Afternoon all, we're doing a feature in PPP about how you can plan for your family's financial future. Now before you nod off, I was wondering if you've set up a savings account for your little one, drawn up a will or thought about life insurance?
We don't have will etc as yet but since last year we have focused on clearing debt so we can give the girls a more stable future and can start to put more money away. They have their £250 trust Fund which I did a bucket load of research into the types of accounts before opening. At the mo we are set to clear just over 10k of debt in 2.5 years then we can start paying into pensions and savings for the girls. Also, my parents put a least £5 each away for them for when they turn 21. (I got my savings from family and I blew it in seconds) I think it is so important to plan your finances and if I'd been a little more mature and sensible a few years ago I probably wouldn't be paying this debt off now. We will be getting wills sorted out but not sure when but I think it's important at the very least to say what you want to happen with your kids if anything should happen to you. It is very gloomy to think about but after a health scare last year it certainly made me think that I needed to have a plan so if anything happened I didn't leave my family in a position were they wouldn't be able to cope. I'm a bit of a spreadsheet nerd too and I find it easier to know what I've got and who is taking some of it so I have all our outgoings for last year, this year and next year on a spreadsheet, including how much is coming in and how much gets filtered to debts. The Trust Fund accounts I did find interesting. A lot of the investment accounts lose the money at such a quick rate. There was an error setting up a savings account for one of my girls and in 20 days they lost 5%. Imagine if I just left that for the first year and didn't check. I know it's money for nothing but it's still money for my little girl. I lot of the companies offering investment accounts show if they are making a profit or loss in general with these type of accounts and it is quite surprising that most show you wont see the money if you leave it for 18 years. But anyway, long waffle over, I think it is very important to plan your finances. Also, when your kiddies get old enough to understand it bit more, it's nice for them to see a good example set and hopefully when our girls leave home they'll know the value of money and be capable of saving rather then I measured money by how many pints it would buy that night at the pub.
me and my partner both have a will and life insurance policeys, dylan who is 8 months has a trust fund what we pay £80 in a month a savings account for his child beneift he has a savings account wha this nan puts in £20 a month and then he has account for all his odds and sods to spend on everyday stuff
Thanks mums! Really appreciate your feedback. Sounds like you've all made some very sensible decisions indeed.
Sorry, I sort of went on one. Lol.
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In my experience even those who have taken steps to provide some protection for their children rarley have the various situations 'covered' especially when it comes to trusts and ensuring monies are paid to the right people at the right age. Also many people have very little protection in place or are paying over the odds for what they do have.
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