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The Five Must-Knows | How To Properly Prepare For Parenthood

These are exciting times! You are welcoming a mini you into the world. However, as exciting as it is, expenses can rack up quickly!

What To Expect!

Today, we will be venturing into a truly special territory… parenthood!

Did you know that, according to Kaiser, the cost for pregnancy and childbirth averages around $19,000? However, a good chunk of that is covered by insurance, but you must prepare for other costs!

While welcoming a child into your life brings immeasurable joy and love, it also comes with major financial considerations. Let’s face it, raising a little one isn’t cheap. However, with some thoughtful planning and budgeting strategies, you’ll be able to leverage some of the financial realities of parenthood much better. So, let’s ensure a secure and happy future for your growing family.

Five Budgeting Tricks For The Little One

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From the moment that positive pregnancy test appears, a whole new category of expenses are about to enter your life. Prenatal care, delivery costs, and baby essentials like cribs, car seats, and diapers quickly add up.

And as your child grows, you’ll need to factor in ongoing expenses like childcare, food, clothing, and educational activities, but that’s later down the road.

The good news is, I’m here to help you manage these expenses effectively. So, let’s get into it!

i) Always Start With A Budget

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The first step is to gain a clear understanding of your current financial situation. Sit down together (if you have a partner) and lay out a budget that outlines your income and expenses. When estimating your expenses, be realistic and factor in both essential and discretionary spending. Check out these budgeting apps and online tools to get you started. Once you have a clear picture of your finances, you can start allocating funds for the new addition to your family.

ii) Needs Over Wants

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With a growing family, clearly, you must prioritize your spending. Start by allocating funds for essential needs like housing, food, clothing, healthcare, and childcare. Once these needs are covered, you can factor in discretionary spending for entertainment, hobbies, or eating out. The key takeaway is to be mindful and avoid impulse purchases that could potentially derail your budget.

iii) Save, Save, Save!

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Building a healthy emergency fund is essential for anyone, but it becomes even more important if you have children. For instance, unexpected expenses like car trouble or a medical emergency can quickly throw your budget off track. That being said, I would aim to save at least 3-6 months worth of living expenses in an emergency fund. Lastly, you might want to consider setting up separate savings goals for your child’s education or future needs. Again though, that is down the road.

iv) Be Humble With Your Spending

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There are countless ways to save money on everyday expenses when you have a family.

  • Consider buying gently used baby clothes and gear instead of brand new items.
  • Cook more meals at home instead of relying on expensive restaurant takeout.
  • Look for discounts and coupons whenever possible, and don’t be afraid to negotiate for better prices on services like cable or internet.

Out of all the stages of life, now is the time to be patient with money!

v) Communicate Is Key!

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Last but not least, open communication is the stepping stone to successful budgeting as a family.

Discuss your financial goals and concerns with your partner and work together to create a plan that everyone can agree on. When they get older, involve your children in age-appropriate financial discussions.

Teaching them valuable lessons about saving, spending, and responsible money management will benefit them throughout their lives.

Costs That Parents Always Forget About

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Beyond the crib and car seat, surprise expenses often lurk around the corner for new parents. Medical bills are typically a large source of unexpected costs. Even with insurance, deductibles, copays, and out-of-pocket medication, expenses may add up quickly, especially during the first few months of a baby’s life. Not only that, but unforeseen complications during childbirth or the need for a newborn intensive care unit (NICU) stay can result in astronomical medical bills. So, always have that in the back of your mind.

To prepare for these potential financial bumps, expecting parents can take proactive steps.

i) Maximizing contributions to health savings accounts (HSAs), if available, can be a lifesaver!

ii) Researching in-network providers and understanding your insurance plan’s coverage for childbirth and well-baby visits is crucial.

iii) Use that emergency fund to provide a safety net for unexpected situations and medical bills.

By planning ahead and exploring these options, new parents will feel more financially secure as they welcome their new bundle of joy!

Be Smart & Stay On Top

Remember, parenthood is a journey, and your financial situation might need adjustments along the way. Don’t be afraid to revisit your budget regularly and make necessary changes as your child’s needs evolve. With careful planning, smart budgeting strategies, and a commitment to working together, you’ll build a secure and happy future for your family.

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