How To Save Up In Between Jobs
As the part of the changing world, being between jobs is quite normal. Job-hopping has become a common affair and people don’t stick to one job like they used to. Millennials tend to move on to another job and live on their savings often, before getting another one. Even if you have got enough to last you for a couple of months, it is always wise to take it slow and save every penny you can. For honestly, the job market can be volatile at times and you can’t predict when a good offer might land up in your lap. So here are some honest tips on how to save up all you can when you are between jobs.
Share Your Home
This is the first and most important of all other expenses. It also takes up a big chunk of your savings. So how can you make the best of your situation? If you own a house, the cost of insurance and tax must be making a big dent in your savings. So, let out one of the rooms. You can use AirBnB if you do not have pressing needs. Otherwise, you can let it out for the long term too. Even when living out of your savings, try to take out a monthly amount from your savings, and keep the expenses within it. In case you are living in a rented place, ask around to say what are the rules for subletting a room. Some extra income will be really good during hard times. Alternatively, you can find a room-mate if you have a rented place.
Share Your Skill
If you have a skill, make the most of it. Teach it to others and make money. For some of them, you don’t even need to go out of your home. Which means you can save up on transport as well. You can very well do a teaching job from the comforts of your home. If it is not something substantial, put it to use by becoming tutors to individuals. You can become an English language trainer for those who have English as the second language. But you might need to have certain degrees for that.
Cut Down On Bills and Expenses
Cutting down on recurring bills and expenses will help you a lot. If you have a gym subscription, consider buying a few weights or using the free gym if there is any at your apartment. Often YMCA has great offers for families. If your family already has a membership, you can get in by just making a new card. When you go grocery shopping, always make a list of things to buy. That way you will be eliminating the unnecessary things that add up to your bill. Saving on cable bills have become easier than ever. Think of it, who watches Cable tv these days? When there are tons of great shows available on Netflix, Hulu, and the likes. Hulu comes for only $40 a month while Sling comes for $20 a month.
Save Up On Transport
If you live in a big city, you can do without the car. Try saving up on transport by making monthly passes for your bus, train or subway. Also, walk around. It will be a good exercise too and can compensate for your gym. In case you have a car and still want it around, shop for insurance. Often insurance companies will give you a cheaper deal based on your driving history. In case, you want to buy a car, because you can’t be without one, where you live, do an extensive research. Go for cars whose parts are a lot cheaper and at the same time durable as well. If there is an emergency where you need to change a part, at least it will not burn your pocket.
Most importantly, when you take out a limited amount every month from your savings, apply the 50-30-20 rule on it as well. Think of it as your salary and try to save 20% of it, keep 30% for variable costs and 50% for recurring monthly costs. Once you start saving up, it is almost like an addiction and you would want to save up each cent you can.
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