If your January paychecks have been smaller than you expected, you can thank the 2% social security tax hike that went into effect on January 1. Rising health insurance premiums may also be to blame. Still knowing the cause, does little to solve the problem of how you keep the bills paid when you're bringing home less money.
If you're wrestling with that quandary now, vow to have the problem resolved by the end of the weekend. Go over every item in your budget, and look for things that you can cut. Get on the phone, and ask your service providers to give you a better deal. Find free options for things that you're currently paying for. Do whatever it takes to make that budget crunch.
Here are some resources to get you going:
- Budget Calculator
- Budget Worksheet
- Free Alternatives for Paid Services
- How to Trim Your Budget
- Cut Back on on Extras
- Lower Your Bills
- Save Money on Food
- When There's Nothing Left to Cut from Your Budget