Expanding your family

4 steps to budgeting for a new baby

Expanding your family is an exciting milestone, and one that also comes with extra expenses.

Creating a plan can help you feel more financially prepared for this major life event.

Step 1: Set a budget for your growing family

Just like your little one, your monthly expenses will grow over time, so it’s important to outline a budget that allows you to plan for the short and long term.

As with any budget, the goal is to spend less than you earn, and find ways to save for the future. Start by separating your expenses into essentials and extras.

Pre-baby essentials would include things such as food, rent, utilities, or car payments.

Consider what essential expenses might increase with having a baby such as adoption fees, baby formula, childcare, diapers, or additional insurance coverage.

Looking at these categories ahead of time can help you understand where your money is going today and where you have opportunities to cut back on extras to make room for new expenses.

Visit our Budget Watch tool to set budget goals and get notifications to keep your spending on track.

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Step 2: Create financial goals as a family

With a solid understanding of your budget, you can aim for new financial goals like building your emergency savings and reducing your debt.

You should aim to have six weeks of income saved in a separate savings account for emergencies. This will allow you to manage unexpected expenses without breaking your budget or missing other important payments.

Don’t get discouraged if you don’t have an emergency fund yet. Aim to save an amount equal to one of your paychecks and build your savings from there.

To get started, check out My Spending Report. This online tool can help you automatically track and sort what you spend and help you find new ways to save.

As you accomplish your goals, remember to celebrate them as a family. Recognizing your accomplishments will keep you motivated to stay on track.

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Step 3: Identify other long-term needs and goals

Being a parent requires careful planning for the future. You may need to:

You don’t have to figure all of this out immediately but keep these needs and goals in mind as you move ahead.

Step 4: Make it easier to manage your money

A growing family means more demands on your attention. The tools below may help make managing your money easier.

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