Having kids is a great joy, but it also means that you will need to pay for the things they need, whether it be clothes or orthodontics, throughout their lives. Caring for children can be expensive, and it can be hard to pay for the things they need if you don’t plan for them. The best way to cover the various expenses children require is best to budget for them ahead of time.
Budget for Expenses
Creating a budget at the beginning of the year makes it easier to take care of large bills such as trips to the dentist or doctor, and you can even set money aside for things such as a trip somewhere new and exciting.
You will need to figure out what you earn every month and figure out what you have left after paying all of your bills such as utilities, insurance, etc. Then you can budget what you have left.
To create an effective budget, you want to separate expenses into two distinct categories-fixed and variable expenses. You will also need to figure out what each expense will cost.
Fixed and Variable Expenses
Fixed expenses will be an exact amount that stays the same year after year, such as sports fees and tuition, while variable expenses may include things like school supplies, field trips, and school clothes.
Put It on Paper
It can be helpful to create a pie chart or use a worksheet to keep track of where every dollar that you earn is going. A financial planner can also be handy since you can use it to track important financial goals. This will help you to see where your money is going. It also makes it easier to see when you need to make adjustments.
Don’t Overlook the Expenses of the Future
Remember that you will need to budget for future expenses as well, such as higher education, so be sure to contribute to a savings account such as an RESP/529 Plan. Even if you can only put $20 into it every month, it will all add up and help your child gain an education later in their life.
Creating a budget specific to your family will ensure that you will have enough money set aside for the things your children need and eliminates the stress of trying to figure out where the money will come from to pay for things.