How to Beat the Recession and Take Control of Your Money


August 31, 2009

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How is the recession affecting your household finances? Are you struggling to make ends meet? Are you living from pay check to pay check and wondering if you will ever get out of this endless cycle of financial stress? If this is you, then you are not alone.

Financial stress is one of the most common forms of stress that people experience and is one of the major reasons behind the huge number of divorces each year. Being “broke” is not pleasant, and almost anybody would do what they could to change their financial situation – if they knew how.

The good news is that you can take control of your finances, and it all starts with making the commitment to do so – and the decision to do whatever it takes to get to where you want to be financially.

To get out of your financial mess, the first thing you need to do is put together a budget that works for you. Remember it is pointless setting up a budget that is too restrictive because you will never stick to it, but on the other hand you don’t want one that is not restrictive enough. Otherwise you will never get out of the financial hole that you’re in.

Here are 7 simple and easy ideas on how you can save a few extra dollars:

1-Create a Budget that works for you
2-Set Goals and Live by Your Values
3-Review and Evaluate Your expenses
4-Avoid using your credit card and pay cash
5-Create a vision?
6-How much money do you REALLY make?
7-How you too could make some extra money?

Of course, in order to get anywhere in life, it is important that you set goals. This goes for financial goals too. If you don’t know where you’re going, how will you know you’re on track or when you have reached your destination? Your goals must be in line with your personal values too. So sit down now and establish your financial goals. This step alone is extremely powerful when it comes to changing your financial situation for the better.

It is now time to be really conscious of what you are spending your money on, including your wants versus your needs. If you don’t really need a particular item, should you be buying it?

If it seems as though you are constantly going backwards and you can’t cut back your expenses any further than you already have, then you may need to identify any other ways you can make more money.

You could do this by taking up a second job, starting your own online business, or even having a garage sale or selling some unwanted items on an auction site such as eBay. The ways in which you can bring in more money are limited only by your imagination.

Ok, so you’ve established what you can do to help ease your financial situation, and now it is really important to work out what got you into this situation in the first place. If you don’t want to find yourself in the same situation again, then you want to avoid the actions or situations that got you there.

But no matter how you got into your current financial situation, it will be comforting to know that once you have committed to doing what it takes to alter your financial situation, then you will begin to see improvements once you begin to take action.

Taking control of your finances and beating the recession is most definitely within your reach, and once you have the right tools and strategies to use and follow, your bank balance will begin to show positive changes.

For more information, you can click on beat the recession to continue your financial growth and have access to more great tools and ideas!

Good luck and remember:  Now is the perfect time to take control of YOUR money!

Nicole Gruendl
Life and Success Coach



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