I can tell you feeing a 13yr old boy who towers over both mum and dad is not like feeding a toddler.
No matter where we go he is now at adult prices (one of my pet hates)
He wears size mens 11 shoes and they don't come cheap anywhere. Uniforms OMG his high school uniforms cost me $500 that is just the shirts and shorts.
Yep they do get hugely more expensive as they grow.
DH was super-sporty as a teen and when his mum talks about how much he used to eat I break into a cold sweat.
I'm talking like 10 weetbix and 2L of milk for breakfast (after early morning cross country training)
At school he would take HALF A LOAF OF BREAD made into sandwiches, as well as fruit, biscuits, muffins etc
After school he would finish the rest of 'his' loaf of bread in sandwiches (before hockey/cricket/footie training depending on season)
Then come home and be starving for dinner.
His nephew at 15 is shaping up to be the same.
I've told him if this baby we're expecting is a boy he better go get a second job and start saving for groceries now.
I think boys in particular can also be very hard on clothes - his mum said everything lasted him about 3 months before it was outgrown, worn out or torn.
Sorry but I have to agree with everyone...............kids get more expensive as they get older for all the reasons mentioned.
I cant help but giggle when his dad complains about spending $200 on food for the 4 days he has him every 3 weeks...he just doesnt get how much it costs to just feed this 8yr old let alone alllll the other crap they need.
Oh I don't like this thread at all. I thought I was going to be in a better financial position when my 3 year old started prep. Guess I was wrong!
Wow, I have to say, it's not the case for me really. Full time day care cost a fortune compared to oosh care. My 10 year old is definitely more expensive to feed, but clothing isn't a huge cost, public school is cheap as chips and her activities aren't pricey at all.
Daycare was costing me a couple of hundred per week. And when DD went there was no 50% rebate, either.
minimal clothes etc
Child care - $365 pw child care minus $7500 p.a. rebate = $220.77 per week
Lunch costs - $0 due to child care provided
Dinners/breakfasts - approx $50? pw
Clothes included hand-me-downs for child care (no uniform)
Swimming - $10 per week
Haircuts - $25 every month or so
Before AND after school care = $90 per week after rebate
12 weeks holiday care throughout the year = $2,700 p.a.
School uniforms - $36 for ONE tshirt, $40 for pants, $10 hat - up to several times per year, not including the MORE expensive Winter uniform.
Lunch foods only - approx $50 for fresh fruit, fresh veg, healthy breads, homemade snacks
Dinners/breakfasts probably another $40 on top of lunches/snacks.
$206 p.a. school fees (and I am very lucky this includes books and stationery)
Throughout the year - several 'gold coin donations', excursions, swimming lessons for which we have to pay (school has a pool)
More games/toys/parties for which we provide present.
More after school activities.
I have left a lot out.
There's no doubt that child care is a killer. I really think my DS costs more now, although it is a relief that I'm not transferring over more than $700 per fortnight in one go just for care. As mine gets older he eats more, needs more, wants more. I'm really scared for when he is a teen lol.
I think it really comes down to each families individual lifestyle and wants/needs... For some people it will be cheaper or the same and for others itll be alot more expensive
My older children (11, 8 and 6) cost me much, much more than my 4 and 7 month old children!
I'm not going to list what the expenses are because everyone else already has, but the misconception that public school is cheap really bugs me. My 3 older kids go to a public primary school and to return this year it cost me:
$780 ($260 per child)
$500 (will need to be topped up through the year)
DD1 has an overnight camp this week that costs $100, then she has a week long camp later in the year which will cost approx $500, DS1 will have a 2 night camp which will cost approx $250.
That's not including excursions (up to $50 each one), incursions, special lunches, school production costs etc.
That's just school. Add in everything else everyone has listed and older children definitely cost more!
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