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If you want a simple way to ensure the safety, security, and happiness of your family, then consider putting together a sound financial plan. Financial planning now can provide stability through every stage of parenthood and give you some peace of mind. From preparing for the costs of childhood to making yourself comfortable during retirement, here are six steps to securing your family’s financial future.
Take Account of Your Finances
If you are interested in planning your finances, begin by assessing what you have. Your assets can be everything from bank accounts to real estate. Sit down and figure out exactly what assets you have and how much they are all worth. And consider the true cost of owning your home, including your mortgage, utility bills, and property taxes. Depending on your worth, the kind of assets you have, and your expenses, it may be helpful to seek out the advice of a financial expert. In fact, anyone can benefit from the advice of a financial expert when it comes to first-time financial planning.
Prepare for Your Family’s Future
As a parent, you are used to thinking about the future. You’re already taking measures to keep your family healthy and safe, so now is a good time to think about how your future will impact your finances. Savings should be a part of any family’s financial plan. New parents should think about saving for everyday costs and emergency needs for their family. Education costs begin as early as pre-school, so it is wise to be prepared. It’s also never too early to start thinking about college and retirement. One way to save on monthly costs is to reduce what you pay for auto insurance. If you live in a state with high insurance rates, you can lower these rates by bundling your insurance policy with another type of policy, such as home insurance. Other ways to lower costs include being a safe driver, maintaining a high credit score, and avoiding tickets.
Make Life Insurance a Priority
If you do not already have a life insurance policy, you should make getting one a top financial priority. Life insurance will help your family stay financially secure after you pass away. A term policy is ideal, because you’ll only be paying for it for a specific amount of time. This means you’ll need to choose the right length of term based on your age and budget. A 30-year term policy is a popular choice due to its length and affordability; you’ll be paying a set premium for the entire length of the policy, while giving your family and yourself financial peace of mind.
Plan for Healthcare Challenges
Parents typically invest in health insurance, but you may want to invest in more coverage for your family. If you are injured and unable to work for a long period of time, do you have short-term disability coverage? What about long-term care insurance? The costs of a serious injury or needing for long-term care can be staggering, but specialty insurance can help keep your family’s life on track if the unthinkable should happen.
Practice Family Philanthropy
Giving back is a wonderful way to bring your family together for a good cause. Set aside a portion of your income for charitable giving each year or set up monthly donations. Ask for input from your family to determine which causes you will support. You can even ensure your family’s future while giving back with gift options like charitable gift annuities and charitable remainder trusts. Talk with an estate planner or financial advisor to determine what kind of philanthropy will be most beneficial to your family’s future.
Put Together a Will
Writing a will or estate plan can give you peace of mind and give your family financial stability in the future. Work with an estate planner or attorney to draft an estate plan that covers all aspects of your finances. If you have young children, be sure to appoint a guardian and set up some financial safety nets for them. Include any real estate in your will and think about including end-of-life wishes as well. It’s a tough conversation to have, but it’s one that can provide comfort to your family if ever needed.
As a parent, you do everything you can to keep your family safe, secure, and happy. So take the initiative to keep your family financially stable as well. Providing a secure financial future will ensure your children can thrive and grow into healthy, happy adults while allowing you to enjoy all of the years ahead of you.
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Dr. Liz Matheis
Dr Liz Matheis and her team specialize in assisting children and their families with Anxiety, Autism, AD/HD, Learning Disabilities and Behavioral Struggles