Bought groceries and supplies today. So I’m set for another couple weeks even if it means the money is going to be tight for awhile. Such is expected being on disability insurance and having limited funds to work with. Being able to budget money is a skill everyone needs. But it’s vitally important being on disability insurance. Social Security Disability Insurance isn’t designed to make it’s recipients wealthy. It is usually enough to get you by if you do a little planning and budgeting.
Every time I’m out shopping I hunt for sales and discounts. I also have a rewards card (not a credit card) through one of the regional grocery store chains that gives discounts on gasoline purchases. I have planned to where I usually get a 50 cent per gallon discount when I buy fuel. As I don’t have a SUV or a pickup truck I can usually get by pretty inexpensive with gas. I had a Ford Explorer for a few years but decided to trade it off once gas got more expensive. It was good for hauling things around and I even made a little money hauling things around for friends and neighbors. But it was an excessive expense that wasn’t worth it anymore, at least not for me. Other luxury things I cut down on was eating out. I was appalled how much money I was spending on eating out once I sat down and did budgets and reviewed my spending. I probably eat out now only once a week on average. And I found out I was a decent cook. I’m especially good at grilling as I have one of those electric grills that I do almost all my meals on.
I also shop at discount stores, Goodwill (but I don’t buy furniture from Goodwill as I’m concerned about bed bugs), and Salvation Army. I buy most of my clothes out of season when they are on clearance. You can find some good deals doing this. I don’t use coupons as much as I should. I don’t subscribe to any newspapers or magazines so I don’t get much for coupons. But I still find deals.
Another key to living on disability insurance is staying out of debt. Those credit card payments with interest are killers, especially on a fixed income. All I can say if you are on disability insurance and in debt is find a way to pay those debts off. I had some debts I could have easily gotten in trouble with. You may have to ask for help. You may have to negotiate with your creditors and work out some kind of deal. You might even get some of your debts forgiven if you keep lines of communication open. Do not avoid collections. But do remain calm if collection agents harass you. Getting out of debt sucks but it is more than worth it once you’re no longer making payments.
Shopping at discount stores, looking for sales, using incentive programs, and staying out of debt are vital for anyone living on fixed income. I had friends who filed for bankruptcy. I saw how much pain and stress it caused them. After seeing this I vowed I wouldn’t let it happen to me if I could avoid it. I don’t have much of a margin of error with as little as I earn. Since I don’t make much money I have to be real wise with money. I have to control expenses.