Due to the COVID - 19 pandemic the year 2020 has come to a sudden pause. Due to the lockdown, both normal lives and the world economy faced a massive blow. Unemployment has shot up due to the pandemic effect. Unfortunately, among them, some students also lost their part-time jobs. A recent NUS report also stated that 80% of UK students are still struggling with their finances due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
Why are students facing financial hardship?
So, let’s have a look at how students can manage their finances during this pandemic.
a. Track your expenses and unnecessary spending
You should make a list of direct debits that happen every month from your account. You may use online apps to track your expenses and cancel unwanted subscriptions to reduce monthly outgoings. This method will be useful for you if you maintain multiple bank accounts.
You should cancel the magazine subscription that you never use. If you have any app that requires a monthly payment, but it is useless for you, then you should plan to end that app subscription also.
b. Make an emergency budget
If, as a student, you want to create an emergency budget, then you should prepare a list of all the upcoming incomes you have, such as - maintenance loans, gifts, grants, or cash from parents. You should also add all the expenses such as food, rent, medical bills, credit card bills, travel, tuition fees, etc. Calculate how much you have in hand at the end of the month. This way calculate each month's savings and save it as an emergency fund. Try to save more than the previous month every time.
c. Pay your credit card debts timely
Students should repay their credit card in full within the due date each month, if you have one. If credit card bills aren’t paid on time, you will be charged interest on the balances on your cards. If you withdraw money from your credit cards, interest will also be charged on that cash advance. The interest rate will be quite high and it will be added in your monthly credit card bills.
If you want to repay only the minimum monthly payment on your credit card bills, then additional interest will be charged on the balance amount. Apart from that, it will also negatively affect your credit score.
So, paying off your credit card bills timely is a great way to resolve debt and improve credit score as a student.
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