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By Donald  L. Tilford
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well.    The outlook may be grim, but there are things everyone can do to survive today’s
hard times.

The Very First Thing

The very first thing one should do is to check to see if you are eligible for unemployment
benefits.   Go ahead and file even if you believe you may not be eligible due to conditions
surrounding the loss of your job.   Timing is everything, so file as soon as you find
yourself out of work.  It is interesting to note that a surprising number of people fail to
follow through and apply for unemployment benefits because they feel as though they don’
t meet the necessary requirements.  After filing for your benefits, be sure to check to see
how long you can collect these benefits and what your weekly responsibilities are.

Look For Work Right Away

Be sure to begin looking for work as soon as you find yourself unemployed.  One thing
you don’t want to do is to take a vacation or extended time off before you begin to seek
work again.  This time break will show up on your resume and may be questioned by
future employers.  You will have a better chance of being hired if you can find employment
before to much time elapses from when your last job ended.

How will you survive?

You and your family will need to sit down and look at your financial situation and see what
can be done to reduce your spending and cost of living to extend the funds you have
available.  This will be the time to cancel your cable bill, gym membership and other
expenses that are not necessary for basic survival.  Be sure not to cancel your Internet
bill.  The Internet will be necessary for job searches and will need to remain open so you
can submit job applications.

Make Money at Home

One way you can help extend your savings is to make money on the side taking surveys
at home for fast cash.  The link below has ten legitimate survey sites that offer the
unemployed a great chance to make income while looking for a job.  Be sure to never pay
for a survey list since these are generally offered free of charge.  Caution must be
observed because there are many survey sites that are not legit and will not deliver what
they promise.
Being unemployed is not the end of the world.  You must stay focused and positive to
make it through this journey.  Typically when one door shuts, one door is opened.  If we
look at life with this type of positive attitude, finding work will be much less stressful and
much more enjoyable.

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Donald Tilford is an expert author and investigative reporter on the subject of finance,
budgeting, and relationships. He has spent nearly two decades helping individuals and
families save money with smart budgeting and wise spending. His public service web site
at is dedicated to helping people find emergency cash, jobs, free
housing, free cell phones, free education, free food, and free autos in all 50 states. This
site also has one of the largest coupon sites for additional savings on the Internet. Taking
his advice and using his web site can put thousands of dollars back in your pocket every
single year. also has the top 10 free survey sites to begin your work at home if you’re
looking to earn extra cash online.  All are legit and are approved by the Better Business
Bureau (BBB).  Go to for additional information.
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