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With parenthood comes greater responsibility, and with greater responsibility comes bigger bills. If you’re serious about starting a family, it is time to get serious about re-financing. Accounting for the new expenses prior to actually starting the family is key. This means that you should be making changes preferably within a year of that first new born baby. Like with all challenges, beginning this new financial life is the hardest part. Educating yourself on what expenses to expect can make the beginning much smoother. That is where we come in with this list of the top five expenses to account for:

The kid – First and foremost you need to understand the big financial picture that is raising a child from age one to eighteen. According to the U.S Department of Agriculture that picture looks like 235,000 dollars in 2016. Times have changed since 1960 where it cost almost 25% less to raise a kid. From this figure you should take that thorough financial planning is well worth it because although a quarter million may seem daunting, it can be much less so if you make sure that your actions begin to reflect that cost.

Forgone costs – Parenting is a full time job. This means that either you or your spouse will likely forgo an income for the indefinite future. Consider your monthly expenses in light of your current income, and then consider what those expenses may feel like after either you or your spouse can no longer work as many hours. Often times it can pay big to hire babysitters or daycare centers for specific days of the week, especially if it means more income for the family.

Emergency costs – Financial planners recommend that the average person have at least 6 months’ worth of cash to fall back on. However, for couples with kids this recommended amount doubles. Children get sick, and this means that when times get rough, more cash will be necessary. As you await your child’s first birthday, it is prudent to begin stockpiling enough cash to last you for a year or more. Begin to cut debt if possible and consider new insurance plans while you still have some free time.

Insurance – A new insurance plan is one cost you might have expected. Raising a child costs money, and so this means you will need to improve your life insurance policy. If something were to happen to one of the spouses, the other will need enough to support the child on their own. However, couples to be should not stop at life coverage. Re-evaluate medical insurance and dental insurance. You can save money by shopping around for the best plans whether it’s medical or dental. Many couples even manage to save big money on the delivery procedure by anticipating their new medical costs beforehand.

Estate plans – Remember, it is no longer just about you and your spouse anymore. Make a new contingency plan for the child. This means you should organize the documentation necessary to assign a legal guardian to the child in case something happens to both parents. Financial planners urge young parents to even designate a person to manage financial affairs. Like with anything financial, planning for the worst is best.

Article publié pour la première fois le 07/08/2016

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