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TIPS ON HOW TO COPE WITH INFLATION - Family Bank Limited, Kenya

Inflation measures the progressive increase in the price of goods and services over a set period. During this time, the consumers lose their purchasing power which means that how much they could buy with money decreases due to high prices for goods and services.  Inflation is normal but it becomes a financial burden for businesses and consumers when it is too high.

The current inflation has been caused by the disruptions in the supply chain and currency devaluation which has made it difficult to access goods leading to increase in prices. Consumers are then forced to pay an inflated price for essential products.

The following are ways in which you can cope with inflation to ease the financial burden:

Create a budget.

A budget helps you to control and keep track of your expenses. It will help you make more informed financial decisions that are aligned with your short and long-term financial goals. If you already have a budget, then you should review it to ensure that they are still aligned with your financial goals. It is also a good time to look for areas where you can cut costs and create a more sustainable budget.

Diversify your investments.

Investments can help you minimize the impact of inflation by generating for you extra income. Diversifying your investments can help you balance out losses from investments that lose value during a high inflation period. This is because the values of the different assets can depreciate and having a diversified investment portfolio helps you to reduce the risk by creating a balance between risk and reward. You can diversify your portfolio by investing in bonds, equities, stocks and alternative investments such as land. This is also a good way to create long-term wealth.

Seek a financial advisor.

Inflation is very unpredictable, and you can never predict when it will end or how long it will last. Having a financial advisor can help you make informed financial decisions that are aligned with your financial goals. A financial advisor can also help you structure your finances in a way that allows you to withstand the inflation period, suggest adjustments in your financial plans and ensure that you remain on track to meet your financial goals. When choosing a financial advisor make sure that they are aligned with your financial goals and the relationship you have established is built on trust and faith.

Manage your debt.

Debt management will help control and manage your debt to keep it from overwhelming you. One of the ways you can manage debt is by restructuring it so that you can avoid defaulting on existing debts. You can negotiate with a financial institution to lower loan interest rates or extend the repayment period. You can also prioritize your debts by paying off the ones that have higher interests to reduce the total cost overtime. Additionally, consolidating debts is another measure that can help you reduce monthly payments into one payment which helps you in tracking your debt and lower the likelihood of defaulting.

Inflation is unavoidable and you cannot fully prepare for it. As an individual, you can only reduce the risk it can cause on the value of your assets. It is therefore important to choose a strategy that is right for you and your financial goals.