How to Sail Through a Recession Unscathed by: Amos Faulkner

A recession is one of those things that can't be avoided. However, you can make plans to ensure your finances aren't as hard-hit as they would've been if you hadn't made provision for this. Here are some helpful tips on how to sail through a recession unscathed.


Stick to your budget

Way before a recession takes you by surprise, it is better to prepare for any eventuality ahead of time rather than trying to react to it on the spur of the moment. Therefore, make it a habit to stick to your budget as much as possible to avoid going into debt at the best of times. 


Have multiple revenue streams

It's quite rare to rely on just one means of revenue solely; hence, many people have decided to start a side hustle to help supplement their primary source of income. 


Save money where you can

Again, having extra funds available could be the buffer you need to get through hard times. For example, you may want to invest in a home warranty to help save you money in the long run, should anything go wrong with your home's appliances and they require costly repairs to be done. Of course, this is another expense that must be considered carefully, especially during a recession. 

If you are planning on purchasing a property any time soon, then looking at the condition of the home as well as its appliances and systems should provide a clear answer to your question: is a home warranty worth the price? Be sure also to check out the inspection report to see if there is a home warranty already in place and what exactly this covers If you do decide to go with a home warranty because the risk is too big to chance, be sure to budget for the annual fee as well as the potential service fees you'll have to fork out for callouts. 


Refinance your home if you're short on options

If you're short on options, then it may be time to consider refinancing your mortgage to help free up some cash or get better repayment terms. If you have a Federal Housing Administration mortgage or a Veteran's Affairs loan, you might qualify for streamlined refinancing, which could see you saving money on closing costs. However, to qualify, you must be up-to-date with your mortgage payment to benefit financially from the refinancing option. 


Make intentional rather than rash purchases

Spending your money wisely means knowing that you get value in return for your hard-earned cash. Therefore, be sure to research products thoroughly by looking at ratings and reading reviews online to ensure that you are making a quality and not a rush purchase. 


Have an emergency fund

An emergency fund is useful if you are without your primary source of income for a considerable amount of time. Furthermore, an emergency fund is exactly that - meaning it should only be used for emergencies, which, as Murphy's Law would have it, can and do crop up at the least expected times. 


Try not to let your worries run rampant

In times of recession, it is vital not to let your worries run rampant. In fact, you'll need clarity of mind to make the best financial decisions possible. So be sure to address any mental health concerns as promptly as possible so that you are on the attack when the time comes. 

Indeed, it pays to look into all your options if a recession were to hit, and if it came down to refinancing your home - so be it! 

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