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Baby budget 101

It’s an almost unavoidable fact – babies come with an extensive shopping list. But with a bit of planning there’s no need to feel daunted. Setting up a dedicated savings account could also be a good way to get prepared.

Changes in income

If you or your partner goes on maternity or paternity leave, your household income could take a knock, so it’s important to take stock of your financial situation. You can use our online budgeting tool to get a thorough insight into your incomings and expenses.

Thinking ahead to the first few years

Even though your mind might be occupied with setting up your home with a new baby in mind, some forward planning beyond the baby years is also a good idea. By doing some financial preparation now, you could be in a good position in years to come.

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Private Health Insurance

If you don’t have private health insurance and are thinking about having a baby, there may be a waiting period from the time you take out the cover. It’s important you find out how long this is. Even if you already have private health insurance, take the time now to review your options and take any waiting period into consideration.

Family decisions

Talking to your partner today could make a big difference in the long run. Think about who’ll be the primary caregiver and who’ll continue working and how your financial goals and priorities might change. It might seem like a lot to cover off, but it can help make the way ahead clear for both of you.

Government assistance

Do your research to see if you’re eligible for any government help – it could make a huge difference. This includes potential government benefits such as Parental leave Pay^, Family Tax Benefit^ or Dad and Partner Pay^.

Your new family member

When you’ve taken into account hospital costs, clothing, setting up your home and any ongoing medical bills, the first 12 months are likely to be costly. So the sooner you start thinking about your finances, the better.  Adding money to a savings account or putting more into an offset account could be a great option. You could also talk to one of our BT Advisors or take a look at your budget with our online budgeting tool.

On our 200th anniversary, every child born in 2017 is eligible for $200.

If your parent opens a Westpac Bump Savings account in your name between 8 April 2017 and 31 May 2018, we’ll deposit $200 into it which you can withdraw when you’re 16*. Because you may not be with us yet, but we’re proud supporters of you from day one.

Conditions apply. Express interest

How we could help

Protection against the unexpected

With Life Insurance, you can have peace of mind knowing your family will be taken care of should things take an unfortunate turn.

Preparing for the next chapter

A qualified financial adviser could help you get your finances in good shape for your next life stage.

A place to call home

A new family member may mean it’s time to upgrade or renovate your home. Our Home Loans could help.

Getting a Super boost

Check if your employer makes contributions while you’re on parental leave and also consider partner contributions.

Things you should know

The information on our website is prepared without knowing your personal financial circumstances. Before you act on this, please consider if it's right for you. If you need help, call 132 032.

*Offer may be withdrawn or extended at the bank’s discretion. The child must be born in 2017 and have a permanent Australian residential address. The account must be opened in the child’s name by the parent or legal guardian. $200 will be deposited if the Westpac Bump Savings account is opened and the child’s identity verified by 31 May 2018. Deposit will be made within 3 business days of ID verification. $200 offer limited to one per person. $200 will be available to withdraw in the month the child turns 16 and will be forfeited if the account is closed prior. Read the terms and conditions available from 8 April 2017 at before making a decision and consider whether this product is appropriate for you.

Credit criteria, conditions, fees and charges apply.^

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