It’s the start of a whole new year and financially, times are tough. On the television news or in the newspapers, we read headlines saying companies are closing and employees being fired. It’s scary to think you can be next.
Well, we can’t stop our bosses from giving us those pesky pink slips. However, there are some ways to try and get ourselves back on the financial track.
Setting up a budget will help. It’s a first place to begin. Grab all your bills. Then take out a notebook and write down what you pay for each bill. Categorize them; such as house payment, car payment, car insurance, telephone, etc.
Then estimate how much you pay for the other stuff you need each month; for example food, gasoline and household stuff.
After you wrote all that down, you should look through the list. Ask yourself if there are some areas where you can lower the cost. Do you have to eat out four times a week? Can I brownbag lunch? A little change like that can help you in the long run.
Then try to follow it each month.
After setting up the budget, you can help yourself financially by paying bills online and then setting up automatic pay. Then, you will have a set amount for your budget plan.
Also use cash for your purchases and keep your credit cards in your pocket. You can take out money each week and set a limit on how much you’re going to spend. Using credit cards can get you into a pile of debt and that’s not good.
Finally, after all that money crunching, remember to spend a little on yourself to be happy. Just a little. Don’t go overboard, but we need to remember that happiness is always golden.