How Having a Baby Changed My Financial Goals

Hello all! Andy Hill here …  We have a new guest post from Logan Allec from Money Done Right. Logan is a CPA, real estate investor, and full-time personal finance blogger. His article below shares how his life changed when he became a father. I can definitely relate! I hope you enjoy!

There’s no question that having a baby changed my life. I just wasn’t quite prepared for the impact it would have on my finances. 

I was definitely prepared for all the expenses of having a newborn. However, I also found myself adjusting my long-term financial goals in a way I hadn’t expected.

If you’re a new parent — or are about to become one — you might find yourself thinking about new financial goals that probably weren’t on your mind before. You might also realize you have a different mindset when it comes to money. 

Everyone’s experience is different, but here’s how the birth of my son changed my own financial goals.

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How Parents Can Get a Legal Will Inexpensively or Free

Have you thought about what would happen to your family if you were no longer alive?

It’s a morbid thought. It’s also something all parents should think about if they want to protect their families. One of the best ways to care for your family after you are gone is to have a will.

Having a will ensures that what you wish for your family will actually happen when you die. It’s a legacy that most don’t like to think about, but is of the utmost importance. 

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Having “The Money Talk” with your Parents as they Get Older – with Cameron Huddleston

As our parents get older, their money problems can sometimes become our problems if we don’t plan ahead. And if we’re raising our children at the same time, there’s a reason they’re calling us the “sandwich generation”.

Today on the show, I have invited Cameron Huddleston to talk to us about how we can have that money talk with our parents and why we need to do it right away.

Cameron is the author of the new book, Mom and Dad, We Need to Talk: How to Have Essential Conversations with Your Parents About Their Finances. She’s also an award-winning personal finance journalist whose work has appeared in the Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, the Chicago Tribune, Yahoo Finance, and MSN.

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Why You Need a Trust to Protect Your Family – with Cody Barbo and Patrick Hicks

As a parent, I’ve always heard that it’s important to have your estate in order. You know … your trust and your will. But since I’ve never felt like I own an “estate”, I haven’t quite gotten everything in order per se.

I invited Cody Barbo and Patrick Hicks from Trust & Will to talk to us about the importance of a trust when it comes to protecting our family wealth and legacy. We also discuss the differences between a will and a trust.

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Budget Your Way to Wealth (Results) & Protect Your Family’s Future

Last month, I threw down a challenge to start living on a monthly budget. This wealth-building habit gives a purpose to every dollar you earn so your money doesn’t go wandering off. That is the essence of a zero-based budget. Every dollar gets a job whether it is for spending, saving, giving or investing. 

If you’re married, it is super helpful to have a monthly get together to discuss your family budget. Discussions around where you’re spending money, things you’re saving up for and, most importantly, what are your long-term dreams for your marriage and your family.

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