We all know how a recession can affect not just the country, but the people themselves. People have got to accept the fact that recession is inevitable, it is bound to happen in every country, especially those who are always at the top. It is necessary for the periods of economic growth as well as the periods of stagnation to somehow shift.
It may be painful but it is necessary to restore the equilibrium to the economy. However, not a lot of people have the knowledge of what exactly they’re supposed to do, not everyone knows what it is like, as well as what exactly might happen. So here are a few things you must take note of when it comes to budgeting your money during a recession.
“The job numbers are positive. We’ve had more money s created now than we’re lost during the recession. We’re seeing that the creation, we’re seeing those numbers not only grow but shift toward the private sector and shift toward full-time employment and these are all signs that the recovery is taking some hold but we’re not out of the woods.”Stephen Harper
DETERMINE YOUR INCOME AND EXPENSES
The very first thing that you must do is to determine how much your income is, as well as how much you’re actually spending, say in a month. This will definitely help you budget your money and will help you avoid going bankrupt in a recession.
It is ideal to check how much you’re earning in a month, then all you have to do is to subtract your expenses like bills, groceries, rent, etc. It is also ideal to check your bank as well as your credit card statements, this is to make sure that you have enough money. Check your transactions on your credit card statements and categorize them so it would be easy for you to know on which purchases you spent a huge sum of money on.
DON’T ADD DEBT
This has got to be one of the most important things to remember when there is a recession. Try not to add another loan or get another credit card. Money may be tight but keep in mind that when you borrow money, you have to give it back, and in this case, you’re not only paying for it, but you’re also paying for the interest.
Instead of adding more debt, just pay for the ones you already have, yes it may be difficult, but it will eventually free up some extra money for you. It is also best to always pay on time so that you will be able to maintain a good credit. If you are having a hard time paying off debts, then try selling of unnecessary assets or you could also ask for a forbearance up until the economy improves.
DELAY UNNECESSARY EXPENDITURES
Recessions are known to be the times where people lose their jobs, which is actually true. So what you can do to prepare for the worse is that you must cut food costs, as well as the other bills. If you are planning on going on vacation, or if you’re planning on doing a re-model, then maybe it is not the right time since you might actually lose your job. Delaying unnecessary expenditures won’t hurt.
“Some argue that now isn’t the time to push the green agenda, that all efforts should be on preventing a serious recession. That is a false choice. It fails to recognize that climate change and our carbon reliance is part of the problem. High fuel prices and food shortages due to poor crop yields compound today’s financial difficulties.” Lucy Powell
SAVE AS MUCH AS YOU CAN
Finally, it is better to be safe than sorry. There are tons of ways for you to be able to save money during a recession. For instance, you spend $500 on grocery, maybe you could cut it down to $300-$400, if you can’t, try buying in bulks so you could save up even just for a bit, using coupons would help a lot as well. Make your own meals instead of going out to eat since restaurants can totally suck up all your money. When there is something that needs to be done in the house, maybe you could simply fix it yourself or as a relative or a friend.
Don’t let recession get you down, stay positive and everything will work out in the end. Just remember to try to do these things and you’ll be fine.