With more expensive fuel and food costs, living within your budget can be a difficult challenge, but don't give up! It may take some time to set up a plan that works for you. Be flexible.
Here are some ideas to help you stick to your budget:
- Use what you have instead of shopping for new clothes, a new phone, or household items save money by using what you already have. Instead of eating at a restaurant, you can save your money by cooking at home or with a friend.
- Increase your income with a part-time job. Use the resume writing tools in the Career Coach to freshen up your resume. Also browse local jobs at online job search sites, and boost your income.
- Find treasures when you buy low-cost, high quality, second-hand goods on Craig's List or Ebay.
- Apply for food stamps, child care help, medical assistance and large tax credits.