So happy to be spending time and not money on Cassia!
Well, apparently it costs
Can you BELIEVE that!
I almost choked on my morning coffee reading that bit of information!
This figure was recently released by the US government's Department of Agriculture who has been tracking the cost since 1960. I found the article on facebook posted by Today's Parent. Here is the full article entitled Parenting Isn't Cheap!
After reading the figure it took me a minute to get my bearings. But as soon as I did I rummaged around in our junk drawer for the calculator.
$234,900 until the age of 17 (actually according to the article - for us living on less then $59,000 per year it would be $4,000 less) so.....
$230,900 ÷ 17 = $13,582.35
$13,582.35 per year!
$13,582.35 ÷ 12 = $1,131.86
$1,131.86 per month!
Can you BELIEVE that! I don't.
I doubt we've even spent that much on Cassia in 3 years let alone one month. Let's see - according to this figure we should have already spent $40,747.05!!!!!! Ok, ok, I know that everyone would probably agree that the figure is less when younger but gets larger as they grow - as in the teen years would be the most expensive. Or would it.....
Although the $234,900 had me all flustered I was about to turn from flustered to angry! Yes, ANGRY!
I scrolled down to see the comments and look what I found!
What! The figure is TOO LOW!
ARE YOU KIDDING ME!
Here are a few:
"I say this number is lower than reality especially if both parents work. Childcare alone is costing nearly $12,000 per year for us, so that's nearly $48,000 before she even turns 5 and starts school."
or how about this one
"I too have to disagree with this number. I am going to assume that they are calculating just the 'basics'. I would like to see the breakdown of this number."
"For me, I think this number is too low. I have been spending well over $12,000 a year on childcare for my daughter alone."
I was stupid enough to then add my 2¢ to the discussion about living simply and frugally only to then become the object of nasty comments. I should have known better.
After all I had just a few days early read We are killing our kids on BlogHer. A very good article with many valid points about the inherent problems with daycare. I was SHOCKED to see all of the RUDE comments by women.
Writing ANYTHING negative about daycare sure seems to bring out the worst in
I too disagree with daycare (in most - but not all - cases) and I'm sad for the children that are placed in them. I'm sad that parents think that their children are better off with money or with what the money will buy them rather than with them.
I was most saddened by this comment on facebook with the others above:
"@ Breanna, I don't know where you live, but here in Greater Vancouver, childcare is no that inexpensive. I pay just under $1,000 per month, and I know of many friends who pay well over $1,000 per month. Of course, my daughter won't go to daycare all her life, but we'll need after school care, and day camps during the summer breaks and from what I see, these are expensive too."
I posted this saying on facebook - seems a lot of parents SHOULD read - and practice - it!
I realize that our lifestyle isn't for everyone - we live VERY simply in many ways. But boy, thank goodness WE are raising our child and spending as much time with her as we can - especially in her early years.
While reading the daycare comments I looked over at Cassia and wondered exactly HOW are mom's able to drop their young children off and leave for the day? And how about being a stay at home mom for just the early years? - how about that. Maybe live a little more simple for just a time. They grow up oh so fast - how about working after they go to school?
Back to our figure of $230,900
If Derek and I spend, say about $2,000 by the age of 5, which is VERY realistic, that means theoretically - based on the article - we would have $1,589.58 per month to spend until she is 17. (And those are USA figures, I shuddered to think what that $234,900 would be in Canada.)
I don't think so! But I'll keep track and get back to you in 14 years!
What do you think about the figure of $234,900 to raise a child to 17?
Today's Interesting Link: Yaaaaa - I found another simple and frugal gal - Lori from the blog Country Girl's Life. I found her article Ways to be Frugal and Live Simply on another blog and headed right over to read it. I realized we put all her suggestions into practice. A kindred spirit. You can also find Lori on facebook.