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How to prioritize and get help paying bills

Posted at 6:25 AM, Oct 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-21 07:25:29-04

If you struggling financially, it can be hard to figure out what bills to pay first and how to get help with those that you cannot afford.

Financial experts advise paying for the basics first like food, housing, and utilities. But, if you are having a tough time paying for the basics, here are some resources for getting help: One of the best places to start is by calling 211.

This service can provide information about applying for things like energy assistance, rent assistance, food banks, and food programs like Food Share.

If you are behind on utility bills, contact WE Energies and your phone provider to discuss your situation. They may offer alternative payment arrangements, and discuss programs or options that can help cut your costs.

If you have other bills such as medical or credit cards, it is a good idea to communicate with the billing and financial aid departments as soon as possible. They might also have financial aid or payment plans that will be more affordable.

Most important, do not ignore bills or wait too long to ask for help. There are a number of programs to help those in need, but some have limited resources or waiting periods. The sooner you reach out, the better.

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