Bouncing Back from a Financial Burden
- Britany Linton
- Personal Finance
As much as we all try to avoid an unexpected financial crisis, no one can predict when they are going to happen. These often transpire when you have no extra money put away, when you least expect it, and when you feel like there is no possible way you would be able to afford it. Rather than hoping a financial crisis won't happen, get prepared just in case so you aren't knocked off your feet.
While it is easier to put things off that are unpleasant, this attitude won't help you when it comes to bouncing back from a financial burden. Put together a strategy. Plan for the best but prepare for the worst. This way, when something does come up, you will have an emergency fund at your disposal to use.
Take a look at your monthly spending and income. Look for areas in your spending that you can trim so you can put that extra money aside. What are necessities and what are not? Even cutting back on going to your local coffee shop a couple times a week can save you up to $10 a week. That's $40 a month / $480 a year you can put into your emergency fund!
You Are Never Alone
You are not the only one having a hard time so don't be embarrassed. Identify people who can help you. Gather resources that feel right to you and utilize them. "Whether that is debt consolidation, taking out a loan to keep your business operating, or just plain old cutting back, call those in who can support you."
Be Open To Other Possibilities
The most obvious answer is not always the best answer. Explore your options. Can you get a part time job for more money until you pay off your debt? Maybe you can make special payment arrangements or defer a bill until your next payday. You will never know until you ask, so don't be afraid!
Lastly, never let your financial situation knock you down. Step back, take a deep breath, and face it head on. Be open and honest with yourself and your spouse (if you have one) and handle what you need to handle. Remember, it can only get better.
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