How to Financially Prepare for a Baby

newborn mariaA baby is a blessing, and having a baby will change your entire life, although hopefully for the better. And even before they arrive, there are lots of things you need to do to prepare for their arrival, including becoming financially stable.

Here are some ways to financially prepare for a baby before its arrival.

Start Saving Money

Having a baby is very expensive! They need a lot of things like a crib, clothes, diapers, and much more. Plus the medical costs of having a baby aren’t cheap either. That’s why you need to start saving up money from the moment you find out you are expecting, if not sooner.

My friend Cat set up a special baby savings fund when she found out she was expecting twins. She and her hubby were able to save $10,000 in their fund and they did end up using every penny on their babies.

Earn More Money

Not only is having a baby expensive, but the costs don’t stop after the child is born. Kids cost you money for the rest of their lives. Your grocery bills, energy bills, and more will forever be increased because you have a child. Before you decide to have a baby, you need to make sure you earn enough money to pay for these on-going costs of raising a child.

Sure you can be as frugal as possible when raising your kid(s), but you still need to make sure you earn enough. If aren’t earning enough right now, you’ll need to find some ways to earn more money. One way to do this is by taking up a side hustle, like freelance writing.

Get Out of Debt

If you are in debt, you need to work hard to get out of debt as soon as possible no matter what your life and family situation is. Being out of debt gives you more choices for what to do with your money. But if you are planning to have a baby, you need to think even harder about getting out of debt before the arrival of your child. It is possible to have a baby and pay off debt, but it’s much easier to pay off debt before having kids.

To get out of debt you should consider every possibility that can help you out, including taking out a lower interest rate loan with an unsecured guarantor loan broker. This can help you consolidate your payments and waste less money on interest if you go about it in the correct way.

Forgo Unnecessary Purchases

I’ve been in the baby section at Walmart quite a few times lately and I’m always shocked at how expensive everything is, and this is at Walmart! I can’t imagine how much money people spend on decorating their nurseries and buying every baby gadget known to man-kind when I see photos on Pinterest. Don’t let this type of consumerism get to you. Sure, babies need quite a bit of stuff, and it’s expensive enough if you stick to the basics. I’m sure it’s hard, but your bank account will thank you if you forgo some of the unnecessary purchases that some people buy for their babies.

Do you have any other tips for how to financially prepare for a baby?

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  1. Thanks for the mention Kayla! All great points!

  2. I remember reading about Cat saving $10k, and thinking I could *never* reach that goal… but now that I have my finances in check and my side hustle is up and running, that definitely does not seem insurmountable.

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