The current crisis has not only negatively affected the people’s health and wellbeing, it has also affected the world economy. Many industries are now falling. Companies, factories and stores are closing. People are losing their job. Unless this crisis will end soon, many people might find themselves with money worries in the near future. Although income might stop coming, household expenses will not. Debt and mortgages are piling up. Thus, it is important for everyone to how how to improve your finances especially during a crisis.
Here are some things that you can do right now on how to improve your finances during a crisis:
1.Review your budget
Take a good look at your monthly budget. If you don’t have any budgeting plan, now is the perfect time to start having one. The money jar budgeting system is a good way to start creating your survival budget in this tough time. If you are already having a rough time, then you need a budget more than ever. A budget will help you track down where your money is going. It will also help you plan on your future spending.
2.Cut Expenses Immediately
Take advantage of the times. Refrain from going out unless necessary. Focus on the basics. Nutrition and health should be the main concern of everyone. Do not buy non-essential items. Stop eating out. Your main goal right now is to cut down on expenses. You don’t know how long this crisis will last so it is important to have as much emergency money as possible.
3.Talk to Creditors
It is almost impossible to keep up with bills if you are being quarantined especially if you have no savings. The best approach is to talk to your creditors and explain your situation. Ask about your options. The good news is that since you are not alone in this crisis, many governments already issued indefinite moratorium for those affected. Banks and insurance companies have started implementing assistance programs. Utility companies are following suit by waiving fees and postponing disconnections.
4.Look for Other Sources of Income
If your income has already been affected, now is the time to look for other sources of income to boost your cash flows. There are many ways to earn even from the comfort of your home. Search online. Look for something that you are good at.You can be someone’s virtual assistant. You can do online tutoring.You can start creating your own blog or vlog. You can create webinars. The possibilities are endless.
5.Improve your Financial IQ
If you are worried about your finances during this pandemic, that is an indicator that there is a need for you to improve your financial IQ. To be financially literate means having the ability to manage personal finance matters. That includes having an emergency survival fund in times of crisis.
It is not yet too late to start now. Take advantage of your time at home. Read about personal finance on books, magazine and the internet. Listen to podcast. Study the lives of millionaires and other highly successful people. Educate yourself and apply it in your life. Start by setting financial goals.
If you are already an investor; Warren Buffet, the most successful investor in the world, advised investors not to panic. It is best to stay invested and look at the long-term outlook of the stock market. Although it is only natural for investors to be fearful, it is never a good idea to buy stocks based on headlines.
Be fearful when others are greedy. Be greedy when others are fearful. – Warren Buffet