You know how in travel guidebooks they list options by price? Consider this section a little like that. Generally speaking, insemination with a known donor, adopting from foster care, and at-home insemination with a sperm donor are less expensive and less time consuming than other forms of adoption, clinical insemination, and surrogacy. That said, there are a number of delays (many political battles are being fought right now over discrimination against prospective LGBT adoptive parents), unexpected costs (switching sperm donors in mid-stream), and more that can mount for any of these options. Here’s a general guide to particular costs for each parenting path, as well as an estimate for how much you can expect to spend.