COVID 19/ coronavirus pandemic is Hazardous to our Health, and also to our Economy. As more things get cancelled/ postponed and / or closed, causing a big ripple effect of loss. Our stockmarket is showing it. BIG TIME! I feel yucky just looking at the state of my 401K. I got an email from WalletHub about some tips that may help during this coronavirus money sucking time. When unwrapped TP is being sold for $100 (& more) on Facebook, you know there's a Big Problem!
Don't spend it all on toilet paper ...
Tips to Help Stay (Money) Safe from coronavirus from Jill Gonzalez, WalletHub analystAsk Your Bank for Help“Many banks and credit unions have stated they are willing to offer assistance to people who face temporary financial hardship due to the coronavirus,” said Jill Gonzalez, WalletHub analyst. “These might include measures like being able to skip a payment, having temporarily lower rates, getting fees waived or having a credit line increase. If you find yourself struggling financially, call customer service to make your case. Make sure to clearly and politely articulate the reasons for your hardship.” Focus on Maximizing Savings“Most people’s jobs aren’t immune to the coronavirus. So, it’s a good idea to set aside as much money as you can from each paycheck in case coronavirus impacts your ability to work or causes you to have additional medical expenses,” said Jill Gonzalez, WalletHub analyst. “Even beyond the current situation, it’s always good to have an emergency fund. Avoid panicking about stocks, too, and just remember that it’s only a matter of time until the virus runs its course.” Take Advantage of Travel Insurance but Know the Limits“If your travel provider cancels a trip because of the coronavirus, a ‘trip cancellation or interruption’ policy might help you get your money back,” said Jill Gonzalez, WalletHub analyst. “Some credit cards offer this benefit for free, though issuers have been cutting back in recent years. Keep in mind that if you cancel your own trip out of fear of the virus, your insurance policy probably won’t cover you unless you have coverage for canceling ‘for any reason’ or doctor’s orders to quarantine yourself.” Use Credit Cards, Not Cash“Though there’s not much evidence to show that touching cash spreads coronavirus, it’s theoretically possible, and the Federal Reserve has been quarantining bank notes from Asia. China also burned some of its currency that had been circulated through the Wuhan area,” said Jill Gonzalez, WalletHub analyst. “Using a credit card’s contactless capability may help give consumers more peace of mind. Plus, credit cards can be used for online purchases, allowing consumers to avoid shopping at crowded stores. In addition, consumers that decide to stock up on essential items and spend more than usual in the coming months can recoup some of that expense, and get some extra time to pay, by using a rewards credit card.”
*If you're wondering? Why are people buying so much toilet paper? *