While the challenges of raising a teenager are many, there is one thing that should frighten you the most --the cost.

A new survey put the total cost of raising a teenager at around $37,000. That breaks down to an average of $6,000 a year, but some years are more expensive than others. The most expensive year was at age 16.

What does that $6,000 a year buy you? Birthday gifts and parties, trips and vacations, clothes, cell phone bill, insurance, spending money, and FOOD. Good lord all the extra food they eat! It's a scary glimpse into the future.

The teenage years are coming whether we're ready or not. The REALLY scary though is when all or your kids are in their teens at once. Can you start a Go Fund Me page for that?


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