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Financial security: What to do before starting a family

Financial security, starting family

There’s no denying that starting a family with the love of your life is an exciting prospect. You’re putting down roots with your significant other and can’t wait to see your child (or children) grow up and enjoy their future. But, what plans have you made for their future from a monetary point of view? Let’s talk about financial security.

One fact about life is that nobody knows what will happen in the future. However, you can take steps to ensure your family can lead a financially comfortable existence.

The following are some points to consider before you start a family:

Life insurance provides financial security

Arguably the first step to consider is taking out life insurance coverage with an appropriate amount that provides for your family’s financial future. Before you take out a policy, there are some important points to think about first.

For example, you need to calculate how much is appropriate to cover your family’s ongoing expenses until your offspring are adults. Also, consider how much your family will need to pay off any outstanding debts like a mortgage and loans.

You won’t be around to support your family and provide financial security when you die. Still, you can leave a legacy where your family’s monetary needs get covered for the foreseeable future, and it puts less pressure on your life partner to make up any shortfall.

Pre-paid funeral plan

When you are sadly no longer around, one point to keep in mind is that your family will need to arrange (and pay for) your funeral. The trouble is, funerals aren’t cheap, even for a simple ceremony and cremation.

A pre-paid funeral plan ensures your family doesn’t need to worry about any funeral expenses or even planning the event. That’s because all your wishes get noted down in writing with the funeral director; all your family needs to do is inform them of your passing.

Health insurance and financial security

Life insurance takes care of your family when you’re not around. But, what insurance coverage have you got in place that takes care of you while you’re still here?

If the answer is “none,” seriously consider taking out health insurance. A health insurance policy will cover medical costs if you experience a life-changing injury or illness.

Plus, you won’t need to worry about paying for expensive therapies and treatments to help you recover from any debilitating injuries and conditions. Also, it’s worth getting extras cover to pay for costs like dental work.

Start saving before starting a family

Lastly, it makes sense to save a percentage of your monthly salary if there are any sudden expenses or costs that you’d otherwise struggle to cover in a lump sum. As you can appreciate, there are many savings options available.

You should consider a savings account that offers easy access to your money if you need it for an emergency. The only downside, of course, is that interest rates on such savings accounts aren’t that high.

Still, the idea is that you’ve got money put aside in case you need it suddenly. The interest is a bonus.

Taking the steps for the financial security of those who you love the most is well worth your time and energy. Wishing you all the best as you build a family!

4 thoughts on “Financial security: What to do before starting a family”

  1. Great advice… Especially number two. Because if you are like me, and don’t do it before they are born, you will loose track of time changing diapers and still have it on your to do list when they are 2!

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