If you live in an area prone to natural disasters that could require evacuation, consider creating a grab-and-go box. Use a durable, sealed waterproof box or backpack. Put in copies of everything that is in your emergency file, and add other important papers:
- Medical prescriptions, including eyeglasses
- Copies of children’s immunization records
- Copies of all insurance cards and policies
- Copies of the back and front of your credit cards
- Cash or traveler’s checks for several days of living expenses
This interactive lesson can help you become more organized and prepare a household inventory. The Household Inventory Interactive Form allows you to keep an inventory online, as well as back up copies in a safe place. Annually update the inventory by making needed changes and deleting discarded items.
If you think your household finances are invulnerable to disaster, think again. Just one flood, fire, earthquake or tornado can wipe out a lifetime of savings. This year, make a resolution to secure your finances from unexpected events of nature. Below are five steps everyone can and should take to protect their home and finances.
Life’s emergency situations require advance preparation and planning. The first step is organizing your financial information. Do you have an appropriate place for filing each document? Have you told anyone else where you keep your vital information? Have you shared your wishes in the event of your death? Are your documents available to “grab and go” in case of evacuation? Many situations require that you take action now to avoid financial problems later.
Debt management involves developing one or more strategies to help a debtor get that debt under control.
Should you shop for a lower interest rate on your debt?
• This can be a good option, if it substantially reduces your monthly payments and the refinancing is not too costly. Inquire whether other higher cost debts can be rolled into the lower cost loan.
What if you can’t pay your bills
• Prioritize your debt. Keeping a roof over your head …
Sources of Stress
- Prices rise but your income stays the same
- Cut‐backs, layoffs, or other restructuring creates job instability
- You feel frustration with family members’ spending or debt
- You have medical, automobile or household expenses that pile up
- An unexpected event or crisis creates money problems for the family (illness, death, divorce, etc.)
Take Care of Your Body
Try to eat a healthy and balanced diet.
Take time for an enjoyable physical activity to relieve stress.
Get enough sleep. We …