The economic impact of COVID-19

The repercussions of the pandemic are felt and will continue to be felt in the coming years across multiple industries in the world. The economy is facing a major setback due to the effects of the lockdown where international trade had been disrupted, creating a chain reaction in all economic activities. This means that because fewer goods are being sold, there are fewer purchases, which result in lower business profits, limiting income to hire and pay employees.

 

This temporary or permanent job-loss has a direct impact on household incomes across the nation, along with more people competing for fewer lower-wage jobs. Worldwide cancellation of events does not only affect the employees of the venues or events but impact hotel, airline, and retail companies as well. The loss of paid time off during quarantines is also a concern for those who fall ill with COVID-19.

How to be financially responsible during a pandemic

It is now even more important to manage and spend our finances wisely to avoid falling into debt. Cutting costs where you can and having a sound financial plan can help you ensure that you remain afloat financially. Here are a few more tips on how to navigate COVID-19 with your wallet.

 

  • Know your credit score - This is useful when applying for loans or to manage your credit.
  • Don’t fall back on your debt repayments - Cutback, where you can, to stay on top of your monthly repayments.
  • Only take payment holidays when necessary - These usually can result in a higher cost of credit, so be sure when you actually need them.
  • Budget, budget, budget - Track your spending and avoid using a credit card for purchases until you can fully manage the repayments.
  • Cutback on expenses - Evaluate your top 3 expenses and see where you can minimize your spending. Avoid eating out or purchasing material items you don’t actually need.

 

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the financial landscape in many ways, causing uncertainties and an unstable income source for many. Support your finances by applying for the appropriate loans when you need them, staying on time with your repayments, and reviewing your spending. Being financially smart now, however difficult may be, will only yield positive results for a more secure financial future.