5 Amazing Things You Could Buy Instead of Raising a Child

5 Amazing Things You Could Buy Instead of Raising a Child

Kids are expensive, like really expensive, but we all knew that, right?  Well, according to a still extremely relevant article over at Time Magazine, “cost of rearing a child has hit $233,610”, and that was back in 2015.  Apply a fair inflation factor to that huge sum, and now you’re certainly in the realm of a quarter of a million bucks, and that’s just for a single kid – the math is pretty simple if you want to start building out an even bigger family.  So what if you didn’t have a kid?  I mean, this is CFdating.com, so you knew we were going to go there – but really, what could that insane amount of money get you instead?  Let’s take a look – we may surprise you!

5. Buy a Beach House or Condo Instead of Having a Kid

Beach Weekend at your New Condo Instead of a Kid? Sign us up!

If the main photo on this article wasn’t a giveaway, a quarter of a million bucks saved by not having a kid can net you and your significant other a waterfront, or near-waterfront beach house or condo down in the Florida panhandle, the east coast, or just about anywhere else not named Southern California.  You may shrug this one off as not worthwhile, but keep in mind this could be in addition to your current home, so what would you rather have: a kid, or a beach house condo down on the beautiful white sands of Destin, Florida where you and your significant other can jet down to any weekend you feel like.  How awesome is that?

4. Buy a Boat – a Serious Boat – Instead of Having a Kid

Like the Water? Buy a Boat Instead of a Kid!

Boats are not cheap, but then again neither are kids that need schools, medicine, college educations, and oh so much more.  So why not splurge for a boat instead?  Whether you want a boat to take bass fishing on the lake or a sailboat to take out on Lake Michigan in the Chicago summer, you could drop that quarter of a million dollars on a ridiculous boat instead.  Which sounds better to you?

3. Go Get a Couple Master’s Degrees for Each of You

Go Get Masters Degrees Instead of Having Kids

Many pro-child folks will stress that kids are an investment, but there are some flaws in that argument as we all know.  But what if you invested that quarter of a mil in yourselves instead with a pair of master’s degrees?  Whereas that investment in a kid will only set you back financially, if you and your significant other go back to school to earn a bachelor’s, master’s, or even a doctorate, you’re only adding to your collective earning power as a couple.  Sure, advanced degrees aren’t cheap, but neither are kids, and only one investment will advance each of your careers.

2. Start your Own Charity Instead of Having a Child

Why Give Money Away to a Kid When You Could Start a Charity?

Here’s an idea I bet you hadn’t thought of: instead of having a kid, why not start your own charity and invest that quarter of a million dollars saved in kids who may need help?  Or, start a charity for one of the millions of other worthwhile causes out there; the bottom line is that your investment is going to not just something good, but to something great.  So if you don’t have the desire to take on your own charity or program, invest in a handful of others – you’ll feel great, and you’ll still have the time to pursue your other child-free interests.

1. Travel to Space Instead of Having a Child.  Seriously.

Travel to Space with Blue Origin Instead of Having a Kid
Photo Credit: Blue Origin

While this is honestly a bucket list for me, I guarantee you didn’t think of this as an alternative to spending all that money on a kid, but hear me out.  Just a few days ago Blue Origin – Amazon founder Jeff Bezos’ space company – announced that a consumer ticket to space in the coming years will cost in the $200k – $300k range.  Since you’re not having a kid, how insane would it be to travel to space instead?  I guarantee an Instagram pic from outer space will garner more likes than a photo of your kid eating Cheerios, and who outside of astronauts can say they’ve been to space?  This is a once and a lifetime opportunity, and to me its’ a no-brainer.

So as you can see, you have some flat-out amazing options to invest that quarter of a million bucks instead of having a kid.  While I’d probably splurge for a beach house or a ticket to space, whatever you choose is surely a better investment than a quarter of a million dollar child.

CFdating Web Dev Update

CFdating Web Dev Update

Since our covert launch a year or so ago, CFdating has gone from the new kid on the childfree dating block to a community that is really starting to pick up steam, and as the founder that is really exciting!  My wife and I started CFdating.com with the sole mission of creating an authentic community for those of us who choose to be child free, because as we all know we’ve seen too many of these CF dating sites pop up only to disappear a few months in.  Well, I’m proud to report that not only is our community growing rapidly, it’s also not going away – ever.  Now THAT is exciting!  So with that being said, let’s talk web development to highlight some of the site improvements we have here in the works.

Improved Matches & Search

While our user base here at CFdating is growing extremely well, in hindsight I should have structured the site’s core matching system to do a bit better job displaying national matches while the community falls into place.  We have some wonderful members out there in our community, and hearing from many of them they’ve mentioned that a great feature would be to include a more nationalized matching system – with of course retaining the ability to go hyper-local in their searches.  Duly noted!  Expect to see the new and improved matches system very soon, and thank you again to our awesome users who helped shape this change!

More New User Approval Checks

We take your security, privacy, and time very seriously here at CFdating, and the user approval system we’ve put in place back at launch has really done a great job in preventing a ton of lackluster, and potentially sketchy profiles from cluttering up your matches.  While I’m obviously not going to disclose the specifics of what we have in place, and what’s to come, just know that the profiles and matches you see and meet here at CFdating have gone through a very intensive approval process – one that I’m pretty proud of, and one that is continuing to evolve!

Improved Profiles Coming

As we continue on with the beta, we’ve received some great feedback as well as some frustrations on our profiles, user images, and the need for some new profile questions / fields.  First off, I’m working on getting a cool new feature included that allows users to rotate and manipulate profile pics that they upload; sometimes, when uploading a photo from a mobile device, the image uploaded is imported sideways.  This new feature should solve that, and it will also provide some other neat functionality as well to really improve profile pictures all around.  As I mentioned above, we’re also doing some bug fixing with profiles, and we’re also exploring getting more questions and answer fields plugged into the site to provide a bit more depth to the profile.  Look for these changes very soon!

Still 100% Free, and Still 100% Ad-Free

CFdating.com is still 100% free to create a profile, search for and message matches, and on top of that you will not see a single advertisement along the way.  How many other dating sites can say that?  We want to build a community for child free singles, and the best way to do that is to provide them with the best experience imaginable.  That’s our plan, and we’re sticking to it!

We will have lots more improvements along the way, and we’ll drop a new note here on the CFdating Blog when we have news to report.  I hope everyone’s Spring is off to a great start – enjoy CFdating.com, and we will talk to you soon!

Welcome to CFdating.com!

Welcome to CFdating.com!

The childfree segment of society – those who may love kids and children, but prefer not to have any themselves – has long deserved their own clean, functional, and modern online dating site.  A few have come before, but none have been serious in helping those who choose the childfree lifestyle to find love.  Well with the official launch of CFdating.com, we are proud and excited to become the premier childfree dating site in the world, and between human verifiable profiles and more functionality than you’ll find at every other childfree dating site on the Internet, we think this will be the last site you ever visit.

If you haven’t stopped by our front page, let’s take a quick tour on some of the features and benefits to creating a profile at CFdating.  First of all, we mentioned human verifiable profiles above, so let’s start there.  While anyone is able to create a profile at CFdating.com, you will not be able to send messages, add another childfree user to your favorites unless your profile gets approved by the CFdating.com staff.  Best of all, until your profile is approved you won’t even show up in other childfree user’s matches!  So why do we do this?  The answer is simple: raise your hand if you hate browsing online dating sites where half the matches are photo-less, answerless profiles – yep, our’s is in the air as well.  It’s time to change that, and build a childfree dating community that is serious about finding each and every one of you love; weeding out the not-serious is a stellar step one, and one that we are really excited about.

What about advertisements or cost?  Right now, and this will probably surprise you, CFdating.com has absolutely zero advertisements and is 100% free to use.  With private investments, and an actual staff behind the scenes that is building functionality, approving profiles, and growing the community with advertising, we truly are serious about becoming the #1 childfree dating site on earth, and if you’re not convinced after what we’ve told you thus far, it’s only going to get better.

We have tons more functionality, content, guides, and posts in the works here at CFdating, and we’re thrilled to have you on board.  If you haven’t already, click here to create a profile, and enjoy CFdating.com!