DEXTER, MO (KFVS)- "Do you want me to help you slide?” said Rachel Watson.
Watson and her 7-year-old son spent the last day of summer at this Dexter park.
A new study from the U.S. Department of Agriculture said it costs on average, about $240,000 dollars to raise a child.
"I feel like that is an astronomical number," said Watson.
"I'm surprised it's not higher," said mother Jessica Mercer.
Because of the high costs, families everywhere have to find ways to cut costs.
Watson said she shops at outlet and consignment stores, the family doesn’t go out to eat very often, and they utilize free entertainment like the city park.