May 6, 2023

Diffusing debt stress

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Written by:

Megan Raynor

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Debt sucks. There are no two ways about it. Whether its credit card bills, loans, or other financial obligations, being in debt can take a toll. The constant worry of not being able to make ends meet, the pressure of paying back the money owed, and the fear of falling further behind can be overwhelming. Especially as interest rates and other expenses continue to rise. 

For a local who was worried about their debt,  Ōtūmoetai Social Supermarket became both a solution and a respite.

This Ōtūmoetai Social Supermarket's shopper was able to pay off all their debts by shopping with them just four times and redirecting the saved finances for that short period.

The supermarket operates on a point system, which allows shoppers to purchase the items they need, rather than receiving pre-set food bank-style bags. This approach ensures that families can choose the items that best meet their individual needs.

The recent feedback from the family that was able to pay off their debts is a testament to the impact that the Ōtūmoetai Social Supermarket is having on the lives of those in need. Thanks to the support provided by the supermarket, this family was able to redirect their finances and take control of their finances.

If you or someone you know could benefit from the services provided by the Ōtūmoetai Social Supermarket, be sure to check them out and see how they can help. And if you're in a position to support their work, consider making a pay-it-forward donation when you shop at Brookfield New World this week.

As the Social Supermarkets partner, they provide groceries at low or no cost to stock the shelves. Over the duration of the last 3 weeks, New World has matched every dollar donated, to provide even more groceries to help those in need, like the family mentioned in this story.

To see the impact that your generosity can have when combined with other shopper’s donations, head here.

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