Family finances

News and opinion about family finances. Also hints and tips about how to manage finances and what you should be considering as a mum or dad.

Worrying about life insurance? The Post Office has it covered.

When a baby arrives on the scene, mum and dad have a huge amount to worry about. It’s quite understandable, especially if it’s their first child.

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Here I am with a very young Izzy. When she was born, I was thinking about many other things aside from life insurance.

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The cost of family life

A dad I know  once gave me a fascinating insight into the true cost of family life. He was reeling off a list of items he was buying his teenage kids for Christmas.

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You expect babies to be expensive, but I’m sure the cost of family life is greater when your children are in school. Photo credit: Mrs Adams

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Groupon: There’s an online discount code for EVERYTHING

When you think about online discount codes, what do you think of? I generally think of cheap hotel deals, maybe money off a meal or getting an electrical item cheaper than on the High Street.

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Doing a spot of online shopping? You can find online discount codes for just about anything on Groupon, saving your family a lot of money. Pic credit: Sergey Zolkin on Unsplash

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What’s it like, earning less than my wife?

I often get asked how I feel about earning less than my wife and what it’s like being married to a woman who provides materially for the family. For many people it is novel to meet a couple like Mrs Adams and I, where she goes out to work whereas he stays at home and does the domestic stuff and bulk of the childcare.

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I wish I could tell you Mrs Adams looked this joyful as she went about her work, supporting her family.

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Once a parent, forever a parent

A few years ago, my mother told me she worries about my brothers and I more now we’re adults than she did when we were kids. As adults, the money troubles, relationship troubles and issues with our own children trump any concerns she had for us when we were youngsters and her concerns prove that once a parent, you are forever a parent.

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Izzy and I build a tower out of coins. It’s a creative way to get her thinking about money and saving for the future.

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