How Much Does it Cost to Raise a Child? (Infographic)

Piggy Bank MoneyEver wonder how much it costs to raise a child in the United States these days? We all know it is expensive, but I’ll bet you didn’t realize it was THIS expensive?

The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently created this infographic that tallies up how much it costs a family to raise a child from birth to age 18. It also breaks down where the money goes and points out some geographical spending differences.

OK, maybe this isn’t really a marketing piece, but hey, I found it interesting and surprising so I thought I’d share. My son is about to turn two and I am the grocery shopper in the family, so I understand completely how fast it all adds up. My only advice is to enjoy the infographic and start couponing!

Warning: New and expecting parents must be seated before viewing the following infographic!

child cost infographic

Piggybank Image Credit: 401(K) 2012 via flickr

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