Moving to Des Moines

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  1. Tailg8er

    Tailg8er Well-Known Member

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    You're still using high numbers for nearly every category. You trying to say every kid playing baseball in high school has a new $400 bat every 2 years? Yeah, no. I played football and officiate it now, other than cleats ($100), mouthpiece/chinstrap ($30), gloves ($40) and game under clothes ($100), there isn't much else you have to buy..

    As far as car goes, liability insurance on a 10+ year old car isn't over $100, probably less. A high schooler who rarely needs to drive over 20 miles in a day with a 4 cylinder car won't use much gas (especially since they'll have a summer job).

    Socks aren't $30/pair, again, you're exaggerating. If you're a savvy shopper at all, you can outfit a child for $1,000/year (again, that nifty job can help them go above that).

    Our oldest has been in dance and cheer for 3 years now, not once has either cost $250/month, and rarely do they combined.

    And I'm already saving for both their college (not to say they couldn't pay for their own like I did). This isn't a cost that's changing.

    Again, I'm not saying you CAN'T spend $1,000/month, but it's pretty easy not to.
     
  2. mtowncyclone13

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    Why does a kid need a car?
     
  3. 3TrueFans

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  4. mtowncyclone13

    mtowncyclone13 Well-Known Member

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    Not to get all "CapCity" on you, but living in Ankney or Waukee almost forces them to have a car. It's not required.
     
  5. STLISU

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    A group of my friends from St. Louis recently traveled to DSM to run in the DSM marathon this past fall. They stayed in an Airbnb just west of downtown in the South of Grand area. They couldn't stop raving about DSM. These are people that travel frequently for work and pleasure.

    I myself as a very recent retiree am in the process of moving to Ames. If I were younger, I would choose DSM over Ames. But as a retiree, I feel Ames is an ideal retiree location.
     
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  6. Three4Cy

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    Just wait until you have kids that are in multiple activities at the same time. You will be thankful that your kids can drive.
     
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  7. BCClone

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    You want to drop them off for 6:30 batting practice and pick them up from practice at 6 pm every day?
     
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  8. mtowncyclone13

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    Idk, my parents managed it. Friends also had cars.
     
  9. BCClone

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    Happy your parents picked you up after games and practice while in HS, I have no desire to do something that my kids can do and learn some basic driving and auto skills before they leave for high school.
     
  10. Cyched

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    Do you want to be the lame paretn? DO YOU?>?
     
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  11. CycloneDaddy

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    Im just tired of playing chauffer and working a full time job. Im pissed my kid doesnt want a moped for the summer as he just turned 14.

    Sorry to everyone in Johnston that gets stuck behind a white Enclave. Please allow alot of room on the round abouts, he is a work in progress.
     
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  12. dosry5

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    I take the roundabouts by the high school every day doing about 25. Going faster helps you stay in your lane. Tell him centrifugal force is his friend....
     
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  13. chadly82

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    Well I'm going to completely win in this scenario. I'll soon have 2 in the same daycare at 1985/mo that includes the discount for my son being 2 when the 2nd one starts! Good god
     
  14. 3TrueFans

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    Jesus mothertrucking christ
     
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  15. Gonzo

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    I'm with you for the most part but the clothing thing is legit. I have two teenage daughters and my world is a blur of Patagonia, Lululemon, Birkenstocks, Kors, Kate Spade, Vera Bradley... They don't get everything they want, but we don't deprive them from having some of the things they want. And then there's the technology, Apple watches and iPhones, etc., and the makeup from Sephora and Ulta. And then there's the track shoes and gear, volleyball shoes and gear, cheerleading gear. And then there's the class trips, the summer mission trips and youth retreats. Just saying. Getting out from the costs of daycare is very nice. But I do think back fondly to the days when they'd get super excited after opening a present and finding a pack of stickers.
     
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  16. JY07

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    Looks like we're at $1230 for one infant: your record may not be safe if we have another
     
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  17. dosry5

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    Humble brag on the clothes you buy your kids.....

    If those are the brands they wear and they have iPhones and Apple watches then you have nothing to complain about. That’s on you, not them.
     
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  18. ArgentCy

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    Aren't Russian brides cheaper? I mean heck at these prices you can almost give someone a full time. job.
     
  19. Gonzo

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    #199 Gonzo, Apr 5, 2019
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    I wasn't complaining, I was agreeing with the point that even though you're no longer paying daycare, outfitting teens can be very pricey.

    You must've missed the part where I said they don't get everything they want. Pair of Lulu's here, Patagonia fleece there, Kors purse for the one getting ready for college... I don't think saying your teen has an iPhone is a brag.

    I'm not wealthy, not even close, if that makes you feel better?
     
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  20. chadly82

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    oh yeah with 2 we could have a nanny out of our house ....or the learning center we currently send our son to in West Des Moines. We will unfortunately be at about 28k a year soon since its weekly too.
     

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