US parents: tell us how much you spend on your kids a month

<span>In the US, raising a child from birth to age 18 costs on average $237,482, according to one 2023 study.</span><span>Photograph: Peter Dazeley/Getty Images</span>
In the US, raising a child from birth to age 18 costs on average $237,482, according to one 2023 study.Photograph: Peter Dazeley/Getty Images

Raising children is expensive. They need diapers, food and clothes. Sometimes they want guitar lessons.

In the US, raising a child from birth to age 18 costs on average $237,482 (£187,154), according to one 2023 study. In the UK, it costs on average £223,256 ($283,291).

How do parents and guardians afford this? If you’re raising children right now, we want to hear from you: how much do you spend on your child(ren) in a month? How much do you pay for housing, food, school and activities?

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