Single Parenting Struggle: Surviving the High Cost of Living

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So, you’re busy fixing breakfast when your teenage daughter asks if she can have $20 to buy a new shirt.  As you fumble through your badly-beaten faux leather purse, you get the shock of your life as you realize that you have barely enough money left to see you through next week’s round of groceries!

I totally get you.

That has happened to me so many times.  No matter how hard I try to make ends meet, I always seem to run out of funds.  I sometimes want to pull my hair out from sheer frustration.  

Imagine my surprise when I learned that the cost of typical family activities like going to the movies or amusement parks is higher for single parents than for two-parent families.  Talk about the financial struggles of single parenthood!

PayPlan, a debt management company, did some research on this and found out that single parents end up spending more on simple family activities because of “family deals” which normally target two-parent families.  After studying various offers from brands that provide family activities and travel services, they concluded that single parents do pay more every time.

If a single-parent family did all these family activities in a span of a few years, their total expenses will turn out to be £2,904.95 MORE than a two-parent family’s.  

Here’s an infographic to better illustrate it:

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Awareness is key.  Now that you’re more informed on the difference in expenses between single-parent and two-parent families, how do you plan to manage your finances?

About Pepper

I am a single working mom, trying to raise my kid the best way I know how. Join me as I navigate my way through the jungle that is Single Mom-hood, armed with rose-colored glasses and strength of spirit. As pepper adds spice to food, so does my daughter add spice to my life. She makes life no less than…PEPPERRIFIC!

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  1. Thank you for sharing wonderful article. Being a parent of girl child i need to plan accordingly. Keep posting.

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