my o so thoughtful wife sent me this tidbit:
According to government estimates, the average middle-income family will spend roughly $10,000 on child-related expenses in the first two years of life ($8000 for a second child), and some experts suggest that figure may be too low. You can count on spending at a minimum of $25 a week ($1250 per year) on diapers, formula, and baby food alone.while that didn't sound too terribly bad (read: life changing), it sounds way too low to me. what about college savings? what about moving into family cars instead of the old roadster? what about the cost of delivery (or more accurately, the cost of insurance and co-pays and deductibles)? a nanny? birthday parties?
and that doesn't even take any consideration of the costs leading up to birth . . . i think i need a drink or another job.