Advice For Managing Debt During The Pandemic

Debt is something that many Americans are familiar with, from credit card debt, medical debt, to private student loan debt. The coronavirus pandemic this year has created chaos in many different ways and has created financial difficulties for many, whether this is losing their job, struggling to keep up with payments, losing their home, having to support loved ones and/or facing expensive medical bills. It has been a traumatic time, and it is hard to predict what the near future holds, but there is helpful advice for those that find themselves in debt during the pandemic, which will hopefully be of use.

Only Spend On Essentials

If you are having financial difficulties during COVID-19 and your own money, then you need to make sure that you are only spending on the essentials – this will include your home, utilities, and food. Of course, with many people stuck at home and small businesses closed, many people have been able to do this, and there has actually been a reduction in credit card debt; it is at its lowest in well over three years.

Seek Support If Unemployed

Unemployment is skyrocketing, which is tragic to see, and if you find yourself in this situation, then it is easy to panic. Those that are unemployed can seek financial support which might help you to manage during this period, but it is also worth looking into a few different ways that you can earn during the pandemic, which include finding work at places like grocery stores or starting an online business – this can be a smart way to make money when you have to spend more time at home.

Contact Your Mortgage Provider/Landlord

If you are going to struggle to pay your next mortgage payment or rent, then you need to contact your mortgage provider/landlord and explain your situation. You might find that you are eligible for a forbearance, or they may be able to offer some other type of relief, such as delayed payment. You may possibly even be offered waiving rent payments, which some generous landlords have offered for those that are struggling.

Contact Your Lenders

Following this, if you find yourself in debt with any type of lender and you do not know if you are going to be able to keep up with the repayment plan, then you need to get in touch with them to discuss your options. It may not be a good feeling, but you have to keep in mind that this is unprecedented times, and millions of people are going through the same experience right now. Many lenders can help through what is known as hardship programs, but in order to receive this, you must reach out to them so you certainly should not shy away from making the call. Of course, it might be hard to get through with so many people going through the same situation, so be sure to check the website where there should be more information.

Get Legal Support

If you find yourself being chased up by debt collectors or facing soaring medical bills, then it is hard to know what to do, but there is always help available in the form of a debt lawsuit specialist. You can fight skyrocketing debt or lawsuits with help from an expert attorney, and, often, this can result in debt reduction or even total debt resolution. This is common when it comes to medical debt as errors often occur when it comes to billing, which is even more likely now due to the strain placed on the healthcare service.

Check Your Utility Providers

Many states have ordered a moratorium on utility shut-offs during the pandemic, which can be of great relief if you are in a difficult financial situation and could also help you to make big savings. It is likely that you will have to prove that you have been negatively impacted by COVID-19, but this can be relatively straightforward.

Speak To A Credit Counselor

You can usually find a non-profit credit counselor that offers a free initial session, and this can be an excellent way to receive professional support and could even be worth paying for future sessions if you are able to afford it. A credit counselor can sit down with you and work through your financial situation, debt, spending habits, both employment and financial goals, and determine the best course of action to help you to manage and build towards a brighter future. In a stressful, unique, and chaotic time, it is immensely helpful to receive expert and professional advice that you can immediately put into action.

Be Careful With Debt Relief Options

There are many debt relief options out there, but it is vital that you are careful and do your research. It is important to look at other options first (such as negotiating with lenders). You have to keep in mind that many lenders do not work with debt settlement companies and can lead to damaged credit and even legal issues. Additionally, there are many scams out there that are important to be aware of – if it is too good to be true, it likely is.

Speak To Loved Ones

 The pandemic is affecting everyone in different ways, and so it is important that you speak to loved ones. This is not only so that you can let them know that you are struggling and working together to find ways to help, but also for your own mental health and also to see if there is anything at all that you could do to help them. This does not always have to be related to money, such as offering to look after the kids while they work.

Many people across America are finding themselves in debt and going through financial hardship, and this is not a situation that many could envision at the end of last year. This also means that many people do not know how to manage during the pandemic, so hopefully this post will come in useful for some.

Comments are closed.