While the costs associated with raising a first child will represent approximately 20% of the family budget, they diminish with each additional child.
That is the estimate of the National Council of Welfare, which in
2004 published a study on the costs of raising a child. The figure is
based on a calculation of approximately $10,000 per year, over 18
Obviously, annual expenditures vary by age, with initial costs for
things like diapers, clothing and baby food exacting a heavy toll on
the family budget.
In the years that follow, expenses dip slightly before rebounding
again through adolescence. In total, it is estimated that a first
child will account for approximately 20% of the family budget.
Fortunately, a second child doesn’t subtract an additional 20% from
the family budget, since most of the big ticket items have already
been purchased for the first child. That being said, a family
welcoming a third child faces a whole new set of potential expenses,
including consideration of a roomier vehicle or a larger house.
Studies conducted in Montreal by the National Council of Welfare demonstrate that expenses will vary greatly from family to family. Families who fare best are those who rely on a network of family and friends, or who purchase used goods to offset the costs of necessary items.
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