Living paycheck to paycheck can be frustrating, especially when an emergency occurs. Wouldn't it be nice to have money in the bank to help you during tough times? While it may seem impossible, there are ways to get ahead if you live paycheck to paycheck. Whether you eat from your stockpile or look for ways to make extra money, you can get ahead.
Eat From Your Stockpile
First things first. If you have a stockpile, take a couple weeks or a month to eat from the stockpile. This will allow you to add a few hundred dollars to your savings account. It will also ensure that you're eating the food you've stockpiled before it goes bad. Set a challenge for yourself and only buy fresh fruits and vegetables, milk, eggs, and bread. Everything else should come from your stockpile.
Sell Items You No Longer Use
We all have items laying around the house that we're not using. Some of the items we're holding on to because we spent a good amount of money on it and we can't sell it for what we paid. However, if you're not using it, wouldn't it be better to get at least some money for it? After all, you've already spent the money why not recoup at least some of your expense?
Cut Unneeded Expenses
It might be magazine subscriptions, gym memberships you don't use, or even TV service. There are so many things you can cut from your expenses to clear up a lot of money. Sit down and look at the money you're spending each month and ask yourself if it's worth it. Chances are many of those expenses you can do without.
People waste so much food. If you have leftovers, think about ways to use them in another meal. For example, if you have leftover beef roast, cut it into cubes and make beef stew the next day or beef tips and gravy over egg noddles. You will save so much money once you start utilizing your leftovers.
Look for Ways to Make Extra Money
Last, but not least, look for ways to make extra money. You don't have to take on a part-time job. There are small tasks you can do for others that can add up. You might run errands for an elderly neighbor or write articles to sell online. You can even sell your crafts through companies like Etsy. Find something you enjoy doing and it won't feel like work.
You don't have to live paycheck to paycheck. There are ways to get ahead so that you don't feel the strain each and every week. Whether you cut unneeded expenses or look for ways to make extra money, you can get ahead.