Any parent wants to make good decisions when it comes to finances. However, it can be really easy to make money mistakes that can seriously impact your family finances. Understanding these can help you to avoid them. 

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Let’s have a look at some of the most common money mistakes below: 

Overspending On The Kids 

Parents want their children to have the best. It can be extremely easy to fall into a financial trap in order to satisfy your children wants. However, spoiling your children could have a negative impact on your children’s behaviour. It’s also possible that you damage your monthly budget by trying to purchase the newest tech and gadgets for your kids. Focus on what your children need, and throw in a few extras every now and again but don’t go overboard. 

Trying To Live Beyond Their Means 

It’s far to easy for parents to fixate on the way they think their life should be. Parents can get caught up thinking that they need to take their kids on luxury holidays, and overspend on their budget to do this. You are only going to provide the best for your family if you’re not constantly trying to overspend in order to reach goals. An easy way to resolve this is to follow a budget, and ignore what other parents are doing. 

Not Having A Budget In Place

A budget helps you to manage your bills and any unexpected financial requirements. It’s advisable for parents work with a budget rather than trying to wing it each month. Working on a budget can help to ensure you have emergency savings, college savings, and a retirement plan. If you have large amounts of outstanding debt, you may want to think about putting a management plan in to place. Look at resources like Debt to Success System – DTSS Complete Freedom & Debt Discharge Membership Programs and consolidation loans. 

Not Setting Up An Emergency Fund

Many parents fail to properly prioritise their savings. This usually results in a serious money mistake. Something that people only realise they have made when they are faced with an emergency. All parents should set up an emergency fund for things like emergency trips, car repairs, house repairs, and medical bills. You should ideally factor this into your monthly budget and have it as part of everyday living. Just start off small and it will soon add up to a larger amount. 

Not Having Life Insurance 

No parent wants to think about being taken away early from their family, however, it does unfortunately happen. Therefore when you have a family it is important to make sure that your family is protected if the worst was to happen. You should ideally insure yourself for around ten times your yearly income. This can then be used to handle debt, pay the mortgage, and pay bills. 

It is possible to put past money mistakes behind you, you just need to recognise them first. Many parents get stuck in the trap of trying to provide the best for their children and try to fork out too much trying to provide above and beyond. 

This is a contributed post




Claire Kirby

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