The cost of raising a child, aka “just give up now”
I just finished eating my lunch and I am still hungry! I hate it when that happens! Maybe this is proof that I should not try to eat anything other than my usual salad? Hmmm.
For a snack this morning, I had a Fibre 1 bar. Delicious!
For lunch, I had leftover frittata and some sliced veggies.
This looks really, really unappetizing
The summer squash was too bitter, so I stuck to the cucumber and red pepper slices
This lunch taught me that I need to eat more food than just this. I need some carbs, gosh dang it! So on my lunch break, I will be heading to my local bakery and salivating over the various baked goods. I’ve had a tough morning dealing with some “special” people, so I feel like drowning my sorrows in carbs. Oh, how I know this feeling well. But I will try to choose something not too wild and unhealthy. Maybe a whole wheat bagel? That sounds pretty much like perfection at this point.
A friend linked me to this website earlier today: http://www.npr.org/blogs/money/2010/06/09/127600351/cost-to-raise-a-child-300-000
Maybe this is also why I want to drown my sorrows in carbs? 🙂
I have definitely read many studies like this before about the immense cost of raising a child. I’ve heard raising a kid can cost $500,000, or a even million dollars! Basically, these reports make one think that having a child will rob you of all expendable income and I hope you like spaghetti-os because that is all you will be eating for the next 18 years. Then these reports slap you across the face and steal your wallet!
Reports like this drive me mental. First of all, 30% of this amount is for the cost of housing. I would be living in the same house whether I have a child or not. Secondly, I live in Canada. Health care is covered. Booyeah. Thirdly, my kid is not going to have baby Nikes or wear Gap Kids outfits (even though they are incredibly cute) (Ok, well, maybe when they’re just on sale). For young children especially, I am all about the used, the cheap, or nothing at all! I was recently looking through the Sears catalogue and saw so many things that a baby just doesn’t need. Plus, what else are grandparents for anyway? Haha, just kidding, Mom and Dad.
(Or am I?)
Learning about frugality and voluntary simplicity is a great way to learn that you need about 8% of what society tells you what you need to be happy. Advertisers and the media are especially merciless when it comes to parents. What parent doesn’t want their kid to have the best stuff? The opportunities to spend money on unnecessary objects are overwhelming. It’s tough fighting back. It’s one thing to make frugal decisions for yourself, but for your child? Yikes!
My hope is that I’m able to raise little Beansy inexpensively and intelligently. I’m sure there will be moments when I’m spending $48 on a plastic toy monster, but I hope there will be many more moments when we are just chilling in the park, sitting under a lilac tree, reading a library book together.