COVID-19

September 07, 2020
What should I do to budget if I’m on unemployment?

I’m sorry to hear you are unemployed. I know for many people it has been very difficult to access unemployment benefits since the CARES Act was enacted in March 2020. On top of that, the extra $600 per month payout ended July 31, 2020. So, congratulations on breaking through the red tape. You finally have…

September 02, 2020
How to Apply for SNAP Benefits

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (otherwise known as SNAP) is a state-run program. Each state has its own process for applying. You can go to your local SNAP office, or some states even allow you to apply online. If you aren’t sure, you can call the SNAP toll-free information number: 1-800-221-5689. Each state has its…

July 27, 2020
Am I eligible for SNAP benefits if I’m unemployed due to COVID-19?

The additional $600 in unemployment benefits is ending this week. Meanwhile, talks about possibly extending the program are still up in the air. If you were ineligible to receive SNAP benefits (also known as food stamps) because of the extra $600/week, you may now qualify to receive them. College and graduate students and those on…

July 27, 2020
You may be eligible for a stimulus check

[Updated as of July 2020] If you typically don’t file taxes, you have until October 15th, 2020 to fill out the IRS Non-Filer form in order to be sent your stimulus check. About 12 million Americans are still eligible to receive this $1,200 economic...

August 01, 2020
How to Make a Budget for Your Family During COVID-19

“How can you budget your money when you have the same amount coming in as you did before, but now you have everyone at home using more electricity, gas, and water and eating more food?” Submitted by Kelly B. A budget is nothing more than deciding h...