Unexpected expenses happen – they’re part of life. Make it a priority to start saving a little of every paycheck in case of financial emergencies. Not having the money to cover unexpected expenses can have a lasting impact on your finances and cause you to go into debt. You should aim to have at least three to six months’ worth of essential expenses. Once you have that saved, you should consider putting money aside for other financial goals (such as a vacation fund, money to go back to school or the deposit on a house) or investing for retirement.
Resources to help you rebuild
You don’t have to go through this process alone. Surround yourself with friends and family who you can trust, and don’t be afraid or ashamed to ask for help when you need it. There are also local and national programs available to help get you back on your feed.
Local food banks
In the first few months after escaping, it can feel impossible to even put food on the table. There are local food banks throughout America that help feed individuals and families. You can Google local food banks in your area or check out Feeding America’s search tool.
Federal benefit programs can help you get back on your feet after escaping an abusive situation. There are programs available to help qualifying families and individuals pay for groceries, healthcare, housing and more. Some programs, such as Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), also offer non-cash benefits like childcare and job training.