Living paycheck to paycheck is a trap, one that once you are in it’s almost impossible to get out of it. Yet millions of people live that way. It’s a destructive financial lifestyle, that results in stress and sense of hopelessness that can’t possibly benefit you. The bright side is that once you get out of it, you begin to reverse all the negatives that accompany it, and actually begin moving forward. It’s worth the effort!
How do you go from paycheck to paycheck and on to some measure of financial freedom?
Put your credit cards away for good
This will be a painful first step, but an absolutely necessary one. Debt is one of the biggest causes of people living paycheck to paycheck. The problem is that you can never achieve balance in your finances if you’re constantly paying for yesterday’s obligations.
That is exactly what credit cards are – they are the cumulative total of old cash deficiencies. Anytime you can’t pay for something out of earnings or savings, if you put it on a credit card, it will haunt you in the future.
You must put a stop to this as soon as possible. It will not be easy to begin learning to live without credit cards, but once you do everything else will begin to fall in place. It may mean that you have to begin learning to live without certain items and expenses, and that’s our next topic.
There is a bonus that comes along with ending your reliance upon credit cards. Once you stop using them, the balance owed begins to drop. And as balances drop, your payments fall as well. This will provide you with additional breathing room in your monthly budget, especially as the declines in your balances become more pronounced.
Trim your living expenses where ever possible
Most people can live without least a few products and services. You can eliminate them without making any material changes in your basic standard of living. This doesn’t mean that you have to take a meat cleaver to your budget, but rather that you carefully scan your expenses for any that are not absolutely necessary. Continue Reading →