“MONEY, MONEY, MONEY, all the time…” Hmmmmm, this is the topic that Jen threw at me for Spin this week. Where oh, where do I start? My parents used to say we kids nickled and dimed them to death. I wish I could say the same about my kids. I can’t even say that they dollar me to death. I could probably call what they do “twentying”. However, you can’t even buy a tank of gas on a twenty anymore. And nothing is getting any less expensive.
For fun, I visited http://www.babycenter.com/cost-of-raising-child-calculator to estimate the cost of raising a child. NO.WE.ARE.NOT.HAVING.A.BABY!!!!!!!!! According to this if I were (again Heaven forbid!) to have a baby born in 2010 where I live, the estimated cost to raise this child from birth to age 22, including college at a public school is $251,236. Had I messed around with something like this before having kids, it probably would have scared me so badly I might not have had them thus missing the joys of giving them every thing I own! Actually, that figure seems a bit low when you consider health insurance. I calculated health and dental insurance at my current rate for one child for twenty-two years and came up with $54,000. And that doesn’t include medical co-pays for doctor visits or surgeries or medications.
Fortunately, my children are grown, but they are still in college. Have any of you bought a college book recently? Most are around a $100, but some subjects are even more than $200, and then, it is seldom that one book is needed per class. Of course, it all depends on the classes they are taking, but I do recall one semester (semester not year!) we paid $3000 between the two of them for books! And do you know the scam with these books? They now update them every Fall to a new edition, depending on what semester you take the class, chances are that you can’t resell the book.
I’m not even going to depress myself in figuring out how much it costs each month for us to just live. And you REALLY don’t want to know what I spend at the grocery store each week. It would knock your socks off. Of course, there is a tremendous difference between the cost of basic necessities and the “luxuries”. And yes, we all consider different things priorities in our lives.
Every thing we do in life carries a price tag, whether it’s the clothes we wear, the car we drive, or the home we live in. And each one has it’s own worldly cost of maintenance. Most of those things, we take for granted like flipping on a light switch or turning on the water faucet.
The bottom line is that most of these things provide us comfort, and these people make our lives complete. Even though we can’t depend on them to make us happy, they do complete our happy package. Bottom line is that life and happiness are ultimately priceless. I hate to be a bummer, but it’s even expensive to die, so we may as well chuck it out one twenty (or fifty or hundred!) at a time.