I am a little ashamed to admit my budget has gone out the window lately. I have been sick which has meant lots of Dr’s visits, medical tests and things to find out what is wrong with me. My daughter was diagnosed with a severe learning delay and needs speech therapy as well as some other tests, which is costing a lot.
Then of course with me being sick I don’t always have meals prepared and a little take away has snuck in, as well as more convenience foods, which has increased the cost of my groceries.
Back in February I did a money makeover on my other blog, focusing each day on one aspect of the budget and how we could make or save money from it. I realized this week I need to revisit that myself and do everything I suggested in there.
You see, not only has the budget been blown, but the extra expenses I now have are more than I am making on a regular basis. Some of my income is sporadic and there is no knowing how much I will make week to week. So far I have made it through and money has always come when I needed it, but I hate living like that. Worrying if I will have enough money each week.
I try not to focus on the negative and that I won’t have enough money because every time I have done that it has come true. That is whenever I have looked at my expenses and thought “I’ll never be able to pay all of this” I end up not being able to afford my expenses. Instead I prefer to look at it like this “I will make an extra $500 a fortnight” and then proceed to find ways to make more money.
I have been selling more things which has helped and I have other things which would make us money I have put off doing, but now I am going to do it and be good at it. I can cover all my expenses, even if it doesn’t look like it right now, I will make more money.
What do you do when your expenses outweigh your income?