Are finances stressing you out during the pandemic? Here’s how to feel more secure.
7 Ways to Ease Financial Anxiety During COVID-19
Before COVID-19 turned the economy and job market into the scariest roller coaster ride in town, maybe you were okay with your less-than-perfect money management habits. Now, however, the cracks in your financial picture are more likely to show.
Have you saved enough for emergencies? Do you spend too much? Will you be okay if you lose your job? Those are just a few of the questions on nearly everyone’s mind during the fallout and recovery from the pandemic.
Don’t bite all your fingernails off just yet, though. With so many things out of your control lately, you can still adjust your finances to minimize anxiety in uncertain economic times.
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1. Increase emergency savings
Did you know experts recommend having enough in an emergency savings fund to cover all your expenses for at least three to six months in case you lose your job, become seriously ill or suffer another financial setback?
If you don’t have an emergency savings account, now is the time to open one, even with as little as $100 to get started. If you already have an emergency savings account, do your best to bump up regular deposits.
Want to make saving easier? Have your employer automatically deduct and deposit into savings a set amount from each paycheck.
2. Create a budget
Not knowing crucial facts or where you stand in a situation is one of the biggest anxiety inducers out there – and it’s no different with your finances. Create a budget that includes recurring monthly bills, a savings account deposit and any anticipated expenses.
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3. Stay on top of credit and debit transactions
We all know that sinking feeling that comes from checking an account to find a string of charges adding up to hundreds of dollars after a few days of spending with a debit or credit card.
During a tough economy, it’s all that much more important to stay on top of debit and credit card charges by checking your accounts regularly to avoid racking up a high balance or unwittingly draining your checking account.
4. Pay off credit cards
The last thing you need during troubled financial times is a bunch of debt to worry about. If you want to ease financial anxiety, get started on paying off your credit card balances to boot off those monthly payments out of your life.
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5. Cut recurring expenses
While it's nice to have five or six streaming services to choose from, you can probably get by with just one or two, getting rid of at least a few monthly recurring subscription fees. Look for as many ways to cut monthly expenses as possible, including utilities, groceries, dining out and other costs. Then deposit savings into your emergency fund.
6. Pay ahead if you can
If possible, try to stay at least one month ahead on large monthly expenses such as rent, mortgage or car payments. Knowing you have that cushion if things go south financially can lower your stress over money significantly.
7. Live within your means
Living within your means is a crazy idea to way too many people. But buying only what you can afford when it comes to housing, groceries, dining out, clothing and online purchases is the best way to ease financial anxiety, even when there’s no pandemic creating economic upheaval.
So, ignore peer pressure to keep up with your flashy-car, fancy-house friends and keep purchases within your means instead. Those deep-in-debts friends will be envious later – when they’re struggling to pay the bills and you’re not.
Published by Debt.com, LLC