The NatWest Child Cost Calculator is an interactive tool with collective data revealing the cost of raising a child from the when they are born right up totheir late teens. Have you ever wondered how much your little one costs to feed each week?
For a toddler between the age of 1 and 3 the National average spend per week for food is £30.00. Now when Amelia had just turned one she wasn't eating very much at all, and as she is still breastfed I've never had to buy any formula or milk. As she is growing she is needing to eat more even though she is still fussy she is eating better. But I wasn't sure if we were spending as much as £30 per week on just her food. Our weekly shop usually totals £60-80 which is pretty reasonable in my opinion.
Above is pretty much everything we usually buy for Amelia. Fishcakes, turkey dinosaurs, yorkshire puddings, potato waffles, toast, frubes, strawberries, cucumber, muffins, pitta bread, hummus, noodles, crisps, milky bars, mini milks, biscuits, fruit shoots and then of course she will occasionally eat what we are having if there's potatoes or rice.
Some of the items are shared between us for example the bread, pitta bread, muffins, fruit, noodles so overall I would say that it does cost us about £30 per week to feed Amelia.
It's crazy to think how much is costs to raise a child, from birth to teenager they are very expensive but of course worth it! I'm glad that we don't have to pay any childcare yet as we work our shifts around each other and my mum helps out one day a week so we are very lucky in that aspect otherwise it would cost us a lot more a year. The NatWest Child Cost Calculator was very interesting to use and I have realised I could cut down some of costs too.
Go and check out the calculator as it is very interesting to see how much you spend on your child's food as well as other areas too such as child care, toys, nappies etc.
* We were kindly sent £30 in Tesco vouchers to see how much it costs to feed Amelia each week.