Family means different things, but whoever you have around you, it's good to plan.
Planning around families
Our lives are mapped out by moments of reality that need planning, taking time off work through choice or necessity, children, education, separation, second families.
And while these draw on our money, we’d never deny financing these events once we have the means. Having the means comes with good planning, budgeting and saving.
The joy of children is in those precious moments. The first steps, the crayon drawings, the gaming console, music rehearsals, graduation. It takes planning and hard work to make each of those perfect moments.
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When relationships break down they put a strain not just on our emotions, but on finances too. Often the most difficult arrangements to agree with a former partner are the finances. Inevitably there will be reduced income, split resources, new individual accounts and perhaps as time moves on, new partners and families to consider.
We all make a plan for education: what school, what course, what university? Education gets more expensive as children move through the levels and even university can extend to post graduate. All the while your child relies on your money for longer. It makes sense to plan it out well in advance and make sure there’s money available to invest in education.
If you are considering learning yourself, a career break is a good means of creating opportunity to earn more, but it takes a sacrifice in income. With money set aside you’ll be better able to smooth out the highs and lows of income.
Taking time out for education, caring for children longer than parental leave, or caring for an elder. A planned career break can be all the more manageable if there’s no financial pressure.
There are also times when we break from our career through no choice of our own. A redundancy, pay cut, closure. We don’t see these things coming, but having a cushion built up through saving or careful budgeting will help.
Budgeting for the family
Try estimating future costs and income and working out how to finance, or save the difference. It's the sort of planning that gets you ready for life's twists and turns.