As a parent, you want your child to grow up to become a financially savvy adult who knows how to be responsible with his or her money. Learning how to manage money is a critical life skill, and so it’s never too early to start teaching your child about finances.
However, managing finances as an adult can be daunting, and introducing kids to financial management may seem even harder or more intimidating. Our Gerber Life “Age-by-Age Guide” is designed to help parents turn daily activities into opportunities for teaching kids about money. Ages shown are approximations, since each child develops and learns at different rates.
Perhaps the biggest financial decision we make in life is whether to buy or rent a home, be it a house, townhouse, condo, co-op or multi-family dwelling. It is not a decision to be taken lightly and it involves numerous factors, including for new or expecting parents who may need more space and are looking to provide stability for a growing family.
Every family’s situation is unique. There isn’t a one-size-fits-all answer. When deciding between renting vs. buying a home, and the timing, start by asking yourself the following questions:
- How long do I plan to live in this location?
- What are my future plans, both short-term (within the next 5 years) and long-term (five or more years from now)?
- Do I have enough money to buy a home or would I need to get mortgage financing, and do I have enough additional money to cover expected and unexpected expenses?
The joys of becoming a parent and moving from “me” to “us” and “we” can be an incredible moment for many people. Along with the joys of new parenthood comes a growing sense of responsibilities, some of them obvious. Your newborn needs constant care – the need to be fed and bathed and looked after at all times. Other responsibilities can be less obvious, such as the importance of financial and estate planning.
As your family grows, financial security becomes more of a priority as you aim to make sure that your loved ones have money to meet basic needs, no matter what happens to you.
Here are three ways to start building family financial security:
Approximately 55 million people in the United States own a United States savings bond, according to the Bureau of the Fiscal Service of the Department of the Treasury. Savings bonds can be considered an investment in the future, and can be used toward any future expense such as school tuition, or a child’s first car or first home.
Frequently, overspending and the holidays seem to go hand-in-hand. It can be easy to get caught up in the holiday spirit and lose track of how much you are spending. For people who are on a tight budget, the holiday season can cause a lot of stress when trying to stretch a dollar and give a gift to everyone on “the list.”
Being frugal during the holidays, however, does not have to mean finding cheap or low-quality gifts. The key is to look for opportunities and creative solutions, to get the most for your money without having to sacrifice good taste.
Here are some tips for finding holiday gifts on a budget: