More and more people are falling on hard times with the recent downturn of the U.S. economy. One of the contributing factors to many peoples troubles is a failure to quickly adjust to the changing economic climate. Many people start to adjust their spending habits too late and instead of staying ahead of the trend, they tend to follow behind with negative results.
If you are considering bankruptcy then you have to also consider the long term ramifications of such a drastic act. Also, you also have to think about what got you into the mess, because if whatever it is you were doing is still going on then you will mostly likely dig yourself into another hole after you emerge from bankruptcy.
If you live with a partner then you both have to get serious about surviving these hard times intact and if your partner has trouble understanding this then you might consider going it alone for a while, meaning leaving your high living significant other. You can do things like sell your expensive car that you are making payments on and replace it with a more economical model.
If you have credit cards that carry high interest rates then you might consider getting a lower interest personal loan to pay them off. One important tip is that you should talk to a credit counselor and there are a lot of good ones out there that have helped many people just like yourself to get through economic hardship without going through bankruptcy.
It is important that you not damage your credit any more than it has been and a bankruptcy on your credit report is the worst thing that you can have on it and it takes years to work its way off. The economy is going to turn itself around in time and you will want your credit report and rating to be in good shape when it does so you can make another go of it.