Adjusting The Family Finances For A New Addition

Posted: Nov 21 2019, 9:37am CST | by , in How To

 

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Adjusting the Family Finances for a New Addition

After adding a new baby to the family, it can require an adjustment with your personal finances to ensure the newborn's needs are met. From diapers to formula, many expenses come with having a new child in the home. When you grow your family and welcome a newborn, there are a few adjustments to make with your finances.

Set a Budget

When it comes to having more costs when you expand your family, one of the only ways you can expect to survive financially is by creating a budget. The budget will allow you to have a set of rules and guidelines to follow while also getting an understanding of what you can afford. The budget should include your take-home pay, as well as any additional income that you receive each month.

Begin writing down each expense that you have, which includes your rent or mortgage, utilities, auto loans, fuel, groceries, health insurance, and clothing. If both spouses work, you'll need to determine how much you'll need to spend on childcare for the new baby. You'll also need to budget for diapers and any newborn gear that is needed.

Your budget should include paying off any debt or bills that are pending. Make sure to include paying off debts like medical bills, paying back short-term online loans, and the mortgage in your budget. Paying installments on the money that is borrowed may be more manageable if you plan it in your budget and will prevent you from getting behind in any other areas.

Cancel Unused Subscriptions

From magazines to music downloads, there are likely a few subscriptions that you don't use frequently but are paying for each month. You can free up some of your money by canceling any unused subscriptions.

You can also consider canceling a gym membership that you may not use consistently. Find more affordable ways of exercising, which includes jogging outside or going for a bike ride. Getting creative with how you entertain yourself or maintain a healthy lifestyle can make it easier to give up the subscriptions.

Shop for the Lowest Prices

From your Wi-Fi to your cable television, you may have a variety of services that you use on a consistent basis. Although it may not be practical to cancel specific services that you use and enjoy, you can lower what you pay each month by shopping around. Contact other providers in the local area to ask about their rates. Don't be afraid to haggle if their prices don't beat what you're currently paying. Many companies may be willing to give you a discount to get your business.

Eat Out Less

It can be easy and convenient to order food while out, but the cost can add up quickly and significantly cut into your budget. With a new addition in your family, it's time to limit how much you dine at restaurants and eateries to limit your spending. It's important to eat more meals at home. Not only will it allow your family to eat healthier, but it can allow you to save hundreds of dollars every month. If you want to treat yourself, opt for taking your family out to eat on the weekends and include it in your budget to avoid getting into debt or putting a strain on your finances.

You can also choose to eat at restaurants that have deals available each month. Many establishments allow younger kids to eat free. Others will send you weekly coupons in the mail or via email if you sign up for a membership. Look for places where you can spend less to ensure it continues to be affordable, like avoiding appetizers or dessert when ordering.

Although it can be expensive to expand your family, some adjustments can be made to ensure its manageable and doesn't cause you to be financially strained. Following a few tips will prove to be effective and can prevent you from having to make too many changes to your family's lifestyle.

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