It is very difficult and yes it would be a shock to drop down that much money instantly. There are options through foodbanks, electricity vouchers and similar ways to have cheap options of things for the kids. Schools quite often also have emergency money to assist with uniforms and excursions if you are in financial hardship. Your best bet for employment is registering (if you haven’t already) with a job services australia provider as they can assist with reverse marketing, updating your resume and sometimes paying for courses and training to get you into employment. It is really hard to deal with all this however it is better looking at retraining and returning to work now rather than be one of these mums been at home for 15 years and then needs to go back to work when the kids grow up. You could also look at opportunities to start your own business where you can work from home such as party plan. When I was off work I also found heaps of online sites with samples, trials, surveys and competitions that helped me earn vouchers, get samples of products and win prizes I otherwise couldn’t afford. Don’t be afraid to ask assistance from charities – as they say it is a help up not a hand out.
Published 6th April 2020