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The government shutdown is now in place, and along with it came a good amount of uncertainty, causing many Americans to wonder how they will survive financially.
By some estimates, hundreds of thousands of federal employees will work without pay until the shutdown ends, while others may be furloughed indefinitely.
Some workers are not adequately prepared to deal with a loss of income, even a short-term one.
For those living from paycheck to paycheck or without significant savings, any income interruption is likely to put them over the financial edge and negatively impact credit.
For example, consider the statistics below from the 2013 National Foundation for Credit Counseling (NFCC) Financial Literacy Survey:
“The government shutdown should be a wake-up call for everyone, as very few have absolute job security,” said Gail Cunningham, spokesperson for the NFCC. “Whether due to an unplanned expense or a job loss, no one has ever regretted being financially prepared, and preparation starts with understanding where you stand today.”
The NFCC and Money Management International (MMI) advise consumers to take the following steps to put themselves in a better financial position, regardless of what the coming months may hold:
“If there is a quick resolution to the shutdown, nothing has been lost by implementing the above steps,” continued Cunningham. “If not, consumers will be better prepared to face whatever comes their way financially.”
For help navigating the financial strains brought on by the government shutdown, visit SharpenToday.org where financial survival tools can be found.
Its a shame that it has had to come to this for our venerable government. This are turbulent times indeed and a wake up call for everyone, in government employ or not to re-assess and re-arrange their finances.
Its also a time to cut down on all the unnecessary stuff until the crisis is resolved!
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