Natwest “Cost of Raising a Child Calculator” & Competition

Natwest have created a tool entitled “Cost of Raising a Child Calculator“.  The idea is to provide users with an estimate of just how much a new child or their existing children are costing them . . . 

My initial reaction when I was first introduced to this tool was that I don’t think I really want to know how much my children are going to cost me! How many Mulberry handbags could I have for that? But would I swap them? No. We are absolutely brassic but I wouldn’t swap them for the world.  I don’t care how much they’re going to cost me – that’s not something I think about.

However as I thought more about it I started to see that perhaps it might be useful as a budgeting tool. 

Natwest Cost of Rainsing a Child Calculator
(Click the image to be taken directly to the tool on the Natwest website)


I filled out the calculator initially for Amy but I don’t think it’s particularly accurate for her at the moment as she’s not costing me anything for food, childcare etc.  Also with her being the third child a lot of the other associated costs – pram, furniture, clothes etc are hand me downs so she’s supposedly thousands of pounds under the national average.  


Chloe works out at around 18k under the national average. Again I suppose some of this is due to having spent a good chunk of money the first time round so plenty of toys and equipment are already sorted.    There’s also a good amount of money saved in how much I spend on childcare at the moment – with being on maternity leave this is considerably less than it would be if I was working full time.  I’d love to be working on the national average of spending £70 a month on clothes?! Who has that money to spend!  Chloe would have a spectacular wardrobe if I had that much to spend each month. 


Ben came out over 150k short of the national average but for a start this included 8k on school fees – I don’t think that’s a strictly accurate statement as the “national average” – surely the majority don’t pay school fees? Also I was completing it based on our current situation – minimal childcare, no pocket money etc. I can see that he would be costing me an awful lot more in another few years time. 

The calculator is definitely interesting and gives food for thought.  If nothing else I was really surprised to see how we measured up to the national average.  

So now it’s your turn . . . 

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Try the “Cost of Raising a Child Calculator” for yourself and then complete the rafflecopter options for your chance to win.

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321 thoughts on “Natwest “Cost of Raising a Child Calculator” & Competition

  1. it didnt suprise me as i know things cost so much.but it did depress me a little seeing the cost stacked up all together like they are.

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