INFOGRAPHIC TUESDAY: "Cost of Child" explains why "we can't have nice things".

Well, here it is folks; depressing truths in bright, happy colors.

Don't get me wrong. I LOVE my kid. Raising her is the most challenging, most rewarding thing my husband and I have ever done. But as we shake our heads wondering where all of our money is going, this pretty much sums it up.

I really don't care though. Love and family is about sacrifices. And with this "Cost of Child" infographic staring at you in the face, it's no wonder families all around this country are cutting back so they can still do right by their children. I do wonder if the food costs are based on processed, manufactured food or making things fresh and local? Would that amount go up even higher of you try and cook quality meals for your kids?

So I guess I will still be shopping thrift stores and brown bagging it to work. The good news, according to this, more sex seems to be in my future once monkey girls leaves the nest! WOOT WOOT! Light at the end of the tunnel, I guess!

What have you done to cut back so you can still provided a full life for your children? If you don't have kids, does this make you rethink having them? It's an expensive endeavor, though fulfilling. Please share!

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