Congratulations! Whether you're adopting or expecting, your new baby will bring enormous joy into your life.
We can help you make the most of this special time. Here are some suggestions for getting ready for your baby's arrival, adjusting financially to life with your baby, finding time by managing your money more efficiently, protecting your family with life insurance, saving for college and buying a larger house, if necessary.
Remember to keep in mind: Parents manage on a wide range of budgets. Just do the best you can within your budget and have fun with your little miracle!
Shopping for the baby's room can be very exciting! It's important to budget for the costlier necessities, like a crib and car seat. To shop within your limits, most parents find it helpful to create a list of the things they'll need, establish priorities and set a spending limit. Once the necessities are taken care of, you can have fun with toys, wallpaper, etc. Need a little help getting ready? If you're several months away from your baby's arrival, consider setting up a savings account1 for baby expenses. Other good options are a low-interest rate credit card or, if you're a homeowner, a home equity loan or line of credit.
Life with Baby
A baby changes your life in so many ways, so it's important to think about how your financial situation will change. For example, many parents have new expenses that can be considerable like daycare, diapers or infant formula. Families can have a reduced income if one parent stays home part-time or full-time to care for the child. A budget will help you stay on track financially. To get started, add up all the things you'll spend money on in a month. Typical items are food, gas, rent, daycare, diapers, etc. Then subtract these items from your monthly income. Our online budget calculator makes it easy to create and adjust a budget it until it comes out right.
New parents often wonder where their time went. As a new parent, you'll quickly learn how to manage your time differently so you can spend more quality time with your child.
For managing your money, U.S. Bank Internet Banking helps you get more done in less time...and it's FREE. Get your banking done from the comfort of your own home, whenever it's convenient for you - 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. For new parents, that might be during a child's nap or in the middle of the night!
And with U.S. Bank Internet Bill Pay, you can receive, review and pay all your bills online - quickly, safely and easily.
Protecting Your Family
If you already have life insurance, the birth or adoption of a child is a good time to review your coverage. If you don't have life insurance, consider it now. An addition to your family will generally increase your need for life insurance coverage, depending upon:
- Your marital status
- The number of children and their ages
- Your income and debt level
- The value of your assets
- Your financial goals
If you don't already have a will, get professional legal help drafting one. Among other things, a will can document your requests for who should care for your child if something should happen to you.
Need More Space?
It's hard to find a better reason for a bigger home than a new child. Our first-time home buyer programs make it easier than ever to buy a home. We also feature valuable home-buying tips and tools. Perhaps you're adding on? A home equity loan or line of credit is a low-cost source of funds, and the interest may be tax deductible.
Saving For Your Child's Future
Almost two-thirds (62%) of parents of high school students believe a college education is "absolutely necessary" for their children2. If you're among them, it's never too early to begin saving for your child's education. According to the Census Bureau, college graduates earn nearly $1 million more over their lifetimes than those with only high school diplomas.
By starting a college fund now, you'll be able to set aside less each month than if you were to wait until your child is older. For college funding advice, read our related planning article: Financing an Education. To learn more about college planning3 topics, visit our Paying for College and Resource Links pages.
For a variety of useful information, tools and calculators to help you with all your financial management needs, visit our Resources page today.