If you have kids, you’ve probably burned quite a few holes into your wallet.
In fact, the cost of raising a child is about $245,340, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates. And that’s just one.
We’re all about cutting costs where you can, but everyone with kids knows they can be expensive — no matter what you do.
These people feel your pain…
1. Kids are bottomless pits that eat a month’s worth of groceries in one sitting
— Julianna Miner (@mommylandrants) May 10, 2016
Is stuffing that many raviolis into one stomach actually possible?
2. They love to rack up IOUs at your local grocery store
Some day I’m going to tell my grocery store I own them roughly $400 for all the bananas my son has stolen and eaten while shopping with me. — mama bird diaries (@mamabirddiaries) May 5, 2016
Wait. At 69 cents per pound, that’s a lot of bananas!
3. They insist you purchase movies they’ll soon outgrow
And you’ll never let it go…
4. They have no idea what an electricity bill is
My daily workout is walking through the house 14 times a day turning off all the lights my kids have left on in every room.
— Goddess of Mischief™ (@AsgardianRose) June 11, 2015
This mom’s probably in great shape, though.
5. Or that cold air costs money
As a parent, you want to open doors for your kids. As someone who pays A/C bills, you must close every door they open, which is all of them. — The ParentNormal (@ParentNormal) May 17, 2016
When one door closes, the rest open.
6. They force you to make tough financial decisions
I can either put my kids through college or pay for one hour of Internet on a plane. Being an adult is hard.
— Ben Schwartz (@rejectedjokes) December 21, 2015
7. They remind you they’re the gift that just keeps on
My first-born is graduating high school. I wasn’t going to be this emotional, yet here I am, crying over her college tuition statement. — Lady Lawya (@Parkerlawyer) May 12, 2016
I hope her daughter applied for some scholarships.
8. By the time December rolls around, they’ve already sucked you dry
Scanning kids playroom to see if I can pass off any old toys as “Santa gifts” without raising suspicions. #recycling
— mama bird diaries (@mamabirddiaries) December 10, 2015
Maybe next year she’ll start saving early.
9. They know how to show their love
Most kids refer to their parents as Mom or Dad. My kids refer to me as “can I have $20?” — Sarcastic Mommy (@sarcasticmommy4) April 28, 2015
I don’t know. Can you?
10. And they thank you in ways you never imagined possible
Movie tickets: $37
Listening to two five year olds bitch to go home for half the movie: priceless
— Northern Lights (@PinkCamoTO) January 17, 2015
This mom should’ve Netflix’d and earned.
Your turn: What lovable things do your little ones do to add to your financial strain?
Kelly Smith also contributed to this post. Kelly is an editorial intern at The Penny Hoarder.
Dana Sitar (@danasitar) is a staff writer at The Penny Hoarder. She’s written for Huffington Post, Entrepreneur.com, Writer’s Digest and more, attempting humor wherever it’s allowed (and sometimes where it’s not).