This series of articles from Living Cheap helps provides a useful guide to how to live life on a low income. They are ideal for those of us living on benefits, although not all of the tips will help all of us. Living on a low income needs planning, and the ten tips will help you plan not just for the everyday, but also how to deal with financial emergencies.
Number 9 - 'Talk About It.
One of the most important things to remember is that you should not bottle things up inside and keep secrets from other people that may be affected by your situation, especially your partner. By not sharing what's going on in your financial life you can also start to have an effect on your relationship and this can be devastating to families. The biggest problems in marriages can come from keeping things from each other. When your partner knows something is wrong but you won't share with them, then they start to imagine the worst and this can lead to mistrust and arguments and divorce.
It can be hard to do, especially if you are a proud person, but take the time, once per month to sit down and go through exactly what you have earned and what you have spent with your partner. Share your records with them and show them the progress you are making. This way you can plan goals together and can share the happiness when things start to go right.
What if you don't have a parnter? Well, there is some truth in the saying that a problem shared is a problem halved. See if you can identify a money buddy, someone who you can confide in who will help you in the same way as described above. Someone you can turn to for advice when you are faced with a difficult choice or situation can be priceless.'