5 financial things to consider before child planning. All you need to know
Both life and wallet will never be the same once you decide to have a baby. No event in your life will signify financial change quite the way this one does, from the first prenatal appointment to the day of their college graduation (and beyond).
5 financial things to consider before child planning
1. Create a budget
Before you start child planning, you need to have a budget in place. You and your partner may need to create a realistic budget based on your expenses and your streams of income. Once you know how much you can afford to spend, you will be able to tackle the costs easily.
A new child is a new family member that needs space! So if you need extra space once the baby is born, figure out what kind of home you can afford, whether it’s a slightly larger apartment, a warm cottage, or a pricey house.
Will you want the latest baby things or your sister’s passed-on ones? Think about what sort of child care would you require and get candid with your expenses before you start making any purchases.
2. Costs associated with birth
As new parents, you need prenatal vitamins, alternative therapies, labor and delivery alternatives, and screening tests. Give yourself enough time to change or upgrade insurance plans should you need more comprehensive coverage.
Good health insurance is vital in this economy. Hospital bills, medical fees, and maternity costs can be high. According to estimates from the industry, a straightforward delivery could cost between Rs 50,000 and Rs 70,000, but a private specialty hospital could charge up to Rs 2-3 lakh.
A cesarean delivery could result in a cost rise of up to Rs 4-5 lakh. Before having a kid, you should make financial arrangements for the costs associated with the delivery and child care.
3. Consider maternity leave
The vast majority of Indian employees are not entitled to paid family leave. If the mother is employed, you might need to think about taking a lengthier (unpaid) maternity leave or a sabbatical for a year or two. This can be a huge financial loss for families that rely on both streams of income.
Paid parental leave is not always an option. Find out if your workplace offers paid leave for new parents and if there are any policies in your favor that you can utilize.
Determine the number of weeks covered and the proportion of your salary that is used. Do you have to use your sick and vacation days first?
If you don’t have access to paid time off or you’re going to take more unpaid time off, you might want to cut costs or rely on your savings.
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4. Purchase life and health insurance
You’ll want your child to be stable financially if something were to happen to you or your partner. A life insurance policy can assist pay for things like child care, housekeeping, cooking, and more.
Purchasing maternity insurance is the first action you can take to cover maternity costs. When purchasing health insurance, (even for a couple), it is important to confirm that the policy includes coverage for maternity costs and, if applicable, any applicable waiting periods. Additionally, by paying a larger rate, you might add pregnancy coverage to a current insurance policy.
Buying health insurance is most important when considering having a child. Get your health covered in your plan so that you are not financially burdened in case of a health emergency.
5. Plan for child’s education
Just like the prices of lemons and oranges are growing, the cost of education is skyrocketing. Saving for your child’s college is a necessity. When it comes to saving money for college, time and compound interest are your best friends.
Even while inflation is an unavoidable fact, keep in mind that education inflation is far higher. Utilizing the force of compounding is one approach to combat this, but it will only be effective if you have a long-term strategy in place.
You indeed have no idea what career path your child will take, but you still need to put aside a portion of capital that can be utilized when the time comes.
Right now, you need to think about the type of education you would like to offer because the practical costs of studying engineering in India vs the US would be very different.
From giving birth to seeing them off to college, watching your child grow and thrive is every parent’s dream! So give those dreams wings by planning ahead and investing for their bright future!