Dealing With Debt While Pregnant

January 16, 2015

Preparing for the arrival of your bundle of joy is exciting, but it can also be overwhelming. Not only will you have to make room for the baby in your life, you’ll also have to make financial room for the added expenses of parenthood. Expenses such as clothes, diapers, formula, baby supplies, and baby furniture will be added to your household budget. These can make dealing with debt very stressful, but it doesn’t have to be. Here are a few tips on how to deal with debt during pregnancy.

7658159678_0041ab3d5e_mReassess Your Budget

First things first: review your budget. If you don’t have a budget, now is the time to create one. A budget is a list of all of your income and expenses broken down in order to help you manage your money. A budget helps you see if you are spending less or more than you earn. Here’s a quick way to create a budget:

  1. Write down everything you earn each month, including your salary, benefits, and other payments.
  2. Write down everything you spend each month on priority debts such as rent or mortgage and utilities. Then, write down everything you spend each month on other day-to-day expenses, such as food, travel, and personal care.
  3. Subtract all of your expenses from your total income. Whatever amount of money is left is considered “disposable” income that you have available to spend on paying off debt, saving, or whatever else you want to do with it.

Reduce Expenses

If you find that you don’t have any disposable income available, you may have to trim down some of your nonessential day-to-day expenses. Reducing expenses may free up money so you can pay down your debt faster by paying more than the minimum required. The best way to reduce expenses is to minimize your budget busters—these include eating out frequently, expensive smartphone plans, or excessive cable bills. Instead of dishing out the dough on things you don’t need, consider …

via – MadamMoney