As any normal couple with an unplanned pregnancy, saving money is really going to become key in order to make our lives easier. Especially because I will not be making a salary for three months at minimum. NY state does not require paid maternity leave 😦
Some things that we are working on are:
- Joining Swagbucks. For the last few years I put this off thinking that it would spam me but now that I see it’s so highly reviewed, I finally decided to try it. In just two days I have made 230 Swagbucks! Woot! Click to join Swagbucks here.
- Personal savings, we made an agreement to contribute a percentage of our earnings to a joint account (in addition to our individual savings). Until we find a good deal for an account, we have been keeping it at home. Any recommendations for banks with deals for opening accounts? Unfortunately, interest rates have not been high recently.
- Increasing contribution to 401k so that less of our income is subject to taxes (aka bigger tax return next year)
- Following blogs like Money Saving Mom for coupons and deals.
What did you do to increase your savings for a child? or a house? or any upcoming major life event? Please share below 🙂