As we all know, the US government is planning on sending out direct payments through a stimulus effort to help those affected by the coronavirus pandemic starting this week. But what should you do with your payment(s) during this time of uncertainty?
Here are the six things the National Credit Union Foundation advises:
- Prioritize: Focus on the bills that keep a roof over your head, the lights on, and food on the table. Check with your local jurisdiction as many utilities and communications providers are working with consumers to waive fees, keep the power on, and your internet connection working.
- Talk: With your credit union and other lenders. Many are offering low or 0% small dollar loans, skip-a-pay, loan modifications, and other sources of help so you can use your payment for what you need now.
- Save some of it: If you set aside even $100-200, that can provide a cushion for bills that are coming in a couple of weeks. America Saves has solid resources and information to help with access to food and unemployment benefits.
- Don’t hoard cash: Keep it in your credit union. It’s safest there.
- Protect: There are lots of bad guys out there trying to use this crisis to get at your stimulus check and your money. Watch out for suspicious emails, texts, or phone calls. Here’s a great article that can help you keep an eye out for these threats.
- Pay your taxes: The deadline for filing and paying income taxes has been extended to July 15th. If you haven’t saved to pay your income taxes, you may want to consider using the economic impact payment to pay your taxes.
And remember, we at The People’s Federal Credit Union are here for you during this time. Give us a call if you have any questions.