So how much do the items above cost? No definite figure because it depends on each couple's desires and spending each year. But it would not be out of the ordinary to add another $10,000--$30,000 a year, certainly for a young couple just starting out and who need to provide everything for their new home. (Note: this does not include school tuition and camps for children. That expense is yet to come.) That would put our young couple at $70,000 to $90,000 a year. And whatever the figure, it's coming from after tax dollars.Then, on top of that, you have all the fun "segulos" that people go crazy about. Granted, most are rather harmless, and a small handful have old sources, but most of them are simply laughable. I think an old Rebbe once put it well:
"A segula only has meaning if you believe it does."Sigh. What else?