When you lose your job, you can be eligible for temporary unemployment benefits and tide you over the days when you are hunting for a new job. An unemployment benefit provides you a certain percentage of your take-home pay for a certain period and subject to specified conditions.

The unemployment office of your state will average your weekly pay and calculate the amount that you will receive. You can ask for an estimate of how much you will receive so you will have an idea on how to budget the amount appropriately. In general, it is eighty percent of the income you earned previously but you need a tighter budget in order to survive. When budgeting your weekly unemployment claims you have to make a list of the monthly bills and determine which is luxury and cut it off until you find a new job.

You can apply for government food assistance such as a free lunch form to your kid’s school. Research the benefits available for you. It is important to remove extra-curricular events that you normally do until you have worked on your new job for three months at least. Take control of your finances. It is of vital importance that you should keep a positive approach regarding your financial status and avoid splurging or overspending even if you get a new job and have substantial savings.

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