A Nifty Tool to Calculate the Cost of Raising a Child

childcostcalc.pngChildren are expensive. At least that’s the conclusion I reached after running some numbers through the Child Cost Calculator at You’ll find the calculator under the tools menu item. With two teenagers running around our home, we already knew how expensive raising kids can be. But seeing that six digit number on the computer screen tends to bring a new reality to the equation. Here’s how the calculator works.

You first enter some basic information such as the year the child was born, your income range, number of parents in the home and the region where you live. This generates a more detailed list of expenses along with an estimate of the cost to raise a child. You can then refine the estimate if you’d like. My estimated cost came in at over $350,000:



I think I’ll show my teenagers the results of these calculations the next time they ask for a raise in their allowance. And if you’d like to estimate the first year cost of a newborn, offers the Baby Cost Calculator, too. Happy parenting!

Published or Updated: May 23, 2011
About Rob Berger

Rob founded the Dough Roller in 2007. A litigation attorney in the securities industry, he lives in Northern Virginia with his wife, their two teenagers, and the family mascot, a shih tzu named Sophie.


  1. WOW!! Makes me even happier I don’t have kids.

    • DR says:

      SGM, one thing to keep in mind is that as they get older, they can cut the grass! That saves me $40 a week during the summer.

  2. LOL! I love the idea of showing the number to your kids when they ask for more money!

    • DR says:

      CFO, one thing I’ve noticed is that it doesn’t stop them from asking!

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