According to Symbius Financial, 30% of US employees are financially distressed. Because of that they spend time at work solving their personal financial issues rather than being focused on their job. Everybody goes through financial stress, especially in today’s recession, wherein jobs are scarce. You may have a stable income, too, yet expenses remains almost the same. Still, there is a solution to help yourself from financial stress. Today, it is important to increase your financial education to avoid further debt problems. Here are some tips below:
Record financial transactions
It is essential to know where your money is spent. Write down all your expenses everyday including the amount spent. Classify these expenses into necessities and extra or modifiable expenses. Necessities may include electric bills, water bills, credit card bills and phone bills. While modifiable expenses may include shopping bills for clothes, food, appliances, etc.
Keep all receipts after every transaction so that you can recheck it whenever you need to account it again.
Learn how to
After you have all expenses written down, you can now see what kind of expenses can be trimmed down. You can now also create a budget list for all your expenses.
Budgeting is a good way to manage your money well. Allot money for the most important expenses first and the least last. Write down all necessary expenses for the week including the amount it would cost. When you learn how to budget, you will be more confident that all your money are put into good use.
Get another money source
People are financially stressed because money seems to be not enough to spend for their needs and wants. What they get from their income is just enough for them to pay up bills. Sometimes they have nothing to save anymore.
To be able to sustain your lifestyle, you might need to find another source of income to increase your finances. Try getting a part time job on any of your local stores. You can also apply to work as a data entry assistant on an online job. You can also try to market your cooking skills by baking pastries and sell it to your neighbors.
To lessen your problem on paying your bills, manage to reduce your personal expenses. If you spend $100 a week for restaurant hopping, try to cut it down to half if you can. Instead of buying fast food, why not budget your money for groceries instead.
For your electric and water bills, try to cut it down by conserving electricity and water at home. Turn off appliances when not used and minimize the use of your bathtub, if you have one.
The key to reduce your financial stress is to be financially educated. When you know how and when to spend your money, you will less likely worry if you are keeping your finances well. Just remember to spend money wisely and account them well.