Posted on Wednesday 17 February 2016
Don't fall into the statistics that currently show 61% of the workforce in and around British Columbia living paycheck to paycheck. If you're curious as to how you would know if you fit into this criteria, let us explain a bit better. Clearly, if you're finding that you're running out of income before your next paycheck rolls in, you're in the above mentioned margin.
This can become suffocating, but there are ways you can stop this endless cycle of stress and worry too. If you want to lose the doom and gloom attitude you have to change your current lifestyle habits. We do understand how it can feel. If you are one of the many in Canada living paycheck to paycheck, we understand that getting out of debt can feel almost impossible, but as we mentioned, it really is not.
There are many Canadians who have broken free from this cycle and are now living a healthier, happier life. You can too! We've discussed getting a hold of finances before--but we felt it was more practical to discuss how you manage your money. When you do live this way you're very limited as to what you can and can't do and what you can even mentally cope with.
For instance, Canadian families who are trapped in this way can't plan ahead. There is no way to really plan for an emergency, or even think about planning for a vacation. There is simply no time to enjoy living--period. So, those who want change want to know, what is the solution? The first step is understanding there is a problem that has to be fixed. For many, this is the hardest step of them all.
So, you're ready to try to break away from this chaotic lifestyle, but not sure where, or how you should start. What steps do you need to take to start making life simpler--easier, and happier? Just one of the first things an individual can do to begin changing and improving their life is shaving away excess expenses.
While you might think there is no where to cut back, you'll be amazed to find savings hiding right under your nose! Putting your nose to that grindstone will help you to begin seeing some light, it's a fact! Just because conventional wisdom illustrates everything gets more expensive over time is no reason to live in a trapped lifestyle! The following tips will help you begin on the right financial road!
Tip 1: Start paying bills right upon arrival
Delaying paying your bills on time increases bank fees, especially those late fees! Why not save that money and pay on time? If you begin budgeting and planning appropriately you can! This should be a first step goal for those wanting to stop the vicious paycheck to paycheck cycle.
Tip 2: Work together, with your significant other
Many couples today share accounts, and more often than not, one doesn't know what the other is doing financially. It is time to start working together to plan and save. Go over your bills together. Go over what budget you can both live with monthly. Split your spending and stick to that spending budget. Both people should always be held accountable!
Tip 3: Educate and learn some basic skills If you could learn some basic plumbing, carpentry, home improvement--imagine how much you could cut back and save! You wouldn't have to forsake quality materials either, because you'd be cutting out that expensive middle man! It's a smart decision and one you'd be glad to have! Then you can even learn some investing skills to take things to the next level.
Put a cap on non-essential spending Just because you have the money available doesn't mean you should waste it, does it? Putting a cap on monthly spending can save a potential $200 a month for most! If you don't need it, don't get it! Most people are discovering they become dissatisfied with spur of the moment purchases. Save the money for something more useful!
Break the living paycheck to paycheck cycle and streamline your finances! You'll be far happier and far more healthier if you do so today!