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A U.S. estimate puts the number at $250,000 (U.S.) for raising a child to age 18, up 2 per cent from last year.

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It costs HOW MUCH to raise a kid?
A U.S. estimate puts the number at $250,000 (U.S.) for raising a child to age 18, up 2 per cent from last year.

Nineteen things you must do before having kids
Many of them involve spending money you will not have once you're a parent.

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