Budgeting for a Baby
Raising children is demanding on parents in many ways; physically, mentally, and even financially. Along with the many joys of being a parent, there are many challenges and it’s wise to prepare yourself for them. Whether it’s seeking advice from relatives, reading parenting books, or asking other parents, the more you learn and try to educate yourself about parenthood, the better prepared you’ll be.
While you realize that you’re probably going to have a lot of sleepless nights with your new baby, not everyone realizes that new parents experience financial difficulties as well.
Having a baby not only brings extra costs in the form of clothes, food, diapers, and much more, it can also add stress that can make budgeting for these costs more frustrating. The best way to deal with this stress is to be proactive and budget for your baby in advance.
There are a lot of people that struggle adjusting financially because they do not know what changes they should be making. Being wise about your financial situation will ensure that you are able to take care of your child properly and minimize the financial stress that you feel.
Be a Smart Shopper
Shopping for your baby will be a new and exciting experience. It’s fun and rewarding to buy things for a newborn, but it can get expensive fast if you’re not careful. With rising costs in baby formula (over $15 a can in many cases), the monthly costs of having a baby are only going up.
While you are waiting for your baby’s arrival, you will also want to get your shopping under control. Make sure that you differentiate between what you want and what you need. There are many things that your baby will need, and so you might have to sacrifice a few of your wants to adjust to the needs of your new family.
Since babies grow out of clothes so rapidly, it may be a good idea to take advantage of groups and companies that allow you to re-sell your baby’s outgrown clothes and furniture items, and then buy lightly used clothes, beds, toys, etc. for cheap.
Budgeting for Maternity Leave
In the U.S., employers aren’t required to provide you with paid maternity leave (although some states have their own laws concerning maternity leave). However, you can get up to 12 weeks of medical leave by law without fear of losing your job, although it will most likely be unpaid.
If you plan on taking leave at work, you should know what your job’s leave policy is. Ask how your benefits affect maternity leave, and what your options are. You will also want to notify your boss sooner rather than later. This way, you can be sure that you have the money you need and you can budget for the time you are taking off. Knowing your budget ahead of time is very beneficial, and can reduce much of your stress so you can focus on enjoying your time with your baby.
After your child comes you may find that there are unexpected bills. If you have not saved enough money for these bills, stop by a Check City location and take out a Payday loan. Taking out a Payday loan with Check City is fast and very helpful.