The Crazy Cost of Raising Kids

HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV)-- The cost of children, as many already know, is made up of more than housing and food alone.

A report released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture says it can cost as much as a quarter million dollars, to raise just one kid. That cost includes food and clothing as well as co-pays for insurance and summer camps.

Jennifer Tullo, mom of three-year-old Charlotte, says she thought she was better prepared once her second child, came along.

"We were lucky to have a second girl so that we just reused all the same clothes. Everything was the same. But there's always that one thing you don't think of, and it adds up fast," said Tullo.

WHSV asked parents on Facebook, whether they agree that $250,000 is an accurate cost for middle-income families.

Some of you beg to differ.

"They factor in 30 percent for housing which I don't believe is too accurate. Most people that I know wouldn't live in a one bedroom place even if they didn't have any kids," said Paul Sheets on Facebook. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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