Finding Financial Help In Difficult Times

September 6, 2012

By Katie Bryan, America Saves Communications Manager

USA.gov launched the portal Help for Difficult Financial Times to highlight government resources that can make your life easier during tough times. As part of this effort, they ran a poll asking: What helps you most when money is tight? 5,352 of you responded:

  • Savings 44%
  • Family 21%
  • Credit cards/loans 20%
  • Government assistance 15%

64 percent of you stated that savings, credit cards, and loans are the resources you turn to in tough times.

Given that only 15 percent of those surveyed said they turn to government assistance in tough times, USA.gov wants to make sure you know about benefits that could help you.

Government assistance comes in different forms—from unemployment checks and food assistance to credit counseling and medical treatment. Here is a list of some of their most popular resources:

Additional Resources from Consumer Action

Consumer Action has a great fact sheet that provides information about resources to help financially hard-pressed consumers make ends meet. It’s available in English and Spanish at the links below.

English: http://www.consumer-action.org/english/articles/financial_empowerment_resource_sheet/

Spanish: http://www.consumer-action.org/spanish/articles/financial_empowerment_resource_sheet_sp

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