Budgeting Tips for increased cost of living

Published on 21 January 2024 at 08:46

Dealing with the pinch of an increased cost of living? Here are some practical tips to help you ride the wave of rising expenses.


  1. Take a Good Look at Your Budget (or Create One):

Before you dive into budgeting, do a quick review of your current financial situation. Don't have a budget? No worries, it's never too late to start. Understanding your income, expenses, and savings is the first step.


  1. Sort the Essentials from the Extras:

Let's play a game of 'essential' or 'non-essential.' Prioritise the must-haves like rent/mortgage, power, groceries, and healthcare.


  1. Craft a Budget Grounded in Reality:

Develop a new budget that reflects the new cost of living reality. Be honest with yourself about your income and allocate funds to cover those essentials you just prioritised.


  1. Trim the Excess Fat:

Spot those areas where you've been splurging a bit too much. Maybe it's time to cut back on dining out, find cheaper entertainment options, or explore cost-effective alternatives.


  1. Bargain Time - Negotiate Those Bills:

Your power, internet, and insurance bills might be more flexible than you think. Don't shy away from a friendly chat with your service providers to see if there's wiggle room to cut down on monthly costs.


  1. Side Hustle?

Look for opportunities to beef up that income. Whether it's a part-time role, freelancing, or some side hustle, a little extra cash can go a long way.


  1. Emergency Fund to the Rescue:

Life's full of surprises, and not all of them are pleasant. Ensure you've got an emergency fund ready to catch you when you stumble upon unexpected expenses. No emergency fund yet? It's time to start building one for that extra financial cushion.


  1. Consult the Money Wizards:

When in doubt, seek advice! If the budgeting waters get too choppy, consider talking to a financial advisor or friendly budgeting service. They'll providing personalized guidance to help you navigate the twists and turns of an increased cost of living.


Remember, budgeting is not about restriction; it's about empowerment. Take control of your finances.


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