COCKE COUNTY—The coronavirus pandemic is causing rapid changes to our daily lives and the economy. Work hours are being reduced and jobs are being cut across many industries. University of Tennessee Extension has released three new publications to help those facing a downturn to their personal finances.

“UT Extension is here to serve Tennesseans, in times of plenty and in times of want,” says Christopher T. Sneed, consumer economics specialist with UT Extension. “These three publications are especially helpful when encountering difficult circumstances.”

Triaging Your Debt During a Money Crunch gives guidance to individuals who need to determine their spending priorities. The publication divides expenses into three levels: first priority, second priority and optional.

Identifying Your Resources can help individuals brainstorm different areas where they could receive help or support. This publication also includes a brainstorming activity for families to consider how they could possibly produce income.

Steps to Stabilize Your Financial Situation provides guidance on how to prioritize spending and set limits, identify and evaluate resources, and contact creditors when facing a difficult financial situation. This publication also includes community resource contact information and suggestions to follow when contacting lending institutions or banks.

Each of these publications are available free to read or download from the UT Extension website: utextension.tennessee.edu. To obtain a copy, click on the “publications” link in the menu bar and enter the publication name or number in the search bar.

These materials are also available at the local UT Extension Office. They can be picked up or mailed to individuals. Anyone with questions can call the office at 423-623-7531.

For other financial resources for families who are struggling to make ends meet or for recommendations on how to handle a difficult financial season, contact the local office.

Through its land-grant mission of research, teaching and extension, the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture touches lives and provides Real. Life. Solutions. utia.tennessee.edu.

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