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Good Graph Friday: The kids are expensive

Feb. 11, 2011 at 8:01 AM ET

The Fiscal Times /

The kids may be all right, but they’re also expensive.

The food, the child care, the medical expenses – they all add up to about $286,050, and that’s before you even send the little one off to college, according to the Department of Agriculture.

The Fiscal Times, which cited that figure in a recent report on a potential baby dearth in America, also put together this handy pie chart showing how all those kid costs break down.

Both the chart and the dollar figure are based on U.S. Department of Agriculture's 2009 data for a middle-income husband-and-wife family with two children.

Has the cost of raising children put the brakes on your plans to have (more) children?

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