There are a ton of posts out there that talk about the cost of having kids, but not many (or any) about the cost of not having kids. While we already have a kid and know how expensive it is, our goal since then has been to not have any more kids. Oddly though, avoiding having kids can still cost money.
If you or your partner are taking birth control pills or using some other kind of contraceptive to avoid getting pregnant, there’s usually a price attached. Sure some people are lucky and have a way to get birth control for free through state assistance or great health insurance, but not everybody. Most likely if you have health insurance you’ll be paying something. Whether it’s a co-pay for the visit and/or prescription or deductibles. Some people don’t have any health insurance or assistance and have to pay for the visits, exams and prescriptions themselves, which can really add up.
Even if you’re not concerned about STDs, condoms can be a great way to avoid having kids. For those who really don’t want kids, it’s best to double up and use a condom and another form of birth control every time. You can never be too safe. Condoms cost money, unless you get free ones from a doctor’s office or local health department. Otherwise, they can be found fairly inexpensive to more expensive depending on your specific needs (material, size and added benefits). If you’re paying for them, then each time you have sex, you’re sort of paying for it.
Trojan Value Pack (36 condoms) for $15.89—Each condom costs: $0.44
If you have sex once a week:
Cost per week: 44
Cost per month: $1.91
Cost per year: $22.88
Cost in 10 years: $228.80
Cost in 25 years: $572.00
If you have sex 3 times a week:
Cost per week: $1.32
Cost per month: $5.72
Cost per year: $68.64
Cost in 10 years: $686.40
Cost in 25 years: $1,716.00
If you have sex once a day:
Cost per week: $3.08
Cost per month: $13.38
Cost per year: $160.60
Cost in 10 years: $1,606.00
Cost in 25 years: $4,015.00
*Okay, now I know there are some people lucky enough to get it more than once a day, but most people should be able to relate to the examples.
Some guys think vasectomies are evil and refuse to ever get one, but some guys are all for it. If a guy knows he definitely doesn’t want kids, then why not get one? It’s a much easier, simpler procedure than a woman having a hysterectomy and can also be reversed if the guy changes his mind later on in life. You do have to wait around 6 months to make sure your soldiers are standing down, but obviously the benefits far outweigh the wait.
From my research, I’ve found the price for a vasectomy to be between $400-$1,500. Since going for the cheap end seems scary, let’s just use $1,000 for the average price. Even if you didn’t use any other forms of birth control aside from condoms, the vasectomy could more than pay for itself—unless you have sex once a week or less. Imagine how much money getting a vasectomy could save if you were using other forms of birth control too.
The easiest, 100% guarantee that you will not have kids is to abstain from sex. I don’t recommend this one, it seems sick and sadistic, but I’m sure it works for some people.
No, I’m not saying people should go out and get abortions or not get abortions, just that it’s how some people avoid having kids. You can’t just go out and kill babies for free though, it costs money too. I’ve never really looked into it before, but I’d imagine it cost between $200-$700…feel free to correct me if I’m way off here.
How much do spend to avoid having kids?
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