Facing A Reduction of Income or Wage Cut
To streamline and minimize blog maintenance, I will be discontinuing maintaining the Canadapersonalfinancewebsite.com website (however, I will still hold the domain). I will gradually move all articles from this site to A Dawn Journal. This article originally published on the above website on Jan 31, 2010
When you are made redundant, there is usually some form of remuneration payment and the prospect, no matter how bleak it may appear at the time of further and new employment. For some, the lucky few, there is the encouragement of being told that your employment is secure, and that there is also the possibility of a pay rise or promotion further down the track. However, there are some who have been given an assurance of ongoing employment, only at cost of having to work reduced hours and for a reduced pay check at the end of each week.
Meeting the challenge of a reduction in pay is something that can bring out resourcefulness in many different ways.
The first thing that should be done is to make a complete list of what income is actually spent on each month. Often, by the simple process of listing and setting out in writing what each expenditure is, it will immediately be seen which are essentials and which, consistent with maintaining a reasonable standard living can be cut out, or pruned back.
Compare the total of this list with your total after tax income and you will have a precise amount, the deficit that you will have each month if expenditure remains at the same level.
Part of the expenditure will be fixed, in the form of loan or debt repayment. You can look at taking advantage of new lower interest rates by considering a debt consolidation loan, converting all your monthly debt repayments into one, lower interest rate, debt servicing repayment, against which you may be able to offset the interest charge even more by having the repayments made weekly instead of monthly, which can save years of repayments in terms of a home mortgage debt.
Charges for Utilities, and rates are often able to be paid on a weekly repayment arrangement if you make contact with the relevant authorities and inform them of your situation, rather than having to meet the entire cost of pre-payment in one lump sum.
Expenses associated with motor vehicles can be drastically reduced, and give you the possibility of a much needed capital sum, if you consider selling one of two motor vehicles and making use of public transport and sharing the use of the remaining vehicle. For some, using public transport might mean that a private car is no longer needed.
Look at your savings – it is a good idea to keep some on call funds for possible emergencies – but there is no point in having funds in a savings account, earning little interest if you have high interest debts that you could use this money to repay, and so reduce your monthly outgoings.
Every voluntary expense can be looked at to see what can be discarded, and which will need to be reduced. Subscriptions can be cancelled. It is often tempting to reduce expenditure on food, but this can often be a mistake, as you will need to keep healthy and fit, and to have a lot of spare energy to survive a financial crisis