Preparing financially for #baby? @FCACan has a new online resource that can help

Video: Mélanie Boulet is a second-grade teacher at De la Découverte Elementary School in Ottawa, Ontario. She believes that it's never too early, or too late, to start saving to fulfill your goals such as buying a house, starting a family or travelling. Melanie's parents taught her the importance of being financially disciplined at an early age; something that she now benefits from. She turns to FCAC's interactive resources for the answers to her questions when it comes to her personal finances and attaining her aspirations.

New! FCAC has tips to help manage the financial side of having a baby (CNW Group/Financial Consumer Agency of Canada)

FCAC can help new parents manage the financial side of having children

OTTAWA, May 3, 2012 /CNW/ - The thrill of welcoming a child into your life brings with it great joy, opportunities and experiences. It also introduces a lot of new expenses. The Financial Consumer Agency of Canada (FCAC) has added a new "life event" to its website to help parents manage their new financial responsibilities. Having Children is a comprehensive online guide that provides tips on saving money, budgeting, applying for maternity leave and benefits, and ways to plan ahead.

"Having children changes a lot in your life very quickly," says FCAC Commissioner Ursula Menke. "Most people know there will be new costs for things like diapers, baby equipment and child care. But they may not realize how many expenses they may be facing, how high they can be, or where they can get the unbiased financial information they need to help them as they take on their new role as parents."

The guide covers a number of different topics:

FCAC's full suite of life events, including Having Children, Living as a Couple, Moving Out on Your Own, Starting Your First Job, Planning Your Retirement and Dealing with Debt are available on our website: itpaystoknow.gc.ca.

About FCAC

With educational materials and interactive tools, the Financial Consumer Agency of Canada (FCAC) provides objective information about financial products and services to help Canadians increase their financial knowledge and confidence in managing their personal finances. FCAC informs consumers about their rights and responsibilities when dealing with banks and federally regulated trust, loan and insurance companies. FCAC also makes sure that federally regulated financial institutions, payment card network operators and external complaints bodies comply with legislation and industry commitments intended to protect consumers.

You can reach us through FCAC's Consumer Services Centre by calling toll-free 1-866-461-3222 (TTY: 613-947-7771 or 1-866-914-6097) or by visiting our website: itpaystoknow.gc.ca.

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Video with caption: "Video: Mélanie Boulet is a second-grade teacher at De la Découverte Elementary School in Ottawa, Ontario. She believes that it's never too early, or too late, to start saving to fulfill your goals such as buying a house, starting a family or travelling. Melanie's parents taught her the importance of being financially disciplined at an early age; something that she now benefits from. She turns to FCAC's interactive resources for the answers to her questions when it comes to her personal finances and attaining her aspirations.". Video available at: http://youtu.be/07D8BvCcHF0

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Media relations:

Julie Hauser
Media Relations Officer
613-941-4168
julie.hauser@fcac-acfc.gc.ca