Drive-By Thoughts: Money

According to BabyCenter.com, for the cost of about $200,000 over 18 years, I can afford just one baby (without mooching off the government and taking funds away from people with actual need.) $200,000, and that’s in 2010 value (not accounting for future inflation) and at 2010 average costs of child-rearing. And that’s not even including college tuition. $200,000! 200k just to afford one baby.

OR I can use that money to do things that I will actually enjoy and thereby have a nicer life than I would otherwise. Additionally, I could use that money to help other people in need do the same for themselves. Yeah, instead of losing money and making my life and the world worse, I can keep my money and make my life and the world better.

Why don’t I want to have kids? Because I can do math. Pretty simple decision, really.

Incidentally, I feel much better about the amount of money I spend taking the boyfriend out to dinner every now and then, considering how much we’re saving by being childfree.

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Posted on 2012/04/06, in childfree, Drive-By Thoughts, Feminism, Green, Humor, Prochoice and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. I think it absolutely sucks we have to justify our childfree lifestyle to people! We have a choice! If we don’t want kids for ANY reason, it’s should be good enough for everyone else. Resentful parents just want to make everyone else feel just bad & uncomfortable as they do because they didn’t figure it out before it was too late.

    I was well aware of my parent’s finances, the cost of things & the value of a dollar when I was growing up. Cost was one of the many reasons why I never wanted to be a father. Ick, I called myself the F word!

    (sorry if this posts twice)

    • Julie Was Here

      LOL. I told my childfree boyfriend about how you ended that post: ” Cost was one of the many reasons why I never wanted to be a father. Ick, I called myself the F word!” We both had a good laugh. :) I think we might be stealing that line.

  2. Nice :) Honestly I don’t think I’ve ever used that term in context to myself before – it really, really felt weird – and I’ve been around for 3 decades. That’s how integrated being childfree is for me.

  3. “Why don’t I want to have kids? Because I can do math. Pretty simple decision, really.”
    Agreed.

  4. I suck at math, but can still realize that babies are a waste of too much money that could be put to better purposes. I’d rather donate what little money I have to a nature conservation group.

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