Thursday, October 17, 2013

Take A Second And Just Breathe: What To Do During A Financial Emergency

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Financial emergencies happen everyday, and not every family is prepared to handle the emergency when it happens. Sometimes you will find that you need help to get through the rough patch and you might feel a little overwhelmed. 

 When you face financial difficulties, the best thing that you can do is take your time, breathe, and approach the problem methodically. When you do that, you will be able to limit the damage and move forward without mortgaging your future.

Step One: Calm Down

The first reaction that you might have when you get into an unexpected emergency is panic. You want to take care of things right away and get on with your life, but the more stressed you get, the more likely you are to make bad decisions. Take an hour or so and just sit back and assess the situation critically. 

 What is the emergency? How long do you have to take care of it? Is it just a monetary issue or are there other things that you need to do as well? Once you know what the situation is, you will be able to make decisions with a clear head and move quickly to the right solution.

Step Two: Communicate

The next thing that you need to do is communicate your issue. If you are married, make sure that you and your spouse are on the same page. If it is something that affects roommates, call a house meeting and let everyone know what is going on. 

 The other person that you need to communicate with is the person who is asking for the money. Utility companies are often willing to work with customers who need an extra day or two to get payments in, and landlords would much rather keep a renter than try to find someone new. 

 Make sure that you let the person know that you are doing what you can to make payment and give them a timetable for when you will be able to get them their money. Do not be vague, or else they might think that you are just trying to stall; the more concrete details that you can provide, the more likely it is that the person you owe money too will work with you.

Step Three: Solve The Problem

The last thing that you need to work on is solving the problem. There are several different ways for you to get the money that you need to take care of a financial emergency. 

 You can go a traditional route and try to get the money from the bank, but if you have poor credit, this is probably not going to work out. If you have some things of value that you can live without for a short period of time, then you can always go to a pawn shop and get a pawn loan for those items. 

 The problem is that you will not get anywhere near what the items are worth in return, and if you cannot pick up your items when the pawn period is over, you will lose them. The best solution is probably going to be a payday loan. With a payday loan you can get a short term cash infusion that will not wreck your future financial security. You will be able to get money based on the amount of money that you can afford to repay on your next payday, and then your commitment is over.

Getting through a financial emergency takes time and patience. You need to approach the situation with a clear head, so that you make the best decisions and you will be able to move forward once the emergency is over. With the right approach, you will be back on track in no time at all.

1 comment:

  1. Keeping calm everytime there is a financial emergency is one thins we usually forget. The immediate reaction would be panic and in the end we end up getting so stressed and messed up. If we keep calm, we will be able to think properly on how to solve our problems. I have proven that myself.


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