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How to Overcome a Financial Crisis

When you are in the midst of a financial crisis, it may seem as if there is no way out.  Facing eviction, essential medical costs you cannot pay or other vital expenses that you don’t have the money for can be very frightening and you may not know where to turn. Fortunately, there are solutions available when you go through a financial hard time. You just need to think carefully and explore the options systematically to find the right option for you.

Tips for Overcoming a Financial Crisis

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When you are facing a financial crisis, consider these tips for solving your problem:

  • Determine the amount of money you need.  Sit down and consider what the essential expenses are that you need to pay right away. There may be things that you can eliminate form your budget that are not high priority and you may find out that you don’t need quite as much money as you originally believed that you would require.  You should take the time to figure out the extent of the crisis as your very first step to finding a solution.
  • Raise money through selling unnecessary items. Almost everyone has things around the home they don’t need any more, from old cell phones to furniture sitting in the garage. Consider having a garage sale or listing items on Craigslist or eBay to try to raise funds.
  • Take a short-term loan.  You can get a loan very quickly from, even if your credit is not very good. The loan can help you to deal with an immediate financial crisis and can save you from incurring more costs that might arise as a result of things like an eviction or having your utilities shut off.  Taking a short-term loan can solve an immediate financial crisis that you are experiencing and can buy you time to come up with a long-term plan to get your finances more under control.
  • Look into the benefits that may be available to you through the government. provides comprehensive information about the different kinds of benefits that may be available to you.  You may be eligible for supplemental nutrition assistance, assistance with medical bills and other benefits through state and federal programs. These programs can provide you with longer-term financial relief if you are struggling to meet your bills.
  • Explore local charities and assistance programs in your area. Many community groups and churches provide emergency loans and other assistance to people who are in a financial crisis. It is always worth checking to see if there is a nonprofit or other charitable organization that can be of assistance to you, especially if it is a charity or church that you may have had a prior relationship with.
  • Turn to friends and family.  You may be able to find family members and friends who are willing to help you through your financial crisis.  Family members may have advice for you, information on where to turn or may even be willing to offer you a loan or a gift when you are facing financial challenges.  
  • Talk to your bank or credit card company. In some cases, it may be possible to secure a short-term loan or to get a cash advance that can help you to deal with your financial crisis.   There is usually a high fee charged for a credit card cash advance, while a bank personal loan is typically not available right away and there is a waiting period required. Still, it is worth considering as an option to deal with your financial issues.

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Once you have found the money to pay the bills that you have pressing or to solve your immediate financial crisis, it is a good idea to create a long-term plan so you won’t have further problems in the future.  Some of the things that you can do to improve your financial picture over the long-term include:

  • Consider getting credit counseling to deal with debt problems.
  • Set a budget and try to stick to it so you’ll have a plan for where your money goes.
  • Try to save up an emergency fund equal to three to six months of living expenses so you will have cash available when a crisis arises.

While it can be hard to do all of these different things, they can help you to have firm financial footing so you won’t experience financial problems on an ongoing basis. 

Samuel Fernandez is good with two things—money and words. Read his blogs to enjoy good info on both!

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