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Not everyone is perfect. No matter how much effort you put into keeping yourself organized, now and then a life situation will crop up that renders you financially and emotionally immobile. It might be the death of a relative, a divorce, or a job loss.

These can and do happen to anyone unexpectedly, and when they do your entire life must be reassessed for you to help create order out of chaos. This will help you prevent errors in judgment that can leave you in a worse off position, especially when it comes to your financial habits. It’s not pretty, but it’s important to break the cycle and get yourself back on your feet as soon as possible.

When it comes to your finances, some simple recuperation tips can help you get back on your feet and monetarily progress at the rate you were beforehand.

Manage Your Debt

First of all, all sticky financial situations are a result of the pileup of debt. Either you’re about to take on debt, or you’re so far in it that it’s hard to see past the next financial week. These can both be troubling circumstances if they’re not dealt with accordingly.

To begin with, you need to assess your most pressing financial concerns and total that against any income you might expect over the next month. Keeping open lines of communication with your creditors can help them look favorably upon you when it comes to securing and collecting the debt. You might also learn about useful methods of debt recovery and slashing interest piling up through methods like debt consolidation. You can read about it online to find the best methods for doing so, and to find a firm that will give you the best chances of success.

Sell/Clear Out

Unfortunately, a time of financial difficulty is a time where you need to re-assess everything you own and possess. All of your assets should now be considered for sale. There are emotional items that you have that should be kept, but fundamentally unnecessary items like televisions or games consoles should be sold to meet the burden your debt is placing on you.

Think of this as a time as an opportunity to ‘spring clean your life’ and come back to terms with the basics. You can also re-assess how you progress from there without all of the unnecessary, superfluous items surrounding you that you might have accumulated thus far.

Look For Work Or See Your Entitlements

If you have just lost your job, it’s important that you seek further employment immediately. Solidifying any income you can be your first consideration and your debt priorities second. The success in finding a job largely depends on your attitude. Finding a job that you might not want would be necessary here. If you have children or dependents, you’ll be entitled to financial benefits depending on where you live. There’s no shame in claiming this if it directly helps you look after your children. Use all the help you can get in these circumstances; it’s what those services are there to help with.

Keep active, steer clear of bad decisions, and you’ll be sure to make it through any sticky financial situation just fine.



By Erica Buteau

Change Agent. Daydream Believer. Maker. Creative. Likes love, peace and Jeeping. Dislikes winter, paper cuts and war. She/Her/Hers.

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