is only one, but rest assured. I'm not letting any grass grow under their feet.
Scott and I will be issuing these invoices in yearly installments, you know, to give our children plenty of time to pool their allowances and establish a payment plan. (We'll accept cash or check only.)
In fact, Scotty will find his first invoice next to his Fruit Loops this morning, and Kennedy will find hers on her highchair -- right next to her YoToddler Yogurt and Fiber One.
So how much are your kids costing you?
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