Saturday, December 5, 2009

Financial Planning for Babies

By Laura Reginelli

Having a child is a big step in life. There are many things that need to be considered when making this decision. Not only do you need to be mentally and physically prepared to have a child but you also must be financially ready as well. Having a child is one of the most expensive things that one could do in their lifetime. The costs are seemingly neverending. So how does one prepare to take on the financial responsibility that having a child carries? Well keep reading to find out.

1. Know what your money is going every month, what can be cut down on and where savings can be made. It is important to have a budget and stick as closely as possible to it.

2. Don’t buy the whole store. Remember that you will receive plenty during the baby shower so there is no need to overspend.

3. Determine how you will make up for the loss of one income when you or your spouse goes on maternity leave. How much will you need to make up for? Where can you get this money from? Does your employer pay for maternity leave?

4. Try to pay off any debt that you may have before having the child. Babies are expensive and you want to eliminate any source of debt beforehand.

5. Find a proper method to save for your child’s future.

Before having a baby it is important for you to know where you stand financially and if you can handle the financial affects of having a child.


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