When you have a child, your priorities change. This may seem obvious, but it caught me by surprise when I was a new mom.
My career had always brought me a great deal of satisfaction. I had always loved working, so I had no idea how much I’d want to stay home with my baby during those early years.
When my son was four months old, I went to drop him off at childcare to head off to a business meeting. At the childcare center, I rocked him in a rocking chair and suddenly, tears started rolling down my face. I just couldn’t leave him that day. Finally after about 20 minutes, I packed him back up and headed home instead. Right then, I decided my plans needed to change.
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I’ll never forget holding my infant son in my arms and rocking him back to sleep in the middle of the night by the fireplace. In that moment, life stood still for me.
Whenever I think of those early days, that wonderful memory of holding my tiny boy comes back to me as if it were yesterday, even though it was 28 years ago.
Your life will change a lot in your first year as a parent. As with most life milestones, there are a couple of very important financial moves to make during that time.
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This story originally appeared on Forbes.com as New Parents: Which Comes First, Saving For Your Kid’s College Or Funding Your Retirement?
Saving for college before funding retirement seems like a no-brainer for new parents.
When a new baby is born, you may think, “College is only 18 years away, while retirement is way down the line!” You may even think you’ll never retire at all, so why worry about it now? You certainly don’t want your kids burdened with student loans like you were.
This knee-jerk reaction could pose problems later. Regardless of your gut instinct, saving for retirement comes first.
You may be wondering why a financial planner is discouraging new parents from saving for college — aren’t planners always telling people to save for their goals?
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In this episode of Tightwad Tuesday, I share my story of avoiding a unibrow, fraud alert, and the resulting love connection.
When your paycheck hits your bank account, it might not look like much.
Federal, State, Social Security and Medicare taxes are taken out. Medical, dental and vision insurance and your 401(k) contribution are withdrawn before you even see your check.
Automatic deductions such as your Employee Stock Purchase Plan, car payment and transfer to savings hit, too. Your net pay looks a lot different than your gross pay. Don’t let that fool you though.
When you look at one single net paycheck, your income stream might look small but when you look at how much money you make over your lifetime, it’s astounding!
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Are you looking to make your financial life easier? I just came across a tip you might have heard but forgotten.
Review your credit reports to spot errors – for free.
There are a lot of errors, by the way. A Federal Trade Commission’s study showed 25% of credit reports had errors and 80% of disputed claims produced some kind of modification. Since it is free, it’s worth it. Check your credit report at least once a year.
Guess what? I just got mine and it only took me 5 minutes from start to download. Most of that time was spent answering questions to verify my identity such as streets I’d lived on and dates of financial accounts I’d opened.
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