Have you ever looked at your (lack of) money and wondered where it all went so fast? You’ve taken steps to minimize impulse buys. You’ve created a budget to fit your household needs. What more can you do to help carve out some extra wiggle room?
Fireworks are a mainstay of celebrating the independence of the United States. However, they are also a main source of hospital visits for the month surrounding the holiday. And right now, a hospital visit is not only a potential health risk, it can also be a major blow to your wallet.
Children offer us an unfiltered look at how our brains react to sales and marketing. When they see something that strikes their fancy, they want it right then. Toddlers, especially, show little patience or consideration for the cost or longevity of the item they desire. Yet, should their whimsy be indulged, the thing they “needed” at the store often gets discarded in short order.
We’ve all spent at least a month in quarantine. Fairs, concerts, playgrounds, movies, and more have all been delayed or completely shut down. Schools have closed. We’ve all be forced to see things from a new perspective. Rather than a waypoint between activities and a place to rest our heads, home is now where we all have spent most of our time.
While we are all a bit relieved to see quarantines being eased, there are some lessons about life and frugality that we should take away from this experience.
Death is an unfortunate fact of life. Yet few people include this sad event in their plans for the future. The assumption is always, of course, that you have years ahead of you.
But what happens to your household finances if the worst were to happen? Here are steps you can take to help alleviate the pressures and ensure some level of stability.
Is there a danger in providing your financial information to a third-party budget application? The short answer is “yes.” But the benefits may outweigh the risks when done right.
If there is anything the COVID-19 pandemic has taught us about finances, it is the importance of having an emergency fund. In April 2020, the number of unemployed persons who reported temporary layoffs hit 18.1 million. Those individuals reporting permanent job loss rose to 2 million.
The global pandemic has highlighted many things that are both wrong and right with the systems we use to run our governments and everyday lives. Closer to home, it is also calling attention to failings in standard budgeting practices and financial advice.
This year is proving to be a strange one for all of us. But it is especially odd for children and families faced with nationwide school and childcare closings. In a nation where even two-parent households often rely on two full-time incomes, juggling children and work is quickly becoming a struggle.
How and when school districts will reopen remains a mystery. But, in the meantime, working parents have to find ways to keep kids educated and stimulated while juggling a range of other insanity such as financial issues, working from home, and more. But how!?
States and counties across the US are determining when and how to “reopen.” But it is becoming clear that these processes are likely to be different for everyone. Many people are still looking at another few weeks or more of reduced activity and sheltering in place. Even states and municipalities entering Phase 1 or 2 of reopening are looking at a higher than usual amount of time at home.