While we often write about the problems that the bigger payments like mortgages, medical bills and student loans cause for families throughout the Chicagoland area; however, the truth is that the increase in the smaller everyday bills can be just as devastating. In a September 3, 2012, column for CNN, author and Newsweek editor David Frum predicted that 2013 will be a year of serious global crisis.
As Frum noted and many families across Illinois have felt, an intense summer drought has ruined key crops. The corn harvest will drop to its lowest level since 1995, and Frum noted that corn and wheat prices increased about 25 percent each while soybean prices climbed roughly 17 percent. This will lead to all sorts of higher food prices, ranging from meat and poultry to dairy products.
The Tennessean reported that a gallon of milk “will cost 10 cents to 15 cents more by Thanksgiving and rise an additional 25 cents by year-end.” Last month, the PBS NewsHour reported in the video above that a price index from the US Agriculture Department showed that “overall food prices would increase about 3 percent to 4 percent because of the drought,” with the corn intensive items like beef, pork, poultry and eggs most likely to be impacted.
While Frum wrote that higher food prices are “in almost all cases, a manageable burden,” how much will each additional dollar every week affect you and your family? If you have been scraping by every month and are in need of debt relief in order to keep up with the cost of living, then Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 bankruptcy may be the answer you need. Filing bankruptcy delays foreclosures and ends the calls from debt collectors.
Our firm can pull you out of what seems like a crisis or we can help you avoid what could turn into one. If you are tired of fearing what financial obstacle might come up next, contact our firm today at (866) 930-7482 or use the form on this page to let our Chicago bankruptcy lawyers see how we can help eliminate as many of those obstacles as we can.
Benjamin Brand Services – Chicago bankruptcy attorneys