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Having a Baby

By Daniel Messeca, CFP®

As a new father, Daniel talks about the planning topics that should be addressed as you welcome a new life into your family. (See Daniel's Bio)


  1. Plan for what happens if you're not around anymore by preparing/updating an estate plan and reviewing life insurance needs.
  2. Update any applicable benefits at work – such as adding your newborn to your health insurance, reviewing disability insurance, and evaluating whether a Flexible Spending Account may be right for you.
  3. Talk about your budget! Increase emergency reserves as needed and adjust tax withholding to maximize cash inflow.

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  1. Funding college plans at the expense of your own retirement savings.
  2. Not planning ahead. You won’t have the time or desire to address finances when you are knee deep in child care.
  3. Overspending on the baby. Seriously – your baby did not need that pair of Gucci jeans.


  • www.upromise.com – This service allows you to earn cash back from certain vendors to fund college
  • www.mint.com – Mint allows you to monitor your budget as you start to incur new expenses related to the baby
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