Sticker Shock?

All this talk of $$$$ and the fact my beans think it grows on trees made think of an old post I did on wordpress below is an excerpt.

I would like to note-I am NOT even sure we would be considered middle class LOL and I am doubting that figure includes braces or any sports/activities beans may be involved in(it's prolly all diapers N shit) and I don't even care they tried to break it down to "a dollar an hour" maybe I need to remind the Gov'ment that I work for hugs and kisses not $$$

The government recently calculated the cost of raising a child from birth to 18 and came up with $160,140 for a middle income family. Talk about sticker shock! That doesn’t even touch college tuition…………..For those with kids, that figure leads to wild fantasies about all the money we could have banked if not for (insert your child’s name here).

For others, that number might confirm the decision to remain childless. But $160,140 isn’t so bad if you break it down. It translates into $8,896.66 a year, $741.38 a month, or $171.08 a week. That’s a mere $24.44 a day! Just over a dollar an hour. Still, you might think the best financial advice says don’t have children if you want to be “rich.”

It is just the opposite.

What do your get for your $160,140?

Naming rights. First, middle, and last!

Glimpses of God every day.

More love than your heart can hold.

Butterfly kisses and Velcro hugs.

Endless wonder over rocks, ants, clouds, and warm cookies.

Someone to laugh yourself silly with no matter what the boss said or how your stocks performed that day.

You get to finger-paint, play hide-and-seek, catch lightning bugs, and fly kites.

You have an excuse to keep reading the Adventures of Piglet and Pooh, watching Saturday morning cartoons, and going to Disney movies.

You get to frame rainbows, hearts, and flowers under refrigerator magnets and collect spray painted noodle wreaths for Christmas, hand prints set in clay for Mother’s Day, and cards with backward letters for Father’s Day

For $160,140, there is no greater bang for your buck.

You get a front row seat to history to witness the first step, first word, first bra, first date, and first time behind the wheel.

You get to be immortal. You get another branch added to your family tree, and if you’re lucky, a long list of limbs in your obituary called grandchildren.

You get education in psychology, nursing, criminal justice, communications, and human sexuality that no college can match.

In the eyes of a child, you rank right up there with God. You have all the power to heal a boo-boo, scare away the monsters under the bed, patch a broken heart, police a slumber party, ground them forever, and love them without limits, so one day they will, like you, love without counting the cost.

My confession for today: Who says I am NOT keepin track?


  1. This is a GREAT post!
    Who knew...
    I think the return on our investment is pretty high.

  2. I'm hoping when I have a kid they end up being an NBA/NFL player so they'll just pay me back. hehe Considering I'm barely over 5 feet I doubt that will happen...

  3. Oh, good post! I too have told my little terrorist that because I have spent all my retirement money on diapers, butt wipes and transformer toys, he will, I repeat, will pay me back in monthly installments.
    Off topic, I know I'm a blogging slacker and don't visit "peeps" as you call them, as often as I should, but does this blog look totally different from the way it used to look, or is it just me? Well anyway, I like it. For some reason, I keep expecting those buttons at the top to move! Oh, and I should invite you, (because I'll probably forget later) I have actually broken down and have paid someone to revamp my little blog. When that happens, probably next week, I'm having a Blogging Re-Grand Opening. It'll be fun.

  4. yes I am thinkin I my hafta start 'hookin' to be able to afford them till they are 18-I know thats what Deb & Jill did maybe they will let me borrow their old clothes...

    Kate cant wait to see the face-lift-your blog doesnt like me the page wont load or I get a popup that says error blah blah blah andyes this blog does look different lol I got the cheap face lift...yanno the free one

  5. Aww that's a sweet post.

  6. you made me cry :(

    i miss all of that which i no longer have.


    but yes, you may borrow whatever trickin clothes i got left - i donated most of it to tramps are us, but i'll see what's left.

  7. Great post! I LOVE how you turned it around!! Showed all the benifits of kids, money isnt everything!

  8. Wonderful wonderful post.

    And I have plenty of trashy clothing for you. But ya can't have my stick-on nipple tassles. I still wear them daily...

  9. Hey girlie!
    Those nachos were ridiculous...I can't believe how fast they disappeared..
    Yes he used ground hamburger seasoned with taco seasoning and refried beans..green onions, tomatoes, sour cream, and Tostidos cheese dip and shredded cheddar...so yummy..

  10. Friskie!!?? You and Kelly trading recipes? How come I didn't know about this? I should be included in all things food - got it?!

  11. that was sweet! I'm gonna be nice to my kids now. (kidding)

  12. Money well spent. Now get on the corner!

  13. So tell me what was on that girl's link thing! I was obedient and didn't go on it. I was scared. So i will just live vicariously thru you and your apparently now demented mind. fess up!

  14. HEY!!! It let me comment!!! I don't know WHY I have a problem with it?? I LOVED this post!!!! I loved all your twists on it...you are VERY creative! NO WAY could I have come up with all those things! PRICELESS I SAY..PRICELESS :)

  15. Oh, so sweet. Brought tears to my eyes! Well done.

  16. my hubby says we can't afford another kid..i'm showing him this!!