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Salvos help you save

Saturday, 12th March, 2016

Karen Files is helping people get on top of their finances. PICTURE: Lachlan McIntosh Karen Files is helping people get on top of their finances. PICTURE: Lachlan McIntosh

A new service is now available to help people to become financially stable.

The Salvation Army has introduced Moneycare Financial Capability Service, a free and confidential service that gives people options and helps them get over a small crisis should something go wrong.

“It doesn’t matter how much we earn we all need to look after our own costs for everyday expenses such as housing, transport, and medical bills,” said Karen Files, the caseworker running the service.

“We juggle these expenses every day, so we need to make smart decisions.”

Anyone who doesn’t have complicated credit or debt issues may benefit from this service.

“You could be unemployed or on a low income, you may have lost your job, lost a loved one,” Karen said.

“Anytime you may need to reassess your financial situation, that’s when it’s a good idea to come to a service like this so we can put a budget in place for you and maybe give you some tips on how to manage your money a little bit better.”

She said simple changes can make a big difference.

“Here is an example, some people like to drink one can coke that’s $2.70 a day, $985 a year.

“If they were to buy a slab of 30 for $15, that’s on $182 a year ... they would have saved $803 per annum.”

The service started last month, and is slowly gathering momentum. To book an appointment, phone 8087 9871.

People with very serious financial problems should see a financial counsellor or phone 1800 007 007.

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