Major changes in our lives can also have a huge effect on our personal finances. And because some events may not be as well as we expected, it’s important to always be prepared. In this article, let’s talk about three major life changes that can confront all of us and what we can do to face up to financial crisis.
Unemployment and Loss of Income
The recent economic slump has left thousands of people without jobs and with barely enough finances to get by. Financial experts advise all consumers to build up a personal savings account that would be enough to support them for at least six months or longer. This way, in case of a job loss, you will have funds to support you and your family as you look for a new job.
If you have lost your job, you need to act quickly and create a new budget plan that will suit your present financial situation. Closely examine your monthly expenses and find ways to cut back your costs. True, it may require some sacrifices on your part but it is an important step to avoid aggravating the problem.
Since you have lost your monthly source of income, it may be difficult for you to keep up with your bills. If you are in the middle of loan repayment, what can you do? Instead of trying to hide from your creditors, take the initiative to speak to each of your creditors and inform them about your situation. Ask if your present repayment terms can be modified to avoid defaults. If your creditor can see that your present situation makes it impossible for you to make payments with the present terms, your creditor may adjust the rates, waive some fees, or extend your due dates.
Injury and Illness
When a person falls ill or gets injured, he/she may not be able to continue with work. Obviously, sustaining income will be tough during these times. This is why consumers are advised to acquire a health insurance plan so they can be financially secured in case of illness or injury.
Nonetheless, if you are confronted with this problem, below are some things you can do to ease the burden:
Look for clinics or hospitals in your locality that offer free medical service.
Ask for generic prescription drugs which are cheaper than branded ones.
Inquire about Medicaid or Medicare (for 65 yrs and older) coverage from your State’s Health Department.
Check from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) if you are eligible for deductions.
Be sure to act quickly before your debts build up. Get in touch with your creditors to let them know that you are not escaping from your obligations but that you will need a new repayment plan due to your illness or injury. Most creditors would gladly modify their terms to help a customer in need.
When natural disasters strike, people can lose their properties which can result to financial hardship later on. What can you do in face of this situation? Having a home insurance and medical insurance coverage can make a difference.
As soon as the disaster is over, get in touch with your creditors to inform them about your current situation and request for a debt management plan. Check if your company provides an Employee Assistance Program and register with the Social Security Administration to acquire financial assistance offered for calamity victims.