Guest Blog by Emma R. Cook
Motherhood comes with many new challenges and responsibilities and finding balance is key, especially when it comes to personal finances. Even if you were managing your money easily before motherhood, you’ll want to do the same with your new child. Budgeting with a new baby doesn’t have to be scary. With the right mindset, you can do anything. Here are a few tips for budgeting as a new mom.
Limit your spending
After you welcome your first child into the world, you may be tempted to buy anything and everything—fascinated by the new baby products on the market. Try to make sure you aren’t buying more than you need and wasting your money. Make a list of exactly what items you need to get for your baby and try not to deviate from it. Chances are, many of your friends and family will buy you unexpected gifts.
When it comes to budgeting, coupons are your best friend. With the help of coupons, you’ll be able to find discounts on all sorts of things for you and your baby. Thanks to technology, you can now access coupons without subscribing to your local newspaper. Mobile coupon apps can help save you time and money by connecting you to the best discounts in your area.
There are some items you may need to purchase brand new. However, there are a handful of things that don’t need to be brand new that you can buy at a lower cost—baby gates, clothes, toys, or baby monitors are all great to buy second hand. You can find so many great things that are mildly used from online shops or at a local GoodWill.
Prepare for the unexpected
When you’re adjusting to life with a baby, the last thing you want to be worrying about is a broken dishwasher or refrigerator. Since home repairs can get very expensive and often unexpected, investing in an appliance protection plan has been a life saver for many families.
Learn how to make money from home
Many working moms find themselves needing to get creative when trying to earn some extra money. If you’re worried about making ends meet, there are lots of ways you can earn an income from the comfort of your home.
Here are a few ideas to consider if you’re planning to work from home:
- Virtual Assistant
- Search Engine Evaluator
- Data Entry
- Online Tutoring
- Freelance Writing
- Social Media Manager
Budgeting Properly Will Reduce Stress
Becoming a mother is one of the happiest and most rewarding times of your life. Budgeting helps you stay proactive and plan for the future. Implementing some of the tips above can help you make the most of your experience raising your child, and hopefully alleviate some of the financial pressure that comes with having another mouth to feed.