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The Cost Of A Kid: $304,480

AND RISING … In case you missed it, last week we published a story on the nation’s declining birth rate and its broader implications for our economy and country.  Naturally, this story was nothing more than an excuse to show off our founding editor’s newest edition, Baby Eva. How cute…

AND RISING …

In case you missed it, last week we published a story on the nation’s declining birth rate and its broader implications for our economy and country.  Naturally, this story was nothing more than an excuse to show off our founding editor’s newest edition, Baby Eva.

How cute is she?  THIS cute, people.

For those of you keeping score at home that’s Kid No. 4 for him … and the lovely Mrs. William Folks (a.k.a. “Mrs. Sic”) has no intention of slowing down anytime soon.

One question people like to ask Sic Willie: “How can you afford so many kids?”  That’s a good question – and he doesn’t know the answer.  Also, there’s no real estimate of how much a kid costs, is there?

Actually, there is …

According to the latest data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the average middle class family in America will spend $245,340 (from age 0-18) on a child born in 2013.  That add up to $304,480 when you adjust for projected inflation rates.

Oh, and those totals don’t include expenses incurred during the nine months the kid is in the womb …

“In today’s economy, it’s important to be prepared with as much information as possible when planning for the future,” a USDA official said in releasing this information.

Translation?

Here’s your kiddie sticker shock.

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18 comments

Jackie Chiles August 20, 2014 at 12:21 pm

How the hell do you support 4 kids off this blog?

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E Norma Scok August 20, 2014 at 1:05 pm

WIC, SNAP, and gubmint cheese

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Smirks August 20, 2014 at 1:37 pm

With generous contributions from Howard Rich, Thomas Ravenel, and viewers like you!

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Hop-Sing August 20, 2014 at 12:23 pm

I have a friend who got two from China for less than $15,000. His rationale was that they are smaller and love rice so he plans to save a bundle.

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E Norma Scok August 20, 2014 at 1:04 pm

And later, if he needs a new liver or kidneys….

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Christ Almighty August 20, 2014 at 12:25 pm

The baby is be-U-tiful but that chair is worse than Nikki’s sofa coat.

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Peace be with you August 20, 2014 at 12:30 pm

This is when we Catholics begin to wrestle with the concept of cafeteria Catholicism as their children become adults and they contemplate parenthood.

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shifty henry August 20, 2014 at 10:04 pm

Having kids is like eating half a grapefruit. No matter what you try, you end up with a little squirt.

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Sandi Morals August 20, 2014 at 12:49 pm

Beautiful pic.Congrats Will!!!!

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E Norma Scok August 20, 2014 at 1:03 pm

Women say that having a child is the worst paint anyone can ever have. You know why this isn’t true? You have never seen a dude get kicked in the nads and then later say he wants to do it again.

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euwe max August 20, 2014 at 4:09 pm

women who say that should take a remedial English correspondence course.

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shifty henry August 20, 2014 at 9:54 pm

After remaining with his wife during labor and delivery, the proud new father,wanting to be as sympathetic as possible, took his wife’s hand and said emotionally, “Tell me how it was, darling, how it actually felt to give birth.”

“OK, honey, smile as hard as you can.”

Beaming down at his wife and newborn child, the father said, “That’s not so hard.”

She continued, “Now stick a finger in each corner of your mouth.”

He obeyed,with a broad smile.

She went on, “Now stretch your lips as far as they’ll go.”

“Still not too tough,” he mumbles.

“Right,” she snapped. “Now pull them over your head!”

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The Colonel August 20, 2014 at 1:32 pm

No offense Will, but either you need to clean your camera lens or that kid has some hairy ass legs.

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E Norma Scok August 20, 2014 at 1:42 pm

And he might want to think about some thumbnail cippers..

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euwe max August 20, 2014 at 4:08 pm

…and some anti-fungal for paronychia

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euwe max August 20, 2014 at 4:05 pm

hyphae of mycorrhiza fungi

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Squishy123 August 20, 2014 at 10:40 pm

So with #4, that means you better fork over $1.2 million if you want to raise them properly. Numbers like this are such bullshit.

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Clisby August 22, 2014 at 2:43 pm

First, there’s a big difference between what it costs to raise a kid and what the average middle-class family spends. The average middle-class family doesn’t need to spend nearly that much to raise a child decently. If you do the math, this is talking about approximately $16,000-$17.000 per child, per year. So if you have 3 kids, presumably that costs $51,000 per year? Stop and think what it means to be middle-class. This is complete nonsense.

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