financial planning for children

Budgeting for Baby

Expecting a new arrival? Learn how to budget for your growing family, including child care, insurance, and parental leave. Starting a family is truly one of life’s most fulfilling experiences. Unfortunately, it can also be among the most expensive. Many parents could spend more than $200,000 during a child’s first 18 years. As you consider your growing family’s fiscal needs, …

50%, 20%, 30%: A Money Rule to Consider

One rule that can help you budget your income. Try the 50/20/30 technique for managing your household money. Applied over time, it may improve your financial picture. Here’s how you can do it: Assign 50% of your income to essential expenses. Think food, rent, transportation costs, and utilities. Try to avoid using up more than half your monthly income for …