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Budgeting Disability Benefits
Disability benefits are essential if you are out of work and dealing with a serious injury or condition. You're dealing with medical bills, and the day-to-day expenses become a burden if you aren't able to work and earn money. You need the benefits to last from month to month, so establishing a budget or spending plan can help you get the most out of them. On this page, we offer a few suggestions on how to budget disability benefits.
Evaluate how much you spend in each area.
Keep track of how much money you spend monthly on food, housing, transportation, clothing, entertainment, utilities, etc. By seeing how much money you spend each month on certain things, you may realize that it could be spent in a better way.
Use lists when shopping.
If you write a grocery list or shopping list before you go to the store, you'll know exactly what you need and what you don't. This can prevent impulse buys, which can cost a lot of money.
Compare prices on big and little purchases.
People who are looking to buy a car don't usually take a first offer. Instead, they'll negotiate or shop around to get the best deal. Use this strategy on all types of purchases. Additionally, evaluate whether or not you're shopping at a grocery store with the best prices. A few dollars here and there can add up over a month.
Maintain appliances and vehicles.
Replacing a dishwasher, refrigerator, or even a car is expensive. Routine maintenance, such as cleaning a car's air filter and getting an oil change, can help prevent costly repairs down the road. If possible, complete repairs yourself or ask a friend to do them.
Try to avoid going to restaurants, even fast food.
With a little research, you can find recipes that make a lot of food and have a low cost. Cooking large meals also means you can have leftovers for other meals throughout the week, which can save you more money.
Cut waste on your bills.
Look at the services on cell phone, cable, Internet, and other bills. If you don't use any, get rid of them. You can also save money on electricity by turning up your air conditioner by a few degrees, turning off lights and fans when not using them, and limiting wasted water.
These tips are just a few of the simple ways to save money. Each person and family is different, so take the time to develop your own strategy for saving money or spending it in a better way. The disability lawyers at the Coye Law Firm can help you consider important expenses, such as taxes, when you begin receiving disability checks. Call us today for complete advice on disability benefits, including appeals and taxes.