12
November
2018

The Happiest of Times can also be the most stressful

Starting a family comes with its own set of money challenges

There is a common situation that many of my clients go through when, all of a sudden, things aren’t as financially comfortable as they once were. No longer are you able to save, in fact, you might see your savings decline, you find yourself foregoing small luxuries and you feel like you are treading water or even going backwards financially.

The period I’m talking about is the life stage when you start a family. Financially, this is one of the hardest parts of your life. In most cases one partner has a period where they don’t work and quite often this is followed by a period of reduced work. This obviously leads to reduced income, often for an extended amount of time.

Furthermore, for many couples, they also need to place their children in childcare. I don’t have to tell anyone with children how expensive this is, even with the childcare subsidy. This expense is usually only second to the mortgage on most families budgets!

There are a lot of new expenses associated with starting a family. The big-ticket items like baby furniture, prams and car seats aren’t cheap, but ongoing expenses like nappies, formula, toys and baby clothes also increase continuing costs. This is especially true if you are like my wife and I where every toy and cute outfit seems like a necessity. Thankfully, some expenses like eating out decrease to virtually zero for obvious reasons.

It’s no wonder that, for most people in this stage of life, things aren’t as easy as they once were financially (in many other ways as well).

The first thing I tell clients during this phase is, not to worry, this is the most difficult time in your life financially (again, in many other ways as well) so don’t panic and don’t be concerned if your wealth creation plans are stalling. If you are using your savings during this period, that’s fine, this is the purpose of having savings. We build wealth so we can maintain lifestyle during periods of reduced income or increased expenses, starting a family is one of these times.

In an ideal world, it is best to build wealth in order to be prepared for changes in income and expenses. In the event that you haven’t, there are some options to help get you through this period. Reworking your budget, reducing some discretionary spending and moving to interest only for your mortgage repayments are some options that may alleviate financial pressure in this chapter of your lives.

Starting a family is a wonderful experience and the financial challenge is a small price to pay.

Author; Alex McKenzie Categories: Future Financial Services Blog

About the Author

Alex McKenzie

Alex McKenzie

Owner at Future Financial Services

Past:

  • Paraplanner at Zammit Partners Investments
  • Unit Trust Administrator at Colonial First State

Education

  • University of Western Sydney
  • Penrith High

About

As a Financial Planner I help people to achieve what they would like in life. This involves helping you to identify the things in life they would like , developing plans to help achieve them and strategies to protect what you already have. We do this by providing Financial Advice to guide you through your life stages.

The financial planning process involves determining a clients current situation and financial objectives and tailoring strategies to assist in best achieving those objectives.

I am an expert in superannuation, investments and insurance, these are tools we use to help you achieve your goals.

I aim to use my knowledge of superannuation, taxation and Centrelink to efficiently use your assets and income to achieve your financial goals.

Retirement and pre-retirement planning, wealth creation, asset protection, insurance planning and estate planning are all areas of advice that I provide.

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