Dollars and Sense

Can you afford a baby -- even for ONE YEAR?

Basic Stuff Nicer Stuff
Diapers $720 $900
Baby Formula $1,000 $1,200
Baby Food $300 $500
Baby Care Products
(bottles, wipes, lotion)
$200 $300
Baby Clothes & Shoes $250 (second hand) $500
Furniture (crib, high chair, car seat, stroller) $300 (second hand) $500
Child Care (full-time) $6,000 $9,000
Medical Expenses $4,200* $7,500*
Baby's Check-ups $400* $600*
Housing $7,200 (1 bedroom) $9,216 (2 bedrooms)
Utilities $1,020 $1,500
Your Expenses (food, clothes, transport) $6,000 $7,000
TOTAL FOR ONE YEAR: $27,590 $38,716

* County or private insurance may cover all or part of these costs.

How much money are you making in a year?

Full-time (40 hrs/wk) Part-time (20 hrs/wk)
Minimum wage job - $5.35/hour (McDonalds, Target) $11,128 $5,564
"Livable wage" job - $8.00/hour
(bank clerk, day care)
$18,720 $9,360

NOTE:  These are about 20% less after taxes!

Now, if you don't want to have a baby this year:

Abstinence - FREE
Box of 12 condoms - $5
Box of 36 condoms - $12
Contraceptive Foam - $12
Diaphragm - $15
1 year of birth control pills - $75 and under
1 year of Depo-Provera - $120 and under
Norplant injection effective 5 yrs - $500

NOTES:

1.  Costs have been estimated based on current prices at Twin Cities retail and second hand stores, hospitals, child care providers and average apartment rents.
2.  Costs based on current prices at Twin Cities drugstores and teen clinics.

For confidential information about birth control and affordable clinic referrals, call the MN Family Planning and STD hotline, 1-800-78-FACTS.