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How to Maintain Your Credit As the Economy Slows

Apr 18, 2008
Times are tough right now. While the economy hasn't quite hit the definition of a recession yet, it's close and many families are feeling the pinch.

Lots of people are being laid off right now and many more are worried about their jobs. Combine that with the mess that many people with mortgages are facing, and it's looking prime for a really bad economic meltdown. People are worried that it will compare to the Great Depression.

What should you do?

First and foremost, do what you can to secure your own economic position. With layoffs possible in many industries, few jobs are completely secure, but you need to do the best you can. Get your debt levels down.

Take an honest look at how things are going at work for you. Are you a valued employee? Has your career been advancing well? Or have you just been doing the minimum to get by? If things get rough, you want to be someone who has shown the ability to keep pushing ahead. It will give you something to point to should you get laid off despite your best efforts at your current job.

Next work on your debt position. Work hard at getting your debts paid down. The term 'credit crunch' is being thrown around a lot right now. It's getting harder and harder to get credit, and the worse your current profile looks right now, the harder it's going to be for you.

While it can be difficult to do this if you have a lot of debt, try to build an emergency fund too. Something that will give you some money to work with in case of a layoff. If you can put aside at least a few months' income, that's money you can work with while trying to find a new job.

These steps do take time, and it's important that you act immediately. We all hope to avoid being laid off, but there are no guarantees that we can.

But what about those who are already impacted? In debt and out of work? Is there any hope at all?

That is the time to cut back, obviously. Stop spending money on things you don't need. Take a lower paying job if that's what it takes. Cut the cable, cut the cell phone, cut whatever excess you can find.

Even consider moving in with family or friends if that's what it takes. Moving in with someone can be a painful step to take, but sometimes that is what's needed. Difficult times often call for painful measures.

Whether this turns out to be a major recession or a minor one, many people and their families will be deeply impacted. Do your best to limit the damage that may be done to yours.
About the Author
Stephanie Foster blogs at http://credit-blog.findcreditonline.com/ about using credit wisely. Get more tips on being smart with your credit cards at her site.
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