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    A friend was telling me the other day that her family is getting some support from the salvos (they are suffering financial hardship) and it included some grocery vouchers and a few toys for the kids. Maybe this is something that could help relieve the stress

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eco Goddess View Post
    A friend was telling me the other day that her family is getting some support from the salvos (they are suffering financial hardship) and it included some grocery vouchers and a few toys for the kids. Maybe this is something that could help relieve the stress
    I forgot about that! We had this assistance several years ago and it was so much appreciated. I felt terrible bad taking the help but put $5 aside each week for the next year and donated it before christmas the following year.

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    Can you have a garage sale to fund the xmas presents?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bpac View Post
    I forgot about that! We had this assistance several years ago and it was so much appreciated. I felt terrible bad taking the help but put $5 aside each week for the next year and donated it before christmas the following year.
    What a nice way to give back! I think that if the help is there and you really need it, why not?
    The only thing that does irritate me is the people I used to come across while working in preschools who were claiming financial hardship then ducking into the shops for their smokes...grrr! So unfair that they are then taking help designed for people who are genuinely struggling.

    Garage sale was also a good idea. I am having a market stall next weekend to get rid of some clutter and get some extra cash (we get hit with stacks of bills in Jan)

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    Quote Originally Posted by bpac View Post
    I forgot about that! We had this assistance several years ago and it was so much appreciated. I felt terrible bad taking the help but put $5 aside each week for the next year and donated it before christmas the following year.
    Do you know how I would access that? I hate asking for help but gosh that would help.
    A garage sale is a good idea, I just put 2 things on eBay so hope I can find some other stuff around the house.

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    Ace, try giving the electricity people a call back and ask them to suspend a few of the payments, if they say they can't (they always say they cant) just ask nicely to speak to their supervisor who will be able to do it for you. If you've been paying it off, they will know you will continue to do so, just ask if even one or two payments can be pushed back, they are normally pretty helpful in that regard, they've done it for me before, even though person I originally spoke to said that there was no way they could do it.

    The salvos are very good at helping families at Christmas, I will have a look for some information and come back

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    Do you have a local buy swap sell page? Do a search for one in your local area, and maybe put up a post asking to swap some toys, or even other things like exchange some old dresses for a bottle of wine or some unwanted Xmas pudding or biscuits. If you have larger things to get rid of its a quick way to make some cash, too.

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    It was through the salvos. In my circumstances though, i had been in hospital for almost two months and the hospital knew how much we were struggling and contacted them on our behalf.. maybe give your local Salvos a call?

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    It sucks that the cost of an essential service such as electricity causes so much financial pain to people.

    Just know you aren't alone x

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    Quote Originally Posted by DaenerysT View Post
    Ace, try giving the electricity people a call back and ask them to suspend a few of the payments, if they say they can't (they always say they cant) just ask nicely to speak to their supervisor who will be able to do it for you. If you've been paying it off, they will know you will continue to do so, just ask if even one or two payments can be pushed back, they are normally pretty helpful in that regard, they've done it for me before, even though person I originally spoke to said that there was no way they could do it.

    The salvos are very good at helping families at Christmas, I will have a look for some information and come back

    Thank you so much for saying this, the person I spoke to earlier was quite rude and abrupt when I mentioned that we were struggling. Just rang and spoke to a new person and they have halved my next 2 payments and I just have a bigger payment due in February. OMG the feeling of relief, and knowing I can at least do groceries this week!

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