You are not allowed to pay a credit card with a credit card (nor weasel around the rules and do it anyway). However, some weasel around the rules and get a cash advance to pay the credit cards. Some also go through paypal to get a cash advance. You need to focus on getting a new job. Don't pay land taxes, let them accumulate. Pay your utility bills from your credit cards. The Federal government has a program to re-negotiate your credit debt. Try to avoid bankruptcy (Chapter 13 and Chapter 7 bankruptcies). Rather, you can renegotiate the debts. If you have to, you can let your utility bills slide (for a bit). Food stamps can be obtained from your state program (see California's on the link below). Churches often distribute food from charities. Buy foods that give you a lot of food for little money (potatos, etc). Look for coupons. Hunt for recyclables (cans and bottles, not newspapers (too cheap)). You can look for items (perhaps in the trash) that you can fix and resell on ebay. This means get gorilla glue. Offer your services (whatever you are good at). I offer my computer skills to my friends who would otherwise not be able to be online (hmm. . . I wonder what happened to them). Don't lose your mind. You have to be clear headed and not panicked now, more than ever. Don't focus on all of the things that you don't know, focus, instead, on the current task. Prioritize (work on the most important first). Most people who face a crisis sit at home stunned and unable to function. Don't be like that. Use your ingenuity, and search your soul for your guts, and use them.