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24/06/2014 at 13:32
24/06/2014 at 15:50
I totally agree....I will get 90% of my pay for 6 weeks, then half pay plus SMP for 12 weeks and then just SMP for rest of my maternity leave. We have managed to save up some money during our ttc journey and then throughout the pregnancy in order to make up my SMP a little. It is still a worry though and I honestly have no idea how they expect people to go from 2 full time wages to 1 full time wage and SMP and still have all the same bills to pay plus a baby to care for.
I haven't looked in to if we can get any help but I doubt it very much with us both being full time.
My baby is due in September so not long to go now I am trying not to let the money side of things bother me and just deal with them when the time comes. Everyone I have spoke to just say 'you somehow manage' so guess we will see x
24/06/2014 at 18:10
24/06/2014 at 19:27
It's so hard isn't it, I'm on zero hours so as soon as they notice my bump I just won't get any more work........fun!!!!!!!
24/06/2014 at 19:32
24/06/2014 at 19:45
24/06/2014 at 20:17
24/06/2014 at 22:00
You do manage on less, I have 3 children and am having My fourth and I am the breadwinner with dad being the stay at home carer for our youngest daughter. We don't get any benefits at all and I am lucky I have a good job, my maternity pay has just been improved in the last year, 2 years ago it was just 6 weeks at 90% pay then SMP so I had to go back when my little girl was 3 months old. This time it's 9 months paid so I am taking it all!
save as much as you can now and set to a budget and it will really help to have some savings when baby is born.
its a struggle for any parent but having your beautiful baby makes it so worthwhile!
24/06/2014 at 22:34
25/06/2014 at 07:42
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