Raising a child isn’t cheap, no matter how much effort a parent may make to keep costs low. It is estimated that a middle-income family will spend over $250,000 on their child until they reach the age of 18. This figure doesn’t factor in payments made toward higher education or financial assistance offered to children in adulthood. You should also keep in mind that this estimate is per child. A family with 4 children can expect to spend over $1,000,000 raising their kids. Talk about generous!
We think parents need to be armed with as many resources as possible to help them save some cash. This clever trick is sure to make dining out a little more economically friendly and will please the palates of any children whose tastes are a little more sophisticated.
Instead of ordering multiple meals off of the kids’ menu, opt for an item from the regular menu and split it among the children. 2 cheeseburger kids’ meals might cost $7 each, but if you order a burger from the restaurant menu, it might cost $11 and can easily be split in half. Pasta is another great option that can easily be split 2 or 3 ways and might be cheaper than ordering multiple items from the kids’ menu.
We know that this trick might not work every time, but it’s definitely worth giving a try. You can use the money you’ve saved on dinners to buy more pairs of shoes that your children continually grow out of.