Single-Income Success: 6 Financial Tips for Thriving in One-Earner Households

Regardless of how you found yourself in this position, a one-income household is not uncommon, and it’s certainly not unmanageable.

Think about how you need your money to function and come up with a budget, and plan to execute it. Without a budget, even a multi-income household might become financially unstable.

Here are some easy tips and tricks to consider if you’re working with one income, and how to make it work for you.


Be Honest About  How You Spend  Your Money

If you want to take control of your finances, the first step you need to take is getting honest about how you spend your money.

Re-Evaluate Your Debt

Go over your monthly, recurring debts, and do what you can to try and shrink those payments. A lower interest rate can make a significant change in the total amount you’ll repay.

Have an Emergency Fund

Without a second stream of income to fall back on, you should make it a top priority to create, and contribute to, an emergency fund.

Take Advantage of the Gig Economy

Picking up a side hustle from time to time can help with financial obligations, without consistently maintaining a  second job.


When done responsibly, investing can help you earn money for your household that can elevate your financial standing in a semi-passive way.

Consider Life Insurance

When households operate off a single earner, it’s truly critical to be set up to still financially survive if that earner passes away.

Financial Tips and Tricks for One-Income Households

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