Discussion 2: Money Management and Taxes
What are financial actions and revised goals Pam might want to consider at this time?Since the major portion of Pam’s income is based on commission, her earnings vary from one month to the next. This situation makes it difficult for her to establish a realistic budget. During lean months, she has had to resort to using her credit card to make ends meet. In fact, her credit card debt, $3,470, is at a fairly high level. In addition, she has not been able to save much for various unexpected expenses and for her long-term financial security.
During the year, Pam has had tax withholding greater than her actual tax liability. As a result, Pam is expecting a fairly large tax refund. In the past, she has always used tax refunds to finance major purchases (a vacation or furniture) or pay off credit card debt. Currently, she is also considering saving some of the money.
Starting a career
No dependents Monthly income $2,600 Living expenses $2,180 Assets $8,200 Liabilities $3,470 Emergency fund
What are financial actions and revised goals Pam might want to consider at this time?