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What should I do financially if I lose my job?

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When you lose your job, the most important thing you can do is to start taking action with your money to make it perform as well as you can. Follow these tips to take care of yourself financially after a job loss:

Cut non-essential expenses 

First thing’s first. It’s time to re-evaluate your monthly expenses to determine the most fundamental ones. If you have the opportunity to pause some payments, do so. Consider canceling subscriptions you use the least, and reduce expenses on meals and entertainment. Finding a way to cut back will keep you stable for longer.

Tap into your emergency fund 

If you have money saved in emergency funds, now is time to turn to it. Ideally, you should have money saved to cover your expenses for 2-3 months to avoid borrowing money.

Seek unemployment benefits

This federal insurance helps you cover your expenses after a job loss every week when you meet certain requirements. Consider this option as long as you have not been laid off or quit your job. Although each state determines its coverage, it typically lasts about 26 weeks.

Let your money lenders know

Mortgages, student loans, credit cards, and even utility services may have clauses for stopping bill payments. Always notify all your credit givers that you have lost your job. Banks and financial institutions are usually open to finding solutions that work for both parties.

When you lose your job, take financial measures to make the most out of your money. Consider setting specific times in your day to hunt for jobs. Use whatever savings you have and avoid borrowing money and going into debt. You can recover your savings funds when you are in a financially stable situation.

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Daniel Quiroz

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