August 16, 2013
Our annual household income is roughly what this report indicates the cost would be to raise one child for a year in the U.S. And we have two children.
Living mortgage free is like living on a different planet compared to those who have a bank’s boot on their necks.
From day care to the monthly grocery bill, the cost of raising a child is climbing at a rate that many families can’t keep up with.
It will cost an estimated $241,080 for a middle-income couple to raise a child born last year for 18 years, according to a U.S. Department of Agriculture report released Wednesday. That’s up almost 3% from 2011 and doesn’t even include the cost of college.
At the same time, wages aren’t keeping up. The country’s median annual household income has fallen by more than $4,000 since 2000, after adjusting for inflation, and many of the jobs lost during the recent recession have been replaced with lower-wage positions.
The USDA’s latest estimates include expenses for housing, food, transportation, clothing, health care, education and child care, as well as miscellaneous expenses, such as toys and computers.
This article was posted: Friday, August 16, 2013 at 4:12 am