I have two weeks left in my current job before my contract expires. I won't be renewed (it gives me some solace that the reasons appear to be unrelated to my performance and that I had a couple of past extensions).
In the last year, I became quite financially literate and learnt many things about money I never knew before. I was making big plans with saving, considering future investment and superannuation decisions, and was actually taking action to live within my means and only buy what I needed in order to save. I rarely splurge or buy pointless items at all now. I got through the early stages of temptation, and now I am mostly okay each day.
Now I face unemployment (although I am alive in some other job application processes that hopefully bear fruit). The only other time I was unemployed in my working career was for a period of 4 months. My recollection was that it was terrible and savings, and holidays paid out from the previous job, disappeared. Then debt grew.
I wonder what I do now? I am not talking of a job searching nature, as I am working hard in that area. But do I now enable myself to temporarily shelve my savings plans, and just focus on long-term sustainment of what I have? I feel like I need to survive unemployment by being really stingy with my money. When I am working again, I can set those saving goals straight back up again based on my new salary.