Winter can be a difficult time if your family is struggling with money. You may worry about the costs of Christmas or rising energy bills or need help paying for food or clothes.
There are some things you can do to help keep the costs down, and places you can go for help.
Rising energy prices can be a huge worry for families. It’s important for your mental and physical health that you don’t stop heating your home altogether, but there are ways to reduce the costs:
Foodbanks are there to give you food when you can’t afford it. Sometimes they can also offer other essential items and clothing. Check the Trussell Trust foodbank finder.
You can save on the cost of food if you:
Keep your children wrapped up warm in coats, scarves, gloves and hats. If you need help buying warm clothes for your child, you can go to:
You might feel pressure to spend more money in winter as your child gets excited about Halloween, Bonfire Night and religious celebrations.
It helps if you can manage your child’s expectations early. Involve your child in coming up with creative ways to celebrate that don’t cost too much. Maybe you can make homemade costumes and decorations together. If you talk to your child about money, you can agree a spending limit together or they might want to save up their own pocket money.
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