I have been noticing many requests for food, diapers and other necessities on Facebook and other places. Many people are struggling to survive. I get it, lots of people just don’t have the money to make it from paycheque to paycheque (working or not). I know that it is a reality, many people have to go to food banks, and even then it is easy to find yourself without before you have any money to buy more.
I always feel bad, and worry about the kids because it is usually someone with children asking for help. Not saying that people with kids are going without more than those without kids. I just think that a good parent is going to let go of their pride enough to ask for help when it is for their kids, where they may not if it was just for their self. I know, I am a parent and we struggled for a long time. For my kids I went to food banks, went without so my kids had the food or clothing they needed. A few times in my life I have had to ask for a little help, and was lucky enough to get it.
For the local people asking for help I have offered to help them change how they buy stuff, to coupon. I have even offered to give them coupons and take them out so that they can get to the store and learn how to get their money to buy more then it usually does. Heck, for some things all I have to do is pay the tax. It is how my family is able to have the food we do. You save on what you can and use the rest to buy what you have to.
So far not one person has taken me up on it and I don’t understand why not. I mean, sure I cannot give you food right this second (actually some of the coupons will give you free food) but I am willing to teach you and help you so you can feed your family better using coupons and price matching. It really works, but it does take time and a lot of effort. It can be very difficult when you bus and have to try and buy everything for the month in one trip. I know, I have had to do that for a long time. I don’t understand why people are willing to ask for help, but then are not interested in making changes so they don’t have to ask for help.
I learned a long time ago that not everyone with their hand out actually needs it, some do, but some make a good living begging. Other people are usually just fine but something happened to put them in a position of needing help for this week or month but things will be fine after that. Others are in a position of needing help all the time, not enough money, too much debt, or they simply don’t have a clue how to handle the money they do have.
I just find it frustrating when there are people who would benefit by making a few changes in their lives are unwilling or not interested in making any type of change. It makes me question if I should keep offering to help. I am sure if I said, here take the food I have worked so hard to get for my family they would be glad to take it, but are not interested in doing the work for their self. I just don’t get it.