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Expecting Money: The Essential Financial Plan for New and Growing Families Paperback – January 1, 2008

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Starred Review. 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

Erica Sandberg 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.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 242 pages
  • Publisher: Kaplan Publishing; Original edition (January 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1427795940
  • ISBN-13: 978-1427795946
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,709,439 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Melissa Schad on March 25, 2008
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This book includes every aspect of finance that couples face. I am expecting my first baby in June and am so glad I did this review before my baby is born- I am going to avoid some unexpected problems! Erica's writing style is really easy to understand, unlike a lot of financial books, and her own experience really comes through. The worksheets are easy to complete, and again, make the picture a lot clearer!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K. Farone on May 9, 2010
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This book went into a lot of details, some I didn't need but I'm sure some of the details others really do need to read. So I'd recommend this book to everyone. Some parts you may want to skim over, but the good thing about that is that everything is included!And it's your option if you want to skim over it or not. I REALLY enjoyed the chapter on registering and buying for baby. It reminds you to keep to the basics, does a baby really need a $40 wipe warmer?
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Sandberg walks parents through financial assessment checklists, goals, and expectations, and helps get parents thinking about how they want to raise their children in terms of monetary diligence. She helps you define your own money values and identify how those will translate into the life skills experience of your new expectant child. Part of this assessment isn’t just in the typical budget spreadsheets, but also a Desire-Or-Require Worksheet.

My favorite part is when she takes the time to redefine the population as “contributors” instead of “consumers.” This, she says, will encourage your family to think in terms of giving and saving instead of using and taking.

Sandberg has done everything in her power to make planning your family’s future a great experience, rather than an overwhelming and daunting one. She encourages her readers to tackle everything sooner rather than later, be honest with your predicaments, needs, and expectations.

Even though the book is geared toward new parents, there is a chapter regarding future plans, including vacations and college. The book as a whole is a great financial planning resource that should be present at every baby shower.

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I bought several of these books and include one with whatever standard baby shower gift I give and I have always received very positive feedback. Just like with getting married, people get caught up in the wedding and not the marriage and with babies people think about warm cuddly bundles of joy and not the huge financial drain and strain they bring with them. This book is a gentle reminder and practical guide to help new parents and parents to be get on solid footing. Brava to Ms. Sandberg for shining a light on a subject that most prospective parents don't think about enough.
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