Financial planning to survive a recession begins well before the possibility of a recession. Not understanding that a recession can occur is like assuming that a sunny day will not possibly be followed by a rainy day. Not preparing for possible challenging financial times is akin to not wanting to grow up. There are several actions and plans that must be carried out to ensure survival during tough financial times:
1. Maintain your career: Have you kept yourself up to date professionally? Is your resume polished? You can’t wait for the writing to be on the wall to prepare for potential lay-offs. Is there education you need that you have been putting off? To effectively maintain your career and hope to grow professionally, it is imperative that one networks regularly. You never know when someone you know is able to lead you to a different opportunity at just the right time. Considering and developing side interests seriously is smart. Explore your hobbies to see what could result in possible additional funds (and enjoyment). There are also significant tax savings to take into account. And having several eggs in the basket of your career never hurts.
2. Maintain your savings: Think you want the latest new car? Think again! Now is the time to be conservative and be very picky about your purchases. If you have to make a big purchase such as an auto, can you think outside the box and think of alternatives that will have less financial impact? How about using public transportation, moving closer to work or buying a used vehicle? Do you really need that latte on your way to work? How about cooking more and taking your food to work rather than going out? Little expenditures can add up. If you received that much in interest in your bank account, wouldn’t that make you happier than caffeine could?
3. Cover yourself! Make sure you are covered in the case of any emergency. Make certain you have adequate insurance for any potential risks to your finances auto, homeowners, medical, etc. A medical emergency not well covered could result in bankruptcy. Have you created a will to take care of any dependents? Do not leave them vulnerable. Insure that any children are well aware of the need to manage finances at an early age. They must also understand about the value of education and its usual impact on a stable, financially secure future. Do not leave this to chance. Have a continuous dialogue with them to cover yourself. You never know when you might need their financial assistance during a future recession!
Having these areas taken care of should allow one to endure the rainy days of life so the sunny days can be even more pleasant.