Thursday, March 23, 2006

The cost of Boys vs. Girls

In addition to my opinion on it being expensive to be a girl, here is further insight on what the cost is for males and females. The gap is so wide, that it is not even comparable. I can't remember where I found this, but it was online quite some time ago and is written by a father who has raised both boys and girls. He has great thoughts, and even though some of the terms and words are a little old fashion, you get the point.


  • Boys: Either tighty whities or boxers
  • Girls: Panties: bikini, low rise, hi rise, thong, g string, grannies, or control top; bras: full cup, half cup, quarter cup, strapless, halter top, underwire, sports, padded, push up, lift and separate, or mash and magnify; not to mention slips, chemises, bustiers, and various other underpinnings and foundations.


  • Boys: socks: tube socks and the occasional pair of dress socks
  • Girls: socks: no-show socks, bobby socks, tube socks, toe socks, ankle socks, half ankle socks; not to mention tights, pantyhose, stockings, leggings, etc.


  • Boys: sneakers, one pair of cleats, and one pair of dress shoes for church
  • Girls: sneakers, cleats, pumps, mules, wedgies, sandals, open and closed toe, boots, knee high boots, thigh high boots, calf length boots, and at least three pairs of dress shoes identical except for color


  • Boys: jeans and khakis, 4 pair total, and one pair of dress slacks
  • Girls: jeans, khakis, long skirts, short skirts, mini skirts, A line skirts, kilts, skorts, coulottes, tap pants, stirrup pants, and capris


  • Boys: T-shirts, sweat shirts, or dress shirts
  • Girls: T-shirts, crop tops, tank tops, halter tops, tube tops, cammies, blouses, peasant blouses, turtle necks, and don't forget sweaters: V-necks, crew necks, cardigans, angora,


  • Boys: none
  • Girls: party dress, church dress, dancing dress, cocktail dress, sun dress, prom dress, wedding dress and the little black dress


  • Boys: a belt, a wallet, a watch and maybe a pocket knife
  • Girls: 3 belts, 2 purses, 2 watches, bracelets, necklaces, earrings, rings, ankle bracelets, clutches, barrettes, etc


  • Boys: none
  • Girls: Foundation, blush, highlighter, glitter spray, eye liner, eye shadow, eye brow pencil, mascara, lip stick, lip gloss, lip liner, nail polish, nail file, emory board, nail polish remover


  • Boys: Brush or comb, toothbrush, soap, shampoo, toothpaste, deodorant
  • Girls: 2 Brushes and comb, toothbrush, soap, face wash, body lotion, makeup remover, shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, mouthwash, deodorant, hair curlers, curling iron, hair crimper, hair straightner, hair gel, mousse, hair spray, hair pins, hair bows, hair clips, bobby pins, eye lash curler, compact


  • Boys: none
  • Girls: From menarche to menopause


  • Boys: put his stuff in a backpack and have room left over for his XBox
  • Girls: will fill three bags, and dump out his XBox to make room for the rest of her stuff
  • **let's not even get started on closet space


  • To sign a boy up for football costs roughly $60 for registration, insurance, and a mouthpiece
  • Sign a girl up for cheerleading and you're looking at $200 plus, more if there's a camp involved.
  • Ballet lessons are significantly more expensive than a fishing pole and a bucket of worms.
  • A boy wants to ride a bike. $100 at WalMart and you're done. A girl wants to ride a horse. $1500 plus monthly stable fees, and riding lessons. And tack, and of course a riding wardrobe.


  • A boy rents a tux ($75), gets a haircut ($12), buys a corsage ($15), and is ready to go for just under $100. Since I'm a traditionalist, he'll also buy the dinner, provide transportation, and buy the tickets, but his total expense is still under $200.
  • A girl buys a dress ($150-300), shoes to go with the dress ($45), matching purse ($40), gets her hair colored and styled ($75-100) her nails done ($40), buys a boutonierre ($15) and is ready to go for $365-540.


  • The groom's father handles the honeymoon, and can do quite well for about $2000.
  • The bride's father handles the wedding, and $2000 barely gets you started, covering flowers and possibly some catering. Dresses, cakes, the preacher, the church, the reception hall, and so on, all cost money.

There's simply no doubt about it; girls, bless their high maintenance little hearts, are more expensive than boys.

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