These times are hard. Prices are so high that more and more of our money has to go towards living expenses. This affects the amount that we have to put towards other expenses such as utilities and set monthly payments. That’s never good. Money is becoming more and more difficult to manage. When it’s becomes you’re in financial distress.
Financial distress is not permanent. It is a temporary situation that can be resolved. There are many things you can do to catch up. If you are behind on payments or about to fall behind these suggestions can help you to stabilize your financial situation. Here are five tips that will help you to do this.
1. The first tip is to make a budget. If you already have a budget plan it’s time to revise it. Budgeting your money will help you to know what is due and what income is coming in that can be applied towards expenses. What you do is make a list of all of your expenses. Everything you need to buy and pay for gets listed from groceries, the electric bill, the house payment, and heating costs to gas money and coffee for the week. Compare your expenses to your income. Adjust as you see fit, cropping out extras like the movie package, entertainment, etc.
2. The second tip is to carefully consider what you need vs. what you want. A new DVD is great but do you need it? Couldn’t the twenty dollars it takes to buy the DVD go towards the car insurance instead? Or maybe the phone bill? When you’re in financial distress there can be no extras. To have the money for the things you need it for means cutting out the things you want but do not have to have.
3. The third tip is to use a checking account. It is easier to keep track of your money when it is held in a checking account. It is also easier to pay your bills. Most checking accounts are free and require a small amount to open. You’ll receive checks which can be used to pay for bills securely with a receipt. You’ll also receive a debit card which is used like a credit card. When you use checks and a debit card change is not leaking out. You’ll actually save money, and have more money.
4. The fourth tip is to break down all of your expenses into a weekly amount. To do this add them all up using your budget sheet. Then take that sum and divide it by 4.3 and this will give you the amount you need each week to meet all of your expenses for the month. It is easier to take a certain amount every week for every expense than it is to come up with an amount four times greater all at once.
5. The fifth tip that will help you get out of financial distress is to increase your income. Ask your boss for overtime. Put in as many hours as you can. If you are your boss then extend your work times. The more hours your work for the more you will earn. The more you earn in times of financial distress the more quickly you will come out of it. Thanks for reading and take care!