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8 Tips for Planning Your Family’s Financial Future

February 13, 2020 by  
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Starting a family should be one of the most exciting and enriching experiences that life can offer. When bringing a child into the world, it’s only natural that your full focus, love, and care will be on your children to ensure they are well looked after, but it’s also important that you get your finances in order from the get-go. If you aren’t sure where to start, here are eight tips on how to plan your family’s financial future.

Understand Your Current Financial Situation

First it’s important that you get a clearer idea of your family’s current finances and spending habits. To do this, you will need to gather bank statements via online banking that you can use to track current expenses, such as household bills and eating out. There are budget planning apps that you can download onto your smartphone to help you keep track of your day-to-day spending, but a plain old spreadsheet can work just as well if you aren’t tech-savvy.

Set Financial Goals

To set financial goals, ask questions like what sort of things you and your family would like to afford in the future. Set reasonable, timely, and reachable goals so that you can achieve your objectives. You may have different goals short-term and long-term goals. Whether it’s saving for a family trip away or a wedding, having realistic financial goals in place and creating an emergency fund is important.

Find Out Where You Can Save

Once you have a better understanding of your expenses, it will be easier to identify any negative spending habits. Seeing how much you spend on things that you don’t need can be a great way to reduce your expenditure and cut back on the unnecessary to save money.

Create a Budget

If you are wondering how much money you can realistically afford to put towards your savings, the best way to do this is by creating a budget that can help you stay in control. There are various tools you can use online to collate your spending. Once you figure out what your current incomings and outgoings are, you can decide what to do with the rest of your earnings. There are seasonal expenses you should factor into your budget too, such as anniversaries and birthdays. Although it may seem like a chore at first to create a budget, you will be thankful in the long run.

Build a Strong Financial Foundation

While you may think all you need to do is save, it’s important that you take what you have learned about your current financial situation and sort out any outstanding debts first. Cutting expenditure and setting aside spare money to put towards any debt can help you build a strong and secure financial foundation. Find out how much money you can put towards your debts so that you don’t have to worry about incurring fees and interest.

Secure a Retirement Savings Plan

It’s also important that you have a think about your retirement plan as early as possible before you begin planning how much money you can put aside for future generations. Your employer may already have a scheme in place, so at the bare minimum, you need to be matching your employer’s contributions.

Take Out Life Insurance

We can never be certain about what the future holds, so it is always wise to prepare for the unexpected. Taking out life insurance should be at the top of your to-do list. It can help pay for important things such as funeral costs and outstanding debts. Having life insurance in place ready for if you were to pass away will ensure those you loved aren’t impacted financially. Check out sites online where you can compare life cover companies by answering a few short questions.

Minimize Risks

To bring you and your family complete peace of mind, you may want to consider hiring an accountant who can help you keep track of your spending and identify any causes for concern. The last thing you want is to spend beyond your means, so having a professional step in can help provide you with financial stability for your family’s future.

No matter how financially secure you are, it’s important that you keep a close eye on your day to day spending. As a parent, keeping your loved ones happy, safe, and financially stable should be your number one priority, so make sure to take all the tips listed into account.

What Are the Rates at the Bank of Mom and Dad?

October 17, 2011 by  
Filed under J.Bright

Lord knows, you can’t pick your parents. Fortunately, my husband and I were both very lucky, and we both have excellent parents. They taught us so much directly, and they also taught us so much by example.

When I was growing up, I remember so well my parents’ financial discipline. They never used credit cards. If they didn’t have the money for something, they simply didn’t buy it. They worked hard, and they saved up. To teach my sister and me about money, we got an allowance early on, we were encouraged to save money, and we were supported in getting jobs at early ages. My husband’s parents had a different approach: He didn’t get an allowance, but they paid him for doing extra jobs around the house.

Now that Tyler and Austin are six and four, my husband and I do a bit of each. Each week, our boys can earn an allowance. If they haven’t broken too many house rules that week, they earn $1. Each time they do something extra good, without being asked, such as if they pick up something someone dropped on the floor or do a kindness for each other, they earn a “bonus point.” For each five bonus points they earn in a week, they earn another $1.

Tyler and Austin also can pick up extra “jobs” around the house to earn a dollar, such as folding socks, running the little vacuum cleaner, and helping to empty the dishwasher. It’s true the “jobs” are mainly about trying hard and keeping me company, but they enjoy doing them to earn extra money.

Tyler and Austin are pretty much always saving up for something, such as a new Star Wars figure or toy.  Generally, they save up for it, and then they buy it. Otherwise, they can “put it on their wish list.” Occasionally, they see something they want and have a good reason to fear that if they don’t buy it now, it’ll be gone, such as if the store only has one left. If they don’t have the money, they can borrow from the “Bank of Mom and Dad.” We loan them the money to buy the item, and the item goes up on the fridge with a note of how much money they’ve borrowed. The key is, if they borrow from the Bank, they can’t spend any other money on anything until they’ve paid that money back!

All of this gives us tons of opportunities to practice math, “Let’s see, your Star Wars figure cost $12, and you have $10, how much more money do you need to earn?” It also is teaching them how hard you have to work, and sometimes how long you have to wait, to afford what you want. And it’s giving me lots of company folding the laundry and emptying the dishwasher.


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