Pregnant? Congratulations! You’re probably experiencing a flood of contrasting emotions — scared, excited, nervous and happy. You’re probably also fretting about a long to-do list that includes sorting out a nursery, stocking a nappy bag, buying a pram and car seat, and all sorts of essentials and accessories that will give your bundle of joy the best possible start to life.  

One of the most important things to consider, however, is the financial side, ensuring that you have enough for nappies, any medical expenses, and savings. 

Here’s how to get financially fit before baby arrives. 

  1. Create a budget

    It’s not very exciting, but it’s important to know what your fixed and variable expenses are. See what you can cut out now and look for money saving strategies.

    While you’re pregnant, your budget will need to stretch a bit to fit in doctors’ appointments, maternity clothes and goods for the baby’s room. Your needs might change with each trimester, so adjust your budget accordingly.

    You could also try the 50-20-30 budget method: 50% of your net income should go towards your needs, 30% towards your wants, and 20% to your savings and debt repayments.   
  1. Save

    When you’re a mom, you’ll thank the pregnant you for saving money during these months. While you have so much on your plate, it might be tempting to just put your money anywhere. However, it’s important to find the best savings plan that will do the most with your money, and benefit you and your family.

    Identify the best savings account, such as a fixed deposit account with good interest rates. Ensure that you're earning a market-leading interest rate and that you are investing in a tax-efficient structure.

African Bank's Tax-Free investment account offers both. You can put in as little as R100, and then have the option of withdrawing some or all of your money in the anniversary month (a year after you have made your deposit). You can deposit up to R33 000 per year and up to R500 000 in your lifetime. Your original interest rate never drops, but you can benefit if the interest rates increase.

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