Taking Care of Your Money During a Recession

What 15 Personal Finance Bloggers want you to do with your money during this recession

This global pandemic with the increasing likelihood of a recession along with the insanely high levels of unemployment is a situation which many of us are unprepared to deal with.

I have been unemployed but the last recession was before I entered the workforce so I don’t feel qualified to give great advice on the matter. I can share what I am doing, but for actual advice, I decided to turn to the experts! I asked 15 personal finance ladies to share their advice for handling money during a recession and while unemployed. Without further ado…

Taking Care of Your Money during a recession

What 15 Personal Finance Bloggers would Like you to know about money during this recession

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Trusting the System

I am a little confused

 

This has been a tough time for all of us and there are definitely lots of emotions and feelings running around.

I, personally, swing back and forth between loving the slower pace of life and spending time with my kids and feeling so incredibly overwhelmed with work and life and being scared.

When it comes to money I am also having a hard time knowing the best way to proceed. On the one hand, there are things that we can buy that will really make this time easier. For example, supplies, books, and games- especially since my kids have very little (aka basically none) online school. Their education has fallen entirely on me so I am basically homeschooling them. This calls for a lot of supplies and activities.

With libraries closed and the really cheap place I buy books being closed (and I can only get there on public transportation), I am sort of “forced” to buy books for more money than I would usually spend. I usually do my shopping slowly over weeks and buy things on sale. The craft supplies in my house are purchased on clearance, as are the books and games I have. Whenever I see something cheap I buy it and this has worked really well in pre-pandemic times. After all, we don’t do so many projects and activities usually. So my dot paint markers, for example, lasted me 3 years but then after a month in quarantine I’ve already had to buy more, plus paint, and paper, and a stapler, etc. etc. the list goes on.

I switch back and forth between KNOWING that I need this stuff and rationalizing that it is for my kid’s education but then also being very worried about what the future is going to bring and despairing about the money I’ve been spending.

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10 Ways to Survive Unemployment

10 ways to survive unemployment

How to Survive Unemployment

We are currently in what looks to be a recession, with unemployment rates as high as the Great Depression. Chances are, many of you are unemployed, furloughed, and maybe facing extended unemployment. While I’m currently still employed (with reduced hours) I have unfortunately been unemployed before. Here are 10 tips that I used to survive unemployment and will hopefully help you survive financially while unemployed or at least mitigate the damage of unemployment.

How I Survived Unemployment

I have never lived through a Depression and I was not in the workforce during the last recession (My father did lose his job however and that was a very difficult time for our family. I was not involved in any of the financial discussions though). I have been unemployed though. Some of my experiences are not the same. For example, chances are that we are in this for the long haul. Whole industries are being upended and the long term ramification will be felt for a while. However, I do have some tips that can apply regardless of the terms of unemployment. Recession or no recession, the rules remain the same.

How to Survive Financially while Unemployed

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10 Tips to Survive a Layoff Financially

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