This entry was posted on Thursday, November 13th, 2008 at 11:41 pm and is filed under Household, Jobs, Planning, Rental Property, Spending Plan, financial crisis. Both comments and pings are currently closed.
Having just settled in to the reality of ScrapperMom’s layoff, we learned this week that our tenant for the last year will not be renewing his lease. Assuming that ScrapperMom gets no new work and that it takes us at least a month to rent the apartment, this leaves us with 38% less income in December than in November. The only thing keeping us even next month will be the raise that I got last month. This means that all of our savings and discretionary spending has gone to zero in the upcoming budget month.
Thankfully, we have planned well, and have an emergency fund that can get us by for quite a long time under the present circumstances. Having just received that raise, there is no reason to expect that my job is not secure for some time to come. Though with a paying down low interest debt in favor of boosting our savings and emergency fund. We are still overpaying a couple of our loan accounts, and while it’s not by much, I may still have to bring these down to the minimum payment until our income rises again.
We’re not ruined yet, so we’re going to be looking for new ways to trim our expenses. Many of our recurring expenses, like our Netflix or DirecTV plans can be trimmed by $5 or $10 per month. Two months ago I would not have thought that this would make much difference, but now that every dollar matters so much more it may be worth doing. On the flip side, we’ll be looking to stir up new business in the form of a new tenant, as well as looking for ways for ScrapperMom to bring in some new engineering work, or perhaps investigate some new opportunities.
Have you or your families been affected by the economic downturn? Do you have any ideas for us to trim our expenses or boost our income? Let us know what you think in the Comments Section below!