The Cost of Raising a Child

How Much Does it Cost to Raise a Child?

I told you yesterday that I’d been asked to comment on a media story about the USDA’s prediction that it costs $245,000 to raise a child.

Your comments and thoughts on this topic were so interesting. There were lots of differing viewpoints and perspectives!

The article I was interviewed for was posted today on for those who are interested in reading it. Here’s a snippet:

Before even becoming a mom, one of the most common warnings you’ll hear from other parents is how expensive it can be to raise children. As it turns out, they’re right.

Families who had a baby in 2013 can expect to spend on average $245,340 until the child is 18, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s just-released annual report, Expenditures on Children by Families. That’s between $12,800 and $14,970 a year for a middle-income family with two parents, depending on the kids’ ages.

Angela Hawkins, 33, a mom of three in the suburbs of Houston, is living proof that the numbers don’t lie.

She shared her household budget with The Stir and estimated that she and her husband Shane will spend about $270,000 per child by the time they turn 18.

“The figures can be overwhelming,” Angela admits.

So where exactly does all that money go?

Read the full post here for the price breakdown details on how much this family is spending and some tips from other money-saving folks on how to cut costs (with one on cutting your food costs from yours truly!)

I found the figures she shared interesting and insightful. And, of course, my frugal brain came up with lots of suggestions and ideas for ways to possibly lower those costs. :)

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The best freebies from this past week


Here’s a long list of freebies that have been available recently that should still be available. Thanks to Kaley from Cha-Ching on a Shoestring for compiling these:

Free Samples:

Free Tena Kit Sample

Free Ice Elements 2-Minute Miracle Gel Sample

Free Decorative Film Glass Sample

Free Finish Dishwashing Detergent Sample

Free Lipton Tea K-Cup Sample (Still Available)

Free Downloads, Books, and Magazines:

Free eBook: Gluten Free School Lunches

Free eBook: Mexican Paleo

Free eBook: The Minimalist Budget Set

Free eBook: Journaling Basics

Free eBook: Just Desserts

Free eBook: Child Development

Free eBook: 4 Mexican Paper Crafts

Free eBook: All Natural Homemade Cleaning Recipes

Free eBook: Soap Making

Free eBook: Bath Salts

Free eBook: Cool Fuel for School

Free Possible Magazine Subscriptions: Inc., Fast Company, and Wired

Free Magazine Subscription: American Baby Magazine

Educational Freebies:

Free Apple Printable Pack for Kids Ages 2-7

Free Duplo Alphabet Mats Printable

Free Old Schoolhouse Planner

Free On the Farm Printable Pack

Free Food:

Free Birthday Burger at Ruby Tuesday

Free Birthday Makeup Minis at Sephora

Store Freebies:

Free STP Fuel Injector or Carburetor Treatment at Walmart

Free Bayer Aspirin at Dollar Tree

Free Almay Cosmetic at Walgreens

Free WestSoy Soymilk at Dollar Tree

Free Juicy Fruit Gum Bottle at Target

Free Truvia Sweetener at Walmart

Free Breathe Right Nasal Strips at Dollar Tree

Free Zim’s Max Freeze Pain Reliever at Rite Aid

Free Colgate Toothpaste at Walgreens

Free Nexxus Hair Care at Rite Aid (starting 8/24)

Free Maybelline Lip Color at Dollar Tree

Free Bic Razors at Walmart

Free Paper Mate Back to School Stationary at Rite Aid

Free Rimmel Glam Eye Shadow at Dollar Tree

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Free Entrance to National Parks on 8/25

Free 25 Recyclebank Points

Free 100 Kellogg’s Family Reward Points

Free 35 Pampers Rewards Points

Free 25 More Recyclebank Points

Free $10 Credit with Amazon Student Referral

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