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Expecting Money: The Essential Financial Plan for New and Growing Families Paperback – January 1, 2008
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From Publishers Weekly
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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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.
Read my full review: http://money-fax.com/money-fax-com-cook-review-expecting-money/