Study: Cost Of Raising Kid In U.S. Now $240,000

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The Department of Agriculture calculated that the cost of raising a child born in 2012 until his or her 18th birthday, including food, shelter, daycare, and other expenses, will total $241,080 for the average middle-class American family. What do you think?

“But just ask any parent if it was worth it, and I’m sure they’ll tell you ‘maybe.’”

Buddy Wohl • Log Sorter

“That’s why I’m opting for one of those discount kids. You remember them from school: badly dressed, funny smell, no money for lunch.”

Albert Whilden • Hydroponics Grower


“Thank God my womb is barren.”

Barbara Holmberg • Trimming Finisher