From Publishers Weekly
In her introduction, certified credit counselor Sandberg writes, When I became pregnant with my daughter Lillian, I was caught off-guard by how little I—someone who has been in the personal finance field for over a decade—knew about the monetary aspects of pregnancy and new parenthood. This book is Sandberg's response to that uncertainty, a compilation of the advice that she craved for herself. Sandberg opens with familiar chapters like The Meaning of Money and The Dangers of Debt that prepare readers for an uncluttered financial picture going into familyhood. The different needs of different families are addressed in chapters like On the Double: Partner Issues and On Your Own: Single Solutions. Most valuable of all, Sandberg costs out what new parents need to spend on the average (U.S.) baby's clothing, child care and other basic needs, even going so far as to compare the costs for different birthing options. Later she compares types of day care and analyzes different ways of meeting long-term needs. These concrete details are what make this book most valuable and helpful for new parents who need real numbers and facts to plan out their family's financial future. (Jan.)
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About the Author
is a prominent money management authority with more than a decade of experience advising consumers, businesses, the media, and in courts of law. Through her work at Consumer Credit Counseling Service of San Francisco, she has helped thousands improve their financial standing. She is the on-air expert for KRON and other Bay Area affiliates, and provides comment for such national news outlets as NPR, PBS, Money
magazine, MarketWatch, and BusinessWeek
. She is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley's personal financial planning program, a certified credit counselor, and a member of the Financial Planning Association of San Francisco. She lives in San Francisco with her family.