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Living On One Income-Taking Action

Living On One Income-Taking Action

When our family became a one-income household it was not by choice. I was promised a job that would increase our income and free up more of my time. However, once I gave a notice to my previous employer and left, I received a call that my job offer was being rescinded due to ” a project delay” (I was a property manager).

At first, despair set in. My salary was a large chunk of our total income and now it was gone, with no advance notice. In the end, I truly felt, and still feel, that this was God’s way of forcing me to let go of that job since it was physically taking a toll on me. However, it was a scary time for us and one that forced us to buckled down on our finances in order to make ends meet.

So I wanted to share with you some actions you can take now if you plan on going from a two income household to one. Even if it’s not in your future plans it’s always a good thing to financially prepare for, in case your family has to face a sudden loss of income.

Living On One Income-Taking Action

Start now

Don’t wait until your income decreases to implement changes. If you plan on living on one income in the future, start practicing now by placing the second income into a savings account. This will be a great way to experience what it will be like to live on one income while having a safety net to help you in the transition process.

Also, if you have debt make every effort to pay it off while you still have two incomes. Paying off your debt while you still have two income will also help reduce your monthly expense which will help when you’re down to one income.

Make your money stretch

I can’t stress enough how important this is. We work hard for our money, so why not spend some extra time trying to stretch it as far as we can? Figure out where you’re spending the bulk of your money and then make it a goal to decrease it.

Start small. If you currently spend $150 per week on groceries then make it a goal to reduce it by $15 per week until you reach your desired budget.

Check out these money saving tips:

How To Deal With Rising Food Prices
7 Ways To Save On Groceries Without Using Coupons
9 Frugal {and Fun} Activities To Do With Your Family

Assess what’s truly important

Not only should you stretch your dollars, but you should also make sure that you are not wasting your money on unnecessary expenses. Now unnecessary for you will look different than it will for my family.

You’ll have to truly evaluate what’s important to your family and what your income can afford. Ditching cable or pricey cellphone plans may be a great place to start.

Check out these articles to help you get started:

5 Habits That Are Sabotaging Your Income
7 Tips For Living On One Income

Have a backup

What if you have an unexpected expense or a sudden illness? Ideally, you’ll want to have a nice cushion saved up for emergencies or unexpected life events. However, if your income loss is a result of a job loss or circumstances beyond your control make sure you still have a plan in place.

Here are some tips to help you to start saving today:

How to Save Money When You’re Barely Surviving
5 Ways To Find Hidden Money In Your Home

Consider other income-earning alternatives

Even if you voluntarily give up one income, you should still consider other income-earning alternatives. Why? Because even if you can survive on one income it’s always nice to have some extra spending cash every now and then.

The times when we had less income is when we allowed our entrepreneurial juices to flow and it’s also when I devoted time to growing my virtual assistant business. I know that not everyone wants to own their own business, but even a small sideline business can be a great way to have some extra income coming into the home.

Do you have any tips for living on one income? Please comment and share with others below!

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  1. Erika says:

    This post was so helpful, I am thinking about soon transitioning our family to one income! Sometimes it seems so impossible, but I know if thats God’s will for us, it’s worth the effort! Thank you for your encouragement on this topic 🙂

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  4. Great list! We have officially become a single income family this month, now that I’m staying home with our baby. We planned ahead and I’m still teaching some piano lessons (as a back-up plan) but it’s really never too early to start planning!

    • Jesenia Montanez says:

      Thanks Kristen! That’s great that you’re teaching piano lessons as a back up! I played piano for many years by the way and loved it. 🙂

  5. Jesenia,

    Your tip on learning to live on one income is great. My husband and I have done that since we were first married, ten years ago. It allowed me to work to put him through grad school and then be a stay at home mom. Now that I am working again we are putting everything that I make on to paying off our house early. Living this way has given us so much freedom to do the things that we love!


    • Jesenia Montanez says:

      That’s awesome Sarah! Thanks for sharing and I checked out your blog, love your home decor! Can’t wait to browse some more. 🙂

  6. Love this post Jesenia! I especially love how you state that you need to START now and not wait. That is truly the best advice because I believe that it is wise to live on one income even if there are two (or more!) income earners in a household. You never know what may happen!

    • Jesenia Montanez says:

      Thanks Jessi! I know it’s hard, but we still try to live on one income which in turn helps is focus on saving and paying off debt.