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When Disaster Strikes

Thursday, November 5th, 2009

Stockpiling can adversely affect prices.

As Hurricane Ike took aim for the Gulf Coast, the financial markets reacted much in the way that they were expected to. Gas prices jumped to $5 a gallon along the gulf coast, and many expected the price jump to go nationwide, particularly if the hurricane caused damage to any offshore oil rigs. Since the industry in the area was still reeling from the effects of Hurricane Katrina, it comes as no shock that the worst case scenario was trotted out with the approach of Ike.

But, what does this mean for the average consumer? How badly will prices be affected by another adverse event? We’ve seen the economic damage caused by Hurricane Katrina, so we have some form of basis to go on as to what to expect, but that does not mean that panic is necessary. There are a few things the average household can do to shore up their own defenses against natural disasters, whether they hit right at home, or thousands of miles away.

Panic is an ugly thing, and as people raced to the pumps to fill up their tanks, it is apparent that fears over even higher gas prices are running rampant. It is important to stock up on necessities such as fuel, but going into a panic mode over it is certainly counterproductive. Preparation is very important but the key is remaining calm. Panic serves only to weaken economic situations, and by looking at the issues rationally, you can rise above this problem and come out on top.

If you have extra gas containers, there is nothing wrong with stocking up, but hording is not recommended. This serves only to impact the overall balance of supply versus demand and can actually make prices worse. Stocking up on other necessities is also a good idea, but again, within reason. There is no need to run and clean out the grocery store and give into that panic mentality.

Preparing for natural disasters should be done well before they strike, no matter where you live. By waiting until the last minute, consumers can end up overspending, only to find that there was no real reason for all of their upset. If you are in the path of a natural disaster, or your area is at risk, keeping a special disaster kit is the perfect response to this problem. Preparing ahead of time, while prices are low and panic is not present, will help consumers beat the common problems of panic-fueled prices.

In today’s society, there is definitely a raised awareness of how disasters, both manmade and natural can affect us all. Preparing is essential, there is no doubt about that. However, the key to getting ready is taking the time to stock up before disaster strikes, so that when it does, you have everything you need on hand. This will help you save money, reduce overall stress and keep you prepared for any eventuality, and without putting you through the paces of panic.

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Originally posted 2020-11-07 05:10:16. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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Should You Be Worried About the Economy?

Monday, October 26th, 2009

If you are worried about gas, try carpooling.

If you follow the news, chances are the state of the economy may have you a little concerned. Bad news is rampant, the housing market is shaky and doom appears to be around every corner. While there are some definite problems with the economy right now, that doesn’t necessarily mean that you need to start panicking. Smart money management is always important, but if you find that you are overly worried about the state of the economy, there are a few steps that you can take to shore up your financial defenses and stop worrying.

The first step is to take a hard look at your mortgage payments, car payments and any other loans that you may have. If they are calculated under a variable rate, now is the time to start allocating a little extra each month to ensure that you have enough to keep up with the payments. If your mortgage payment looks like it is going to be too high, act quickly by negotiating with your bank for either a payment deferment or even a refinance. No one wins in a foreclosure situation and most banks will be willing to work something out with you.

The second step is to think about consolidating your credit card bills if necessary. If you are paying on multiple cards that all have high interest rates, you could be wasting a lot of money each month. Take advantage of a low or no interest card that will allow you to transfer those high balances into one. Just make sure you read the fine print to see how long the interest rate will remain low. Or use Loanio to receive a loan from lenders, this is easy and painless to do. This not only helps you save money on high interest fees, but you can also save time by paying only one bill every month.

Next, you can take a look at what you’re spending and how rising prices are affecting you. For example, the cost of gas right now has many people worried. You may find that you’re spending more to get to work than you may make for the day, or the ratio may have changed dramatically. If this is the case, consider setting up a carpool with other workers to save money, or you may even be able to arrange to telecommute. There are many ways that you can reduce your monthly expenses and free up more money to handle the rising cost of necessities.

This is also a good time to think about setting up an emergency fund. This is a very beneficial type of savings account that can tide you over if you run short during the month, or if you end up with a personal crisis on your hands. When you have the security of a savings account, emergency fund or other means of income, you’ll be in a much better position to weather any economic storm.

While the economy has been better, there is certainly no need to start panicking right now. Simply follow smart money practices, and you’ll be in a position where you can withstand whatever comes.

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Originally posted 2020-10-28 20:01:41. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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