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The Cost of Raising a Child With Chad Clark


Christian talk radio with Rob West

October 1, 2022

God’s Word tells believers to Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth. But it seems that economics is making that ever more difficult. We’ll talk about it with Chad Clark today. Our guest Chad Clark is normally behind the scenes, making things happen as the Executive Director of MoneyWise. But he’s also a keen observer of financial trends, so he joins us today to talk about the rising cost of raising a child. On today’s program, Clark shares some interesting statistics about what it costs to be a parent these days. According to the Brookings Institute, a married couple with two children will spend upwards of $310, 605 to raise both children thru age 17. Raising kids these days includes a range of expenses: housing, food, clothing, healthcare, child care, diapers, haircuts, and things like sports equipment or dance lessons. And raising kids isn’t getting any less expensive. In the short term, inflation is going to continue to play a substantial role. Prices for food at home were up 13. 1% in July compared with the year before, adding pressure to household budgets. Even though inflation eased a bit in July, down to 8. 5%, food prices continued to climb in July, up 10. 9% on an annual basis. Clark shares four financial keys to raising kids: 1. Have a spending plan 2. Track your expenditures 3. Communicate with your spouse 4. Communicate with your children On today’s program, Rob also answers listener questions: ● How should you go about preparing to sell your home? ● What is the best way to evaluate a financial advisor? RESOURCES MENTIONED: ● Find a Certified Kingdom Advisor

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