Having a child is one of life’s great gifts. But let’s not forget how expensive kids can be, especially with the rising costs of education.

In fact, putting your child through private education from pre-school to Year 12 could cost you as much as $400,000.1 And even with a public school education, you could still end up paying over $60,000 per child during their school years, when you take into account things like uniforms, tech essentials, and extracurricular activities.2
It’s a good idea to get into the habit of regularly putting money aside, so you can stay on top of school fees and other expenses. The sooner you start, the longer your money will have to grow — and for potentially higher returns, you might even consider investing the money rather than simply putting it in a savings account.
What’s more, with rising rents and costs of living, there’s a good chance your kids will depend on you financially well into their adulthood. In Australia, at least 1 in 4 young people aged between 18 and 34 live with their parents3 — so it’s worth keeping this in mind when you’re planning for your family’s future.

1 Australian Scholarships Group, How much can you expect to pay for your child’s schooling? 2016.

2 Australian Scholarships Group, How much can you expect to pay for your child’s schooling? 2016.

3 Domain Group, Domain house pricing report, June 2015

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