Getting through January is hard. After enjoying the holiday season and spending all or most of your cash, getting through this month can be a bitch! One way or another, you’ll have to get through it though – preferably as conveniently as possible without having to live on bread and baked beans alone.
So, here we go:
First of all assess the damage:
If you know you’re in trouble, there isn’t much to do about it now. According to Fin24, hopefully you kept within your budget through the holidays, but if you did over-indulge, now is the time to do some damage control and assess the situation. Go through your bank statements and understand where you are financially at the moment.
Take charge on upcoming payments:
This time of the year, things like school fees along with your usual payments are important. You don’t want to skip out on payments just because it’s January. Start off by taking charge and making notes of important upcoming payments. Don’t go and take out a loan and increase your debt. Adding on expenses will only do more damage. Save up for important payments and work around that budget.
The best time to plan your finances, are early on in the year. Make some real changes, be strict and actually get through the months with enough money for you to live comfortably.
Limit your spending:
Limit your spending habits — so as not to run up extra debt — and cut unnecessary expenses like eating at restaurants on the regular or going to the movies; and yes even travel, if only until your finances are balanced again.
Review your finances and financial pattern of 2016 and save up. If you don’t know where to begin, take a look at these awesome tips and tricks for you to try out.
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