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Managing the new expenses of living single

There are many benefits to being married. You can expect lower tax rates, shared living expenses and the stability of a joint income. Indeed, many of the benefits you may enjoy are financial. In fact, many couples find the motivation to marry because of the financial benefits matrimony can provide. When you divorce, how can you readjust to single life and handle an increase in expenses?

There are a few tips you can take to make this transition a little easier. Whether you are freshly divorced or still dealing with the financial adjustment several years out, you can benefit from applying these ideas to your life and ensuring that a separation does not wreak financial havoc on your life.

Establish a budget

The first step to adjusting to a financial change of any kind is establishing a budget you can live with. This is a challenge if you have grown accustomed to a budget that includes two incomes and split expenses. There are many ways to establish a realistic budget that will accommodate your expenses and needs, though. According to EveryDollar, you should track all expenses and save for big purchases.

Find ways to cut back

Even with the most effective budgeting skills, it is likely true you will have to cut back on some of the luxuries and spending you enjoy. Rather than eating out, for example, you should plan to make dinner. Little changes like this may seem small, but they can add up to some substantial savings and make your adjustment to single life much easier. 

Know what to expect

One of the most important principles to keep in mind is simply knowing what to expect. When you get divorced, it can be difficult to accept the many changes that are to come, but understanding that change is inevitable will help you deal with it in a healthy way. Getting divorced can be the start of a beautiful new life, and you can make it happen by proactively managing your finances.

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