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How Families Deal with Financial Emergencies

Does your family have a system in place for dealing with unexpected money emergencies? Few do, so don't feel as though you're out of synch if your family lacks the financial resources to survive a short-term or long-term crisis. It's a fact that even high-earning parents can run into harsh monetary challenges like job losses, layoffs, high medical bills, tax trouble, and more. What's the answer?

Fortunately, there are several strategies for navigating tough times. For example, the growth of crowdfunding in the past decade has been due in large part to money crises that families often face. Others decide to sell term insurance policies to bring ready cash into their lives.

Social services are also a big help for moms and dads in dire straits. In most places, people in truly desperate circumstances can apply for and receive direct cash payments from various agencies. Likewise, numerous social service organizations help parents who need mental health counseling or other types of professional advice. Here are some of the most common ways that busy parents get through life's rough spots.

Conduct a Crowdfunding Campaign

Learn to embrace technology and set up a crowdfunding page on one of the major websites. It's free to get started and create an account, but keep in mind that the platform will take a percentage of the money you raise. Plus, unless you make an effort to publicize your page, it won't get much traffic. So, be sure to do an all-out promotional campaign when you opt of the crowdfunding route to get through a personal crisis.

Turn Life Insurance Policies into Cash

One of the fastest and most efficient ways to acquire needed funds is to sell a term insurance policy for cash. Take advantage of a life settlement if this option sounds good to you. First, review an online guide that explains all you need to know to sell the policy. After that, the transaction is simple, takes just a few minutes, and is done completely online. You'll have your funds in a few days and can use the money for anything at all. For many who are facing a temporary shortage of money, a life settlement is the ideal choice.

Sell Unneeded Assets

One of the oldest ways of adding to your monetary resources is to sell unneeded assets. Consider getting rid of things like used cars you rarely drive, major appliances you no longer need, digital and electronic goods that are still in working order, clothing, and anything of value stashed away in the attic, basement, storage shed, garage, or elsewhere.

Use Social Services

Contact local social service agencies for help with mental health counseling, advice about how to get out of debt or put your finances in order, or legal assistance with a troubled teen or abusive family member. Most cities maintain initial contact social organizations that will direct you to the specific agency or department that can give you the attention you need, no matter what the problem is. Of course, you can also apply for direct financial aid to cover necessary expenses like groceries, medicine, and transportation.


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