The past year has been incredibly difficult for both employees and employers. With so much economic uncertainty, even stable businesses are cutting job opportunities in order to save on overhead expenses. From managers to entry-level workers, there is a wide range of positions that have been cut over the last 12 months. If you are suffering financially because of a job change, there are ways that you can cut your expenses and generate cash on the side as you search for a new opportunity. In this article, we will share five money-saving tips to follow after you lose a job.
1. Get Insurance Quotes
Unfortunately, many individuals stick with the insurance plans that they have for years. When renewal comes, individuals maintain their original plan even if the cost increases. In reality, there are many different types of medical, home, and car insurance options that could be saving you thousands of dollars each year. Instead of automatically renewing your rates, seek to get quotes from different carriers that may offer more coverage for a lower rate.
2. Pick Up a Side Job
As you search for the next step in your career, pick up a job on the side. It is important that this job is flexible so that you have the ability to go to interviews and finish applications as needed. Some jobs that are regularly hiring include:
- Customer service representatives (primarily virtual)
- Content writers
- Sales representative
Not only will these job opportunities help build your experience, they will generate cash flow during seasons of transition.
3. Cut Unnecessary Expenses
Each month, you likely spend hundreds of dollars on products that you want but do not need. In times of difficulty, consider cutting out excess subscriptions. From Netflix to gym memberships, many places will void their cancellation policy due to your financial circumstances.
4. Save in Small Ways
Every day, we have the decision to choose more affordable products and services. While grocery shopping, search for products that are on sale for a discounted rate. Purchase clothing in the off-season so that there are seasonal deals. Pay in cash when there are additional fees for using a credit card. In addition to spending less at the store, you can decrease your bills. During times of optimal weather, you can turn down the HVAC unit and take shorter showers to help regulate the power, electricity, and water bills. These small changes can amount to hundreds of dollars each month.
5. Keep Investing
Although it seems counterintuitive, it is important to keep investing even when you lose your stream of revenue. Each time you receive money, make sure to put a portion of it into a fund that will continue to grow over time. Although it is not wise to put all of your money towards investments, it is smart to consider saving for the future even when it is difficult.
Losing a job is terrifying. Not only is job hunting overwhelming, it can be difficult to navigate. Rather than watching your money dwindle away, continue to proactively search for ways to invest in your future while saving money in the current.