Content tagged "financial security: managing money in tough times"

Effect of Expressing a Quantitative Goal on Savings Behavior

Personal Finance Updated: February 07, 2017

Loibl, C. & Scharff, R. L. (2010). Examining the effect of expressing a quantitative goal on consumer savings. Journal of Consumer Affairs, 44, (1): 127-154....

Financial Security: Managing Money in Tough Times

More Americans feel added stress and anxiety about their financial future as talk of rising consumer debt, falling housing prices, rising costs of living,...

Freeing Up Money from Services

Personal Finance Updated: September 30, 2015

Utility Budget PlansYou can work with your service provider so that your monthly bill is based on an average of the previous year’s monthly bills. This is...

Adult Children Moving Home

Personal Finance Updated: September 30, 2015

Adult children move in with their parents for a number of reasons, including economic hardship. As this move will change the parents’ household expenses,...

Building an Emergency Fund

Personal Finance Updated: September 30, 2015

An emergency fund is money set aside in a readily accessible savings account for unanticipated events such as unemployment, medical bills, and car repairs. A...

Making Extra Money

Personal Finance Updated: September 29, 2015

Odd JobsThink about the type of skills or equipment you have that others may need. Can you change the oil in their car? Make a birthday cake? Clean their...

Teaching Children Coping Skills

Personal Finance Updated: September 29, 2015

Children are capable of learning and utilizing coping skills that will help them through difficult situations. Adults frequently become so preoccupied they...

What is Your Net Worth?

Personal Finance Updated: September 29, 2015

A net worth statement, sometimes called a financial statement, measures wealth or how much we are worth - at one point in time.  What are your assets? Assets...

Deciding Which Bills to Pay First

Personal Finance Updated: September 29, 2015

When you do not have enough money to cover your family’s basic living expenses and pay all your creditors, you face some difficult financial decisions.When...

What are Your Resources?

Personal Finance Updated: September 29, 2015

When the money gets tight, it is important to know what resources you have. Resources can be described as assets (time, money, energy), materials, or capital...

Managing Stress in Financial Crisis

Sources of StressTake Care of Your BodyTry to eat a healthy and balanced diet.Take time for an enjoyable physical activity to relieve stress.Get enough...

Debt Management in Tough Times

Debt management involves developing one or more strategies to help a debtor get that debt under control. Should you shop for a lower interest rate on your...

Accepting Your Feelings

Personal Finance Updated: September 29, 2015

People respond to a personal crisis with many feelings: anger, anxiety, outrage, self doubt. They may be hostile - lashing out at those closest to them. Or,...

Sizing Up Your Financial Situation

Personal Finance Updated: July 19, 2013

Sometimes unforeseen events in life challenge us. Regardless of the reason, you need to take charge during these challenging times.

Stretch Your Food Dollars at Home

Personal Finance Updated: August 11, 2011

Prevent Food Waste• Cut down on the amount of food you throw away; freeze leftovers or use them in recipes like soups or casseroles. aInstead of thinking...

Stretch Your Grocery Dollars

Personal Finance Updated: August 10, 2011

Planning Shopping Trips• Keep a pad and pencil handy for jotting down foods as they run low. Encourage all family members to add to the list.• Don’t shop...

When Prices Rise: Living on Your Income

Personal Finance Updated: March 01, 2011

An increase in the price of goods and services can be traumatic. When you have to pay more for things like gasoline, food and health care, other difficulties...

When Your Income Drops

Personal Finance Updated: June 29, 2010

Losing a job or otherwise experiencing a loss of income is a challenge in the best of times. In the current economy, it is essential to MAP OUT a plan to get...

Meeting Your Insurance Needs

Personal Finance Updated: June 25, 2010

When your income or personal situation changes, review your insurance coverage. If your income decreases because of a layoff, illness, disability, divorce,...

Keeping a Roof Overhead

Personal Finance Updated: June 25, 2010

Keeping a roof overhead is an important concern when your income drops. If you rank your bills in order of priority, chances are housing is at or near the...

Stretching Your Food Dollar

Personal Finance Updated: June 25, 2010

Grocery shopping can be a real challenge, especially if you are on a limited budget. However, food is a flexible budget expense which can be reduced when...

Controlling Spending

Personal Finance Updated: June 25, 2010

When the family faces reduced income, take immediate action to stop all excess spending. Whether your situation is temporary or extended, you need to get the...

Making the Most of What You Have

Personal Finance Updated: June 25, 2010

When your family income drops suddenly or expenses unexpectedly increase, your first concern may be how to pay your bills and meet your day-today expenses....

Having a Spending Plan is Critical

Personal Finance Updated: June 25, 2010

A spending plan or budget is a plan for spending and saving family resources to meet identified goals. What is the type of expense? • Fixed expenses occur...

Tips for Teens: How to Contribute to Family Needs During Tough Times

Personal Finance Updated: February 26, 2009

If your family is going through tough times financially, consider ways you can contribute. Asking your parent(s) to talk with you the family budget and...

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