How to budget for a baby

While Australia's birth rate isn't as high as it used to be, we still introduced just over 300,000 new humans to our lives over the course of 20231. Starting a family is a huge step in your life - for many, they realise nothing is the same as soon as they decide to become parents.

Home is where the heart is

First things first, do you have a home that can accommodate a new baby? For some, you'll want a longer-term abode, with at least a couple of bedrooms. In doing this, you may want to consider how far away from work you will be. Recent data has shown that it's possible to get a two bedroom unit in, say Wollongong, for around $670,0002 (the median price - check the link below for your part of the country). Find out what you might be able to afford with an IMB home loan according to your income and budget.

Alternatively, you may wish to consider entering a long-term rental agreement if you have decided to rent. If you're staying there for the long term, then you may wish to think about local infrastructures such as schools, hospitals, shopping areas and parks nearby especially if this is likely to be your home for a while.

Working out the work

To begin with, you could start tracking what you spend before you have a baby, and factor in the costs involved once you have a child: doctors' fees, extra food, transport, care costs, even nappies could be included. When your first baby is born, your financial goals may change significantly. Where your investments might have previously been a focus, you may now want to concentrate on putting savings aside for education or a rainy day fund for your child. Who will work, whether you will work part time or full time, and how much you will then be able to earn are important considerations for your family.

Are you falling short or have money left over? You may wish to go back to drawing board with work or living situations. If you want to clarify banking or financial opportunities and assess whether you have the right banking products for you now, and the long term, don't hesitate to give the team at IMB a call.

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1. Australian Bureau of Statistics


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