Here are six things we recommend thinking about when using the stimulus money:
- 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 buy out there trying to use this crisis to get your stimulus check and your money. Watch our 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 your income taxes has been extended to July 15h. If you haven’t saved to pay your income taxes, you may want to consider using the economic impact payment to pay your taxes.