“I asked mom if I was a gifted child. She said they certainly wouldn't have paid for me.” Bill Watterson.
Your support helps them explore and develop their talents. Giving your children a good start often includes participation in sports, ballet or other extra-curricular activities. Mozart wrote his first music aged five. Most children take a little longer to shine. As this all adds to the family budget, it makes sense to plan how you'll give your children the gift of opportunity.
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The key here is no surprises. So when your daughter announces her end-of-term school trip, you can smile rather than roll your eyes – at least outwardly. By making a plan with a little more to cover the inevitable extras, you can make it easier to say “yes”. The first step is having a robust budget in place. With AMP's budgeting tool you can see your inflows and outflows on a daily, weekly or monthly basis - whatever works for you.
Make the most of your existing cash
Remember that your income isn't just tied to what's coming in the door. It's often easier to adjust your spending than it is to get a raise. Getting to grips with your debts is a good way to get ready for your children's future. Even small changes make a difference over time. Try putting every $5 bill you come across in a jar and see how quickly relatively small amounts can add up.
Offers and rates change over time so you might also review your bill providers, so you're getting a competitive deal on everything from your electricity and broadband to your credit cards. You might also look at your bank and other accounts to make sure they're fit for a growing family.
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