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The New Parent's Financial Checklist

By Fabric Jan 9, 2017

Are you "all systems go" or about to crash and burn? Checking the right boxes is easier than you think.

Whether this is your first or you're already talking about having another baby, there’s a lot to consider with a new child on the way. You’ve probably got the name covered, but the sooner you can check these other items off the list, the better. Whether you're a single parent or teaming up with a partner to tackle these items, now's the time to focus on your financial priorities for what's to come.

Ask About Employee Benefits

Estimated time - 15 minutes

Odds are your company has a parent-friendly program or two in place that was mentioned to you when you got hired, but didn’t make much of an impression at the time. Things like paid leave, unpaid leave, pre-tax child-care flex-spend accounts, etc are about to become more important. Now is the time to dig in and understand them all. You could easily save thousands in just the first year.

Set Up Health Care for Your Child

Estimated time - 30 minutes

The easiest and likely most cost-effective way to cover your child's healthcare needs is to add them to your existing insurance. Start by calling your current provider or the HR person at your office. Note: This must be done within 30 days of your child’s birth, but can be done well in advance of their arrival.

Get a Will

Estimated time - 10 minutes

It would be easy to put this one off indefinitely. Before a baby arrives, things are much simpler. With a child in the picture though the stakes are higher if you and/or your partner unexpectedly pass away. Without a will in place your child could become a ward of the state or thrust upon a relative who, although they are related, may not be the best person for the job. Fabric can help you create a document in less than 10 minutes, which you can make legally binding (in most states) by printing, signing and getting two people to witness.

Apply for Life Insurance

Estimated time - 5 minutes

Now that someone is depending on you, life insurance is an easy and affordable way to help ensure your family's financial security. Getting covered used to mean talking to an agent and waiting weeks. These days, Fabric makes it easy, letting you sign up for a term life insurance policy online, without needing to speak to an agent.

Create a Simple Budget

Estimated time - 60 minutes

Lots of things are about to change. Without a plan to follow, you could easily fall off track without even knowing it. In addition to all of the things you currently spend money on (rent, utilities, food, cell phone, clothing, entertainment, etc.), make sure your budget includes new lines for childcare, diapers, food and toys. And don't forget to prioritize your relationship even after baby comes (and account for those costs, too).

Open a 529 Account

Estimated time - 20 minutes

College is probably the single most intimidating financial hurdle for many new parents. But it doesn’t have to be. Choose a state-sponsored 529 account. For example, putting away $125 per month and, assuming a 5-7% annual rate of return, you should have roughly enough to pay for a quarter of their education outright, assuming the cost for 4 years of tuition and fees at a private institution is $32,000 annually. Savingforcollege.com can help you find a plan that’s good for you in minutes.

Once you've taken care of the financial to-dos, you can get onto what really matters—those amazing moments with your little one.

Fabric exists to help young families master their money. Our articles abide by strict editorial standards.

This material is designed to provide general information on the subjects covered. It is not, however, intended to provide specific financial advice or to serve as the basis for any decisions. Fabric Insurance Agency, LLC offers a mobile experience for people on-the-go who want an easy and fast way to purchase life insurance.


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