A financial crisis can be a scary prospect. While you do not want to keep your mind on negative thoughts, you have to prepare for this. It is just like you have to prepare for growing old or your have to get a health insurance to prepare for any unexpected sickness. If you know that it has the capacity to ruin your life, that is enough reason for you to take the time to think about it. You have to map out a plan that you must do in case it happens.
Recently, we watched as the House and Senate haggled with the budget and the debt ceiling. We also watched in anticipated breath as the government shut down for a couple of weeks. If that dragged out, we could have been subjected to another financial crisis.
Thankfully, it did not but just so we can discuss this, what can you do in case a financial crisis is looming ahead?
First of all, you want to take a look at the current status of your finances. You must make sure that you have enough to last you a couple of months. If not, you need to start working hard to improve your emergency fund. And if you have some debts to your name, you have to enrol in a debt relief program to get rid of that - as fast as you can. It is hard to have debt while you are in a financial crisis.
While you are at it, you have to stop acquiring new debt - at least until you are sure that the crisis will not happen or has passed. Keep your credit cards and override any temptation to use them. With a crisis looming, you want to get rid of your debt - not add to it. That means, any expensive purchase that you may be planning should be put on hold. If you were planning to buy a car or a home, postpone that and keep the money for now.
You also have to bring out your frugal budget and start implementing a frugal lifestyle. At least if you need to pay debts or increase your emergency fund, you need to cut back on your usual spending to meet the needs of any of the two. But if your debts are manageable and you have adequate emergency funds, you can continue living as before - but keep a close eye on the news. You want to be updated to see how the current events are evolving.
It could help your case if you started to look for other sources of income. That will help secure your finances.
Of course, all of these may be unnecessary. You could be exaggerating. But in the end, being paranoid will serve you best in case something bad does happen. It is not like you are doing something drastic. You just have to make sure that you are prepared in case things turn for the worse. Like they said, better safe than sorry.