Are You Financially Prepared to Have a Baby?
Author: Nathan Dawson
Article source: http://marriedfinances.com/. Used with author's permission.
Perhaps you are a newly married couple doing some family planning, or you may have just discovered that you have a little "surprise" coming your way. Whether you are barely trying to get the hang of marriage and money management, or if you're simply looking ahead to a future with a baby in it, a little financial planning will go a long way once your bundle of jubilation comes along.
The US Department of Agriculture estimates that a middle income family will spend a bare minimum of $250,000 to raise a child. Yikes! Don't worry! Time is on your side. College won't be for another 18 years, at the very least. But that doesn't mean that you can slack off on saving, either.
A financial advisor can help you to realistically assess your income and your debts. More importantly a professional can help you set a realistic budget. Doing this will help you set sensible goals each month. You will find that, rather than go with your impulse to buy that "gotta have it" item, you will hold off on it a little longer, only to find that something of a much higher priority will come along.
That's the whole idea of saving… saying "no" now so that you can say "yes" to the important things, later. Nathan Dawson writes for http://www.marriedfinances.com and http://www.successfulmarriageresource.com, great online sources for marriage and finance information.
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