After chatting with many entrepreneurs and even those who work for big corporations over the last couple of weeks during COVID-19, the biggest question and concern on everyone’s minds (besides staying healthy) is “How am I going to pay my bills if I’m not working and not bringing in money?”
Here are a few ways that I have come up with in order to be able to save money right now and defer payments to auto loans, credit cards, insurance, utilities, and even mortgage payments. Also, many subscription-based companies are waiving monthly fees to help their users save money!
Deferring payments allows you the opportunity to push the current month’s payment to the end of your loan. Some companies, like the utility companies, are allowing people to make payments on bills that are becoming due.
First things first, be sure that you turn off any auto payments that you may already have scheduled on your current bills. Then be sure that you are not paying for subscriptions that you no longer use, I went through and unsubscribed from four different subscriptions that I personally had that I hadn’t even logged into for over three months.
Remember when you call (or email) these businesses, you need to let them know that you’ve been financially affected by Covid-19 and that you’re looking for options and their assistance.
Please note that I am not a financial advisor. The ideas below have come from actual things I have personally done and/or is the info I have been given from companies that are offering to defer payments and waive payments for their clients. If there are any other suggestions provided, I will link below who it came from so that you can do your own research as well.
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I highly encourage everyone to share this blog and the graphic below with your family and friends. Even if you’re not being financially affected by Covid-19 chances are, you know someone who is. There are many people who don’t realize there are ways to stay afloat during these times.
As I continue collecting ways to help you save money during this time, I’ll keep updating this blog post.
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Along with being an “elder millennial” wedding and lifestyle photographer, I’m also a family gal. I’m recently engaged to my best friend of 10 years, mama to a rad teenage daughter (who happens to photograph weddings with me), the owner of (2) cute little pups, and driver of a yellow Dodge Challenger. On non-wedding days, you’ll most likely find me in the gym by 7:30 am getting my cardio on and then hitting up my favorite local San Luis Obispo California hotspots with my fiance, daughter, and friends. Traveling adventures are my jam, there’s no place I won’t go with my camera in hand.