Monday, June 15, 2020 Charleston County Library

CHARLESTON, S.C. - Managing money can be both confusing and overwhelming. The task can become even more daunting when purse strings are pulled tighter due to the uncertainty a global pandemic brings. You may have more mouths to feed at home, more bills coming in, or even a loss of income. According to the website Psychology Today, a Tulane University survey regarding stress found that the coronavirus outbreak has caused almost all of us (nearly 90%) to fret over finances. While there is a lot unpredictability in our lives right now, we at CCPL want you to know that you’re not alone. We’re here to help calm your concerns and empower your financial decisions.

Here are some common questions and useful websites when considering money during COVID-19 and other stressful situations:

  • Anxious about paying bills? Consumerfinance.gov provides tips and tools to help you sort through serious stuff.
  • Concerned about credit card debt? The Balance shares what credit card companies are doing to help you keep your debt in check.
  • Want a professional to guide you through? Yellow Ribbon Network is offering free financial counseling services. The National Foundation for Credit Counseling can help as well.
  • Wondering if your retirement is at risk? Forbes and the Society of Actuaries shed some light on how COVID-19 will affect retirement funds.
  • Did we miss anything? Nerd Wallet has an extensive guide covering everything from student loans, mortgages, small business, and stimulus relief checks. Additionally, PBS News Hour invited a Nerd Wallet financial expert on their show to answer questions. You can watch the episode online.

If you would like more information, assistance in finding resources, tips on how to get the job hunting process started or more, please reach out to us at CCPL by email, chat, or text. You may also call us at 843-805-6930, leave a voice message, and a library staff member will return your call. Remember, you are not alone.