Are girls more expensive than boys to raise?
Ever since I announced I am pregnant, a few fathers and grandfathers have joked that I better hope for the sake of my finances that I have a boy because girls are WAY more expensive.
Of course my reaction was to laugh, but in every joke there is a half truth, isn’t there?
Here are their reasons for why girls are more expensive than boys:
- They need accessories like purses, shoes, hair stuff, makeup. Boys are not interested in such things.
- They have other feminine things to pay for like when their body changes and they have to start buying pads or tampons.
- They need more stuff. Apparently what this “stuff” is, is not clear, but girls need more things.
I tried to counteract that boys EAT MORE than girls and therefore cost more in FOOD costs, but I was mollified when BF laughed and said:
But look at you. You eat double what I eat and I’m twice your size!
You were certainly NOT inexpensive in the food department as a kid and especially not now.
I tried to then say that perhaps boys cost just as much because then they need money to go out on dates with girls, or buy cars to drive them around, and so on, but I was told that if that were the case, they were then old enough to get a job to pay for their own darn dates and cars!
Maybe there is something to boys being less expensive to raise than girls.
I mean just look at how much a woman today has to pay for a simple haircut. Even if I were to go get my hair cut like a guy, I would be paying double (at minimum) for the same haircut.
Or look at dry-cleaning, where a woman’s shirt costs more than a man’s even though it’s smaller and technically would use less space, or liquids.
Or clothes shopping! Clothes of the SAME quality are more expensive for women than for men.
Even as a woman today, I pay more than a man, taking into account the fact that I too am enamoured with shiny electronics as much as the next guy.
The only area I don’t really spend my money on versus a man, is my car because I don’t have one and I don’t care to have a fancy, souped up car with sexy rims.