Here are some things we can do to make our lives a bit easier.
Apply for unemployment. For many of us this seems impossible. If you are having difficulties keep at it. Sooner or later yo will succeed on filling out the online forms or getting someone on the phone. It has been my experience that when you do get signed up that you can get paid retroactively.
Are you in need of extra cash. Filling out surveys can help to provide some extra income. It takes a bit of work. I personally have filled out surveys for several companies and have been paid. It is not a get rich quick way of earning an income but at least it can help to put food on the table, keep you from becoming homeless and maybe put a bit of gas in the car. See the top survey sites of 2020.
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The Four Walls
We teach that when you are short of funds it is necessary to go into storm mode and concentrate on your four walls. The four walls consist of food, shelter (including utilities), basic clothing and basic transportation. Transportation can be expensive so we recommend using public transportation if at all possible. You stop paying monthly bills on credit cards and anything that is not essential for daily living expenses.
Make Every Dollar Count
Cancel all subscriptions. These would include any monthly memberships in clubs, gyms, entertainment items including cable. Youtube.com is a great way to watch television and if you have a smart phone, smart television or tablet this will work almost as good as cable. If you have favorite programs do a search on YouTube and you may find what you normally watch but for free! One of the items some of us have are things like pet insurance. This usually has high deductibles and I have found that many items that are basic at the vet are not covered. As much as we love our pets sometimes it is time to depart from our pet when their health is keeping them from having a good life. Stop using credit cards for any purchases. Many times we use credit for wants. Remember anytime you use credit and it is not paid off by the end of the month that you will pay interest. Interest is money that you are never able to spend on things that you want or need in the future.
Expand Your Job Search
Just because you normally work in a factory or warehouse or maybe in a more upscale job it does not mean you limit your job search to the same job or skill set. We need to look to create new skills or apply for other types of employment. Many companies are seeking temporary workers or even permanent employees to take the place of those that are unwilling to go to work because of Coronavirus. Consider delivery jobs. Consider task that you can perform in your local neighborhood. If you are going to drive in a new job be sure to check with your insurance company. Consider pet sitting or dog walking as a possibility. Go door to door in your neighborhood and meet your neighbors.
Many of us have purchased stuff over the years. Look around your garage or basement. You can likely find stuff you can sell on websites or maybe have a sale of items in your driveway. Let folks know about your driveway sale on twitter, Facebook and other social media accounts. Sell so much stuff the pets think they are next.
For some of us we have been investing for our retirement. To maintain the 4 walls that we wrote about earlier you may want to consider taking small amounts from retirement accounts for survival. We recommend that this money be used only for the 4 walls. Do not spend these funds to pay off debt or any creditors.
This tool is not recommended. These come with high fees and can mean that you will not have a home to stay in if you do not meet all the requirements. You must maintain the home in good repair and you still pay all the taxes. You can live in the home until death. If you do not live in the home for 12 months the monies received in a reverse mortgage come due on the reverse mortgage. This means at that time if the reverse mortgage is not paid that a foreclosure will take place.
If you qualify you can begin to receive social security payments. It may take some time to get started but payments will be received from the time that you apply. For full details you need to contact social security. There are many variables that need to be discussed with them that includes the possibility of suspending payments or repaying amounts received if you change your mind.