Planning is the key to surviving a time when a paycheck is on hold. Here are three ways you can cut back on costs.
Stretching a paycheck is hard enough, but what do you do if you’re only paid certain months out of the year or have to take mandatory unpaid vacation? Surviving through that takes planning and careful financial decisions to make sure your money lasts without depleting your savings.
Here are some tips to surviving on a restricted income.
Look at Monthly Expenses
Take a look at what you’re paying for monthly and prioritize the purchases. For example, you need to pay rent and your water bill, but weekly restaurant dates and trips to the movie theater will have to go.
If you’re already cutting back and are struggling to pay for the things you need, call your utility, insurance, and billing companies to ask for assistance. It might be embarrassing to reach out, but if they’re willing to work with you, it could really help.
Consider every purchase before you pay to see if it’s really worth it. Ask yourself:
- Do I really need it?
- Can it wait?
- Can I get it for less somewhere else?
You can ask these questions when you’re struggling and when you’re not to save money. It’ll also help you avoid relying on credit cards and collecting debt.
Make Money on the Side
If you really need funds, consider getting a part-time job or work as a freelancer. You can make and sell things if you’re creative or even host a garage sale to get stuff out of your house and make a few bucks.
If you’re going through a rough financial time, just remind yourself that it won’t be forever. Cut down on expenses, save, and ask for help when you need it. Our financial partner, BALANCE, is also here to help you with no-cost financial counseling services.