NMCRS Helps Military Families Budget for Baby

Story Number: NNS100617-11Release Date: 6/17/2010 2:50:00 PM
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By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class (SW/AW) Michelle Rhonehouse, Navy Region Southwest Public Affairs

SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- San Diego- The transition into parenthood can be a stressful time for all pay grades and spouses alike, especially if not prepared financially.

The Navy Marine Corp Relief Society (NMCRS) holds Budgeting for Baby classes designed to educate new or prospective parents about the impact a new baby can have on the financial situation of a family.

"The information provided in this class is beneficial for everyone, from the most senior officers to the lowest ranking junior enlisted," said Barry White, director of the San Diego NMCRS office. "The expenses are significant regardless. Any financial planner would tell you that the more information you can gather, the better prepared you will be to meet your expectations."

Active duty, retired Navy and Marine Corps personnel and their family members can learn about increased expenses, pressure from consumers that are targeted to new parents and entitlements available through both government and private sources.

"We provide information on what a baby realistically costs and what different products are out there on the market. These range from diapers and formula to car seats and strollers," said White. "We also explain the different programs in the area, such as the Women, Infants, and Children program, Armed Services YMCA and the Fleet and Family Support Centers that are out there to assist the families."

White added that the Budgeting for Baby program gives out free gifts at the end of each class.

Layette bags are given after the two-hour course to those who attend. The bag consists of items such as baby one pieces, sheets for the crib and a handmade gift from a society volunteer.

"Baby items are expensive. The layette bag provides a nice starting place for the parents and it helps save them the expense of having to purchase some first time baby items," said White. "It is essentially a starter kit for the baby."

Registration for these classes is offered at all NMCRS locations. Class times and dates vary on location.

For more information on the Budgeting for Baby program, visit www.nmcrs.org.

For more news from Navy Region Southwest, visit www.navy.mil/local/cnrsw/.

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