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Work out the costs of having a baby

Working out the cost of having kids.

For many young couples who are planning to spend the rest of their lives together, one of the main priorities on their minds is starting a family. There are many couples who would like nothing more than to be able to start a family unit but these days it is important to take into consideration the cost of having kids. In fact, this is something that needs to be considered not only by young couples who are thinking of starting a family but also by couples who already have children but are thinking of having more.

Whilst having kids is undoubtedly a wonderful, life changing experience for couples, the cost associated with having children cannot be ignored. Having kids without thinking about the cost will not only impact upon your own quality of life but also on that of your children. Planning and preparation is important for those who want to have children and part of this is to work out the cost of having kids.

Some people who do try and work out the cost of having kids make the mistake of only thinking about the initial costs associated with having kids. However, you need to bear in mind that you will be looking after and paying for your kids for many years to come – traditionally close to two decades and sometimes more! Therefore, you need to think over the long term rather than just looking at the first couple of years.

Some of the costs associated with having kids

There are many different costs that you need to take into consideration when having kids. Although the first child tends to be the most expensive, as most parents have to buy everything new rather than using second hand goods and hand me downs, all kids are going to cost you and the older they get the more you will end up spending on them in most cases!

Although there may be various benefits and rebates that you can claim as a parent, you will find that the amount that you need to spend compared to the amount that you can claim is far higher. Some of the necessary and common costs that are associated with having kids include:

  • Initial costs: The initial costs can be high when you have a child, particularly if it is your first child, as this means that there will be no hand me downs or pre-used items that you may have purchased for kids that you had previously. Costs include clothing, items such as bottles and sterilisers, cots and carriers, car accessories for transporting baby around, baby food and the variety of other products you need for feeding, bathing, clothing and looking after your new baby. When you have subsequent children, the initial costs are often much lower, as you will already have many of the items you need from your first child
  • Clothing and food: Remember that you will be paying for clothing and food for your child not just when he or she is a baby but as they grow older and until they reach adulthood and can fend for themselves. This can be a huge drain on the finances, particularly given the high cost of living
  • Educational costs: You will need to consider the educational costs involved in raising a child, even if he or she just goes to a standard school. The cost of education also extends beyond the school years, as you also need to think about the cost of college or university for your child in order to give them the best start in adult life
  • Other costs: There are many other costs that you will need to bear in mind when planning to have and raise kids, all of which can have a huge impact on finances. This includes everything from buying toys, books and ensuring that you are in appropriate accommodation to suit your family unit to paying for school trips, helping out with a car or other larger purchases later in life and more

Of course, the actual costs involved with having kids can vary based on your own individual circumstances but the above are just some of the common and necessary costs that are linked to having and raising a child. Many couples who are better off than the average couple in terms of their finances believe that they are in a better position to have and raise children financially, which may be true to some degree.

However, often those who have more money tend to spend more money on bringing up their child, such as paying for designer clothes or private education, which again can have the same impact as more modest spending by parents on lower incomes.

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Maximum Variable Rate p.a. Standard Variable Rate p.a. Bonus Interest p.a. Fees Min Bal / Min Deposit Monthly Account Fee
Bank of Queensland WebSavings Account
Introductory rate of 2.90% p.a. for 4 months, reverting to the standard rate of 1.30% p.a. Available on balances up to $5,000,000 and subject to approval above this balance.
2.90% 1.30% 1.60% $0 $0 / $1 Go to site More
ING Savings Maximiser
Ongoing, variable 2.80% p.a. when you link to an ING Orange Everyday bank account and deposit $1,000+ each month and make 5+ card purchases a month. Available on balances up to $100,000.
2.80% 1.15% 1.65% $0 $0 / $0 Go to site More
AMP Saver Account
Introductory rate of 2.55% p.a. for 4 months, reverting to a rate of 2.10% p.a. Available on balances below $5,000,000.
2.55% 2.10% 0.45% $0 $0 / $0 Go to site More
Bankwest Hero Saver
Ongoing, variable 2.60% p.a. rate when you deposit at least $200 each month and make no withdrawals. Available on balances up to $250,000.
2.60% 0.01% 2.59% $0 $0 / $0 Go to site More
Bank Australia Bonus Saver Account
Ongoing, variable 2.60% p.a. when you deposit at least $100 and make no withdrawals. Available on the entire balance.
2.60% 0.15% 2.45% $0 $0 / $1 Go to site More
HSBC Serious Saver
Introductory rate of 3.00% p.a. for 4 months, reverting to a rate of 1.60% p.a. Available on balances below $1,000,000.
3.00% 1.60% 1.40% $0 $0 / $0 Go to site More
AMP Bett3r Account - Save Account
Earn a competitive, ongoing rate of up to 2.25% p.a. and set personal savings goals. Receive linked Pay and Spend accounts to help manage your money effortlessly.
2.25% 1.50% 0.75% $0 $0 / $0 Go to site More
RaboDirect High Interest Savings Account (SMSF)
Introductory rate of 2.70% p.a. for 4 months, reverting to a rate of 1.90% p.a. Available on balances below $250,000
2.70% 1.90% 0.80% $0 $0 / $0 Go to site More
HSBC Flexi Saver Account
Ongoing, variable 2.50% p.a. when you deposit $300+ each month (other conditions apply). Available on balances up to $5,000,000.
2.50% 1.25% 1.25% $0 $0 / $0 Go to site More
Citibank Online Saver
Introductory rate of 2.85% p.a. for 4 months, reverting to a rate of 1.70% p.a. Available on balances below $500,000.
2.85% 1.70% 1.15% $0 $0 / $0 Go to site More
RaboDirect SMSF PremiumSaver
Ongoing, variable 2.15% p.a. when you link to an RaboDirect High Interest Savings Account and increase your balance by $200+ each month. Available on balances up to $250,000.
2.15% 0.90% 1.25% $0 0 / $0 Go to site More
Westpac Life
Ongoing, variable 2.30% p.a. each month you deposit money, and make sure your balance is higher at the end of the month than it was at the beginning. No monthly account-keeping fee.
2.30% 1.50% 0.80% $0 $0 / $0 Go to site More
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Debit Card Access ATM Withdrawal Fee Fee Free Deposit p.m. Details Monthly Account Fee
NAB Classic Banking
Impressive digital perks. $0 monthly account fee. Tap and pay with your NAB Visa Debit card, NAB Pay for Android or NAB PayTag for iPhone. Temporarily block your card at the touch of a button if you lose it.
Visa $0 $0 $0 account keeping fees with no deposit conditions. Unlimited free withdrawals at NAB and rediATMs. Go to site More
ING Orange Everyday Account
$75 cash bonus. $0 monthly account fees. Receive a $75 cash bonus if you open a new Orange Everyday account, enter the promotional code and deposit at least $1,000 within a calendar month and make 5+ card purchases (T&Cs apply). Get a competitive ongoing variable rate when linked with an ING Savings Maximiser.
Visa $0 $1,000 ING charges no ATM withdrawal fees and offers a rebate on any third-party ATM fees and international transaction fees when you deposit $1,000 and make 5+ card purchases a month. Go to site More
AMP Bett3r Account - Pay Account
Manage your budget effectively with a bundle of accounts. $5 waivable monthly account fee. Monthly account fee waived if you deposit at least $2,000 a month from a source that is not another AMP bank account. Enjoy linked individual Pay, Spend and Save accounts to reach your savings goals.
Visa $0 $2,000 $0 account keeping fees if you deposit at least $2,000 per month. Otherwise, a $5 monthly fee applies. Unlimited free withdrawals at rediATMs in Australia. Go to site More
HSBC Everyday Global Account
No foreign ATM or transaction fees. $0 monthly account fee. Enjoy no minimum ongoing balance or transaction requirements and the flexibility to hold up to 10 currencies.
Visa $0 $0 Go to site More
Bank of Melbourne Complete Freedom
A flexible option for those living in Victoria. Manage your budget with a spend tracker and pay with Samsung Pay. $5 waivable monthly account fee. Monthly account fee waived if you deposit at least $2,000 a month, are under 21 or if you meet other eligibility criteria.
Visa $0 $2,000 $0 account keeping fees if you deposit at least $2,000 per month. Otherwise, a $5 monthly fee applies. Unlimited free withdrawals at Bank of Melbourne, St.George, Westpac and BankSA ATMs. Go to site More
NAB Classic Banking with Platinum Visa Debit Card
1% cashback on contactless purchases, $0 foreign transaction fee and complimentary travel insurance. $10 waivable monthly account fee. Complimentary travel insurance, transport accident insurance, purchase protection insurance and more when you meet eligibility criteria. Book travel and restaurants through NAB's 24/7 Concierge Service.
Visa $0 $0 $10 account keeping fees with no deposit conditions. Unlimited free withdrawals at NAB and rediATMs. Go to site More
HSBC Day to Day Transaction Account
Open an account and easily switch your regular payments over from your current bank. $0 monthly account fee. Through your linked Visa debit card, you can access exclusive shopping, travel and restaurant deals here and abroad through HSBC's home&Away Privilege Program.
Visa $0 $0 $0 account keeping fees. Unlimited free withdrawals at over 3,000 HSBC, Westpac, St.George, Bank of Melbourne and BankSA ATMs. Go to site More
St.George Complete Freedom Account
Pay with Samsung Pay & manage your budget with the St.George Spend Tracker. $5 waivable monthly account fee. Monthly account fee waived if you deposit at least $2,000 a month, are under 21 or if you meet other eligibility criteria.
Visa $0 $2,000 $0 account keeping fees if you deposit at least $2,000 per month. Otherwise, a $5 fee applies. Unlimited free withdrawals at St.George, Westpac and BankSA ATMs. Go to site More
Westpac Choice
Complimentary Student or Youth Discount Card $5 waivable monthly account fee. Monthly account fee waived if you deposit at least $2,000 a month, are under 21 or if you meet other eligibility criteria. Full-time students and those aged 31 and younger save thousands on travel and experiences through the complimentary Student Discount Card
Mastercard $0 $2,000 $0 account keeping fees if you deposit at least $2,000 per month. Otherwise, a $5 monthly fee applies. Unlimited free withdrawals at St.George, Westpac, Bank of Melbourne and BankSA ATMs. Go to site More
ANZ Access Advantage
Pay with Apple Pay, Google Pay & Samsung Pay. $5 waivable monthly account fee. Monthly account fee waived if you deposit at least $2,000 a month, are under 25 or if you meet other eligibility criteria.
Visa $0 $2,000 $0 account keeping fees if you deposit at least $2,000 per month. Otherwise, a $5 monthly fee applies. Unlimited free withdrawals at ANZ ATMs. Go to site More
BankSA Complete Freedom Account
$50 cash bonus available. A flexible option for those living in South Australia. Manage your budget with a spend tracker and pay with Samsung Pay. $5 waivable monthly account fee. Monthly account fee waived if you deposit at least $2,000 a month, are under 21 or if you meet other eligibility criteria.
Visa $0 $2,000 $0 account keeping fees if you deposit at least $2,000 per month. Otherwise, a $5 monthly fee applies. Unlimited free withdrawals at BankSA, St.George, Westpac and Bank of Melbourne ATMs. Go to site More
MyState Everyday Account
$100 cash bonus. $6 waivable monthly account fee. Receive cash bonus when you make five or more Visa card transactions within the first 30 days of opening the account (new customers only). Monthly account fee waived if you deposit at least $2,000 a month. Apple Pay, Google Pay, Samsung Pay available.
Visa $0 $2,000 Go to site More
Rates last updated May 26th, 2018
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Name Product 3 Mths p.a. 4 Mths p.a. 6 Mths p.a. 7 Mths p.a. 12 Mths p.a. 24 Mths p.a. Min Deposit Interest Earned
Citibank Term Deposit
-
-
2.80%
-
-
-
$100,000
RaboDirect Term Deposit
2.30%
-
2.50%
-
2.50%
2.70%
$1,000
Firstmac Term Deposit
2.40%
-
2.50%
-
2.65%
2.75%
$5,000
RaboDirect Term Deposit (SMSF)
2.30%
-
2.50%
-
2.50%
2.70%
$1,000
MyState Bank Online Term Deposit
2.50%
2.35%
2.50%
1.50%
2.70%
2.80%
$5,000
St.George Term Deposit
2.05%
1.85%
2.15%
1.90%
2.45%
2.50%
$1,000
BCU Term Deposit
1.25%
0.71%
1.40%
0.71%
1.45%
2.55%
$1,000
BankSA Term Deposit
2.05%
1.85%
2.15%
1.90%
2.45%
2.50%
$1,000
Bank of Melbourne Term Deposit
2.05%
1.85%
2.15%
1.90%
2.45%
2.50%
$1,000
Bankwest Online Term Deposit
2.35%
1.50%
2.60%
1.50%
2.65%
2.60%
$1,000

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Shirley Liu

Shirley Liu is a program manager at finder, formerly the publisher for Banking and Investments. She is passionate about helping people make an informed decision, save money and find the best deal for their needs.

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Important Information*
Bankwest Hero Saver

Maximum Variable Rate

2.60

Standard Variable Rate

0.01
Bank Australia Bonus Saver Account

Maximum Variable Rate

2.60

Standard Variable Rate

0.15
Citibank Online Saver

Maximum Variable Rate

2.85

Standard Variable Rate

1.70
AMP Saver Account

Maximum Variable Rate

2.55

Standard Variable Rate

2.10

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