Last updated: December 4, 2023
Whether you’re on your first child, second, or third, or have just completed a whole brood, having children changes how you need to think about money.
Every new child is a new financial reality and if you haven’t taken the time to really sit down and think about how you are going to use your money going forward, now is the time. Here, we’re going to look at where you should start.
Make a new budget
Start by creating a budget. If you already have one, create a new one. You have to start accounting for a wide range of new costs when there are children in the mix, and this may mean having to look at ways to slim down your discretionary spending. The one thing you want to avoid as much as possible is cutting down how much you set aside for financial goals, such as investments or retirement.
Look for savings opportunities
Within your budget, start looking for places where you can save a little additional money so that, without truly depriving yourself or your family, you can find more wiggle room for the savings that could really benefit your family in the future and help keep them healthy.
Becoming a more responsible houseowner, you can save money on repairs by doing more DIY and can cut down on energy bills by making the home much more energy efficient, for a start.
Make sure you’re insured
We all gotta go eventually. Some of us are going to go sooner than we might like and, while it isn’t nice to think about, it is necessary.
With life insurance from Nowsure, you can make sure that you are able to cover the costs that might come with your passing, such as funeral costs and inheritance tax. Depending on how much you’re willing to put into life insurance, it can pay out to cover ongoing living costs for your family, as well.
Start a savings account for them
It’s a good idea to open a savings account for your child when they are born. While savings don’t appreciate as quickly as investing, it’s a safe place to keep money, allowing you to put a little extra in here and then when you have it to spare.
You can save these to ensure the best for their education or to help them get a head start with their first mortgage in the far, far future.
Consider emergency savings
An emergency fund is not always the most feasible option, but if you have children, you need to do work right now to find out precisely how feasible it is for you.
An emergency fund is there to cover you in the event of something like a job loss or serious injury that diminishes your ability to earn and may well be the one thing between your family and unexpected debt.
The best time to start planning for the future is yesterday, the second best time is now. Let these tips be your guide towards the financial reality you want to create for your kids.