facebookGenerally a frugal person but now I'm back to square one as a bulk of savings were used for wedding and study loans. Might lose my full-time job soon, what should I do? - Seedly

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08 Jun 2021

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Generally a frugal person but now I'm back to square one as a bulk of savings were used for wedding and study loans. Might lose my full-time job soon, what should I do?

I'm working part-time over weekends still. How should I approach this situation? What should I do if I lose my job?

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What are your thoughts?

1) don't panic.

2) Check your expenses (average 3 months at minimum, if you can do full year that would be great). Note which are the fixed non-negotiable items (housing loan payment, hp bills, power / water, s&cc, tax, insurance) and average your other variable expenses (eg eating, recreation, travel, shopping). Work out how much you would need monthly.

3) look at your bank balance and divide by the monthly amount in (2).

If you have less than 3 month coverage, you will need to find the variable expenses to trim or scale back without affecting your overall life (some examples include cable TV, netflix, movies, travel). This will make the cash last as long as possible. Your priority and focus will switch to making this buffer as fat as possible to tahan 6 mths, while you work and control spending.

if you have 6 mths or more, you are in a better position, you could just control the spending and put more focus on finding a better long term job.

Don't quit your job, hang onto as long as possible. If you lose your job, ask for retrenchment benefits. Work through the math and budget. Knowing your numbers will give you more confidence and helps you keep calm.

If you have more than enough time to do all the above, you can also try this - I do two budgets, one assuming (a) everything is normal, no loss of income, and (b) I will lose my job and the next one has a 30% pay cut. I plan out what are the things I will already cut to balance budget (b). Doing these two budgets have made me overall a calmer person.

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Ernest Yeam Wee Leong

Ernest Yeam Wee Leong

24 Mar 2020

Content Creator at www.youtube.com/c/JustBeingErnest

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Pang Zhe Liang

Pang Zhe Liang

24 Mar 2020

Senior Financial Services Consultant at AIA Singapore Private Limited

Firstly, we need to have a complete understanding on our cashflow. Through this process, we will und...

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