5 Money Questions For Parents With Kids On The Way

When most parents find out they are expecting there is usually a period (sometime long and sometimes short) when the parents feel a sense of shock.  They look at their lives and know there is going to be a lot of changes.

In our post today we are going to look at the financial changes and decisions every expectant and new parent will need to discuss.

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5 Important Financial Discussions For New Or Expectant Parents

Can You Start Saving For College?

Dave Ramsey puts saving for college as his fifth baby step.  In other words, it is not the hugest priority, but there is certainly some value in starting to invest young.

Can you make room in your budget for small monthly contribution to college savings?

Money Questions For New Parents

If you are finding it hard to do both retirement and college you might want to consider the advantage of using a Roth IRA for college savings.  This way you will have the flexibility of saving for college and potentially using some of your Roth to help fund juniors school.

The sooner you can start investing the better.

Do You Have the Money For Hospital Bills?

The cost of having a baby can be quite expensive.  Be sure to review your current health insurance plan to see how much of the delivery cost you will need to pay.  Once you know how much your insurance will cover you can just check with your doctor to get some estimated costs.

If you do not have insurance I strongly recommend you contact the doctor now and ask about a discounted rate for prepaying in cash.

Will One Parent Stay Home?

The sooner you can establish your income the sooner you can make the necessary spending adjustments.  In fact if want to see if you can afford to be a stay at home wife then you should start living off one income today.  The allows you to test the one income lifestyle and also helps you build up a bigger emergency fund for the hospital costs and start up baby cost.

Have You Simplified Your Finances?

When baby comes life will be very different.  You’ll probably be amazed at how such a little human can disrupt the normal flow of life.  When we had our first daughter we had a lot of sleepless nights.  I’d crawl into my classroom (I was in graduate school at the time) and then I crawl over to my evening job before coming home.

Time and sleep were precious resources.

Before having the baby I would suggest that you get your finances organized.  Be sure you’ve got a good personal finance software and automate some of your payments.  When life gets busy financial organization seems to be one of the first things to go.

How Much Will You Spend on Baby?

Babies are peculiar things.  They require everything to be custom made. You’ll probably be spending money on anything from clothing, to cribs, to change tables, to toys.  At the end your previously fat wallet will look extremely skinny.

Sit down as a couple and agree on how much to spend on baby related products.  Don’t worry if you are frugal you will find ways to save on baby too.  For example, we bought used baby furniture (gasp!).  We’ve given our kids cups to play with in the bath and we’ve even decided to use cloth instead of disposable diapers (yuck).

Set a baby budget and stick to it.  Don’t worry friends and family also usually like to spend money on baby.

What other important financial decisions did you need to make when you had kids?

Last Edited: 9th March 2013

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  1. says

    I love the idea of simplifying finances. This is going to be so important when a new baby comes. The less you have to worry about financially, the better.

    Mom and Dad are going to be so exhausted just adjusting to the new baby. It’s better if they are relaxed and not stressed by other things.

    It might also be good to stock up on canned goods and easy meals for the first few months. If the pantry is full and all the basic needs are there, the more you can enjoy the baby.

    Mrs. White
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  2. says

    One thing we’re finding in regards to making sure we have enough money for hospital bills is that it can be quite confusing as far as what is covered and what isn’t. Sometimes things will be covered if you do it at the hospital, but not later at the clinic. So you have to make sure that you get all your ducks in a row and make sure you know what procedures will be covered and which won’t, and make sure to get things done at the right place so that insurance will cover it.

  3. says

    First of all, CONGRATULATIONS!!! You both must be so excited.

    Your points are good ones.

    On the first one, I would recommend that even if you don’t have a lot to start a college savings fund for a baby, do start SOMETHING. You will find that many relatives (grandparents etc) will want to send you money over the years specifically for that, and it is good to put it in a place where you won’t be tempted to appropriate it for other uses :) For our state we found the 429 plan to be decent.

    On the final point-remember that babies need much less stuff than you think (or the marketers would have you think). Many folks are very happy to loan or give the various baby paraphernalia to you-so open your mouth and ask. You might be surprised with what shows up. One note-if you are being loaned baby clothing I highly recommend marking the tag on each one with the initials of the person you will be returning it to. Trust me-it will be hard to remember what is from who.
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    • says

      We’ve been amazed at how much baby clothing, toys and accessories we’ve gotten for free from our friends, neighbors and acquaintances. We probably won’t have to buy any clothes once we’re done.

  4. says

    You phrased one of your questions perfectly.

    “Simplify your finances.”

    Its not about fixing your finances 100% to prepare for having a kid. If you waited for that moment, you might be waiting for the rest of your life.

    Simplifying is the key.

    Plus, incredibly, God has a way of making sure you can get your bills paid, no matter how many diapers you have to buy!

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