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Urgent money raising ideas needed

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whattodo36 · 17/09/2022 19:37

Ok I know I'll get a lot of blame etc but we've ended up in a situation where I need to desperately raise £300 and I can't think of any ideas so I'm hoping someone may suggest something I haven't considered.

The money is needed for food for the week and to pay a very important bill. There's no wiggle room on the bill as we've already tried.

I've been on countless loan websites all afternoon but due to really bad credit ratings we are getting nowhere. I've thought of selling things but we honestly don't have anything of any value to sell!

I've tried asking family and friends but they aren't in a position to help.

Can anyone think of anything we haven't thought of or can recommend a website that would loan with very bad credit ratings??

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londonrach · 17/09/2022 19:39

Sell anything you can via Facebook market place.....

whattodo36 · 17/09/2022 19:41

@londonrach I really wish I could but I don't have anything worth any type of value. I've sold many things in the past so now I just don't have anything left that people would pay for. At most if I clubbed everything together I could probably make about £50 doing that

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colouringindoors · 17/09/2022 19:41

Sell your time/effort. See if your neighbours will pay to gave their car washed/lawn cut/ironing done/house cleaned if you're equipped/able

GrazingSheep · 17/09/2022 19:42

Advance payment from employers?
Food bank referral?

girlmom21 · 17/09/2022 19:42

Can you pawn your phone or laptop?

Jaaxe · 17/09/2022 19:42

Car boot sale? People will literally buy your crap at these

KentishMama · 17/09/2022 19:43

What is the split here between needing to buy food and pay a bill?

Re: food, are there food banks near you that you can access?

What do you do, job-wise? Are there extra shifts you could do, or do you have a skill (e.g. gardening) that you could use to get a few quick jobs in? (E.g. posting on local Facebook group to find someone who needs help with gardening this week)

Can you share what the bill is, and what the effect of not paying it would be?

Starlin · 17/09/2022 19:43

Vinted? Facebook marketplace? Ask the company for a payment plan? Last case could be overdraft?

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Butchyrestingface · 17/09/2022 19:44

The money is needed for food for the week and to pay a very important bill.

Can't help with advice re the bill - looks like you're going to have to default on it. Sad

Re food, do all the food banks in your area require a referral? I used to help out at a church run soup kitchen in my area that gave out free food 3x times a day, including the evening meal, which was a sit down affair. No referral needed. Some people came every single day. Anything like that in your area?

MomwasCasual · 17/09/2022 19:44

Can you roughly say what the money is needed for?

Not asking cos I'm a nosy git so am a nosy git but people might be able to offer specific advice

whattodo36 · 17/09/2022 19:44

@girlmom21 I sold my phone 2 months ago and got a cheap pay as you go one so that's not an option unfortunately.

Employers have refused a cash advance.

It's a situation that we've seen coming but just haven't been able to stop. Our energy bill went up two months ago from £65 a month to £300 and there's unfortunately nothing they will let us do about it. On top of that other small increases such a fuel etc are just setting us on a downward spiral

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Nannyogg134 · 17/09/2022 19:45

I really feel for you, I've been in the depths of this myself (more recently than I'd like). Those temporary loans are the beginning of a toxic relationship because the repayments are so high that you're unable to manage without getting another one to cover the shortfall each month. My only advice is to call your local foodbanks; we weren't eligible for a social services referral due to not being on the right benefits, instead we called our local Salvation Army office and a couple of local churches, eventually finding someone who could help. If you're on facebook, see if there is a page where people local to you are giving things away- the one near us often has people who are gifting odds and ends from the cupboard. As for the bill, if it is the council tax, ask to speak to your welfare rights team at the council (there definitely will be one) and tell them your dilemma. If it is a mortgage/rent payment then ask what discretionary power they have for people unable to pay for essential bills. I wish I could give you a better answer and I'm so sorry that you're in this situation.

ThisUserNameIsAvailableOk · 17/09/2022 19:45

Posters should be aware not to send money.

What's the bill and how much is it?

YumYummy · 17/09/2022 19:45

Do you have a car or bike , could you do Deliveroo?
Can you get referred to a food bank?

hoowhoo · 17/09/2022 19:46

Get a second job ideally cash in hand and a referral to food bank. Next call energy company and explain you can't afford it and see what they can arrange

WeAreAllLionesses · 17/09/2022 19:46

A loan is not the answer, you'll end up in huge debt as these rises are just the start.

Agree with pp - food banks and churches for food help.

Macaroni1924 · 17/09/2022 19:46

You may not have anything of value (or that you think is) but old phones, laptops, books, dvd bundles, kids toys, clothes. Basically anything you do not need get it listed on Facebook or gumtree even £5 per item will get you something towards what you need. I bought a house and literally sold everything I could to save the deposit. Old bookshelves, cake tins the lot. If it’s going to sell will go in first 24-48hours

ThisUserNameIsAvailableOk · 17/09/2022 19:46

Call them back and tell them you can't afford to pay the bill. It's good that it's the energy bill, they can't cut you off.

Check out Money Saving Expert for tips

NeverDropYourMooncup · 17/09/2022 19:47

You'll have to bounce the bill/cancel the DD. They can't take what you haven't got.

You'll switch to a tariff that's higher, but it'll give you a short time to look at whether you are actually using the amount they are wanting you to pay.

StoneofDestiny · 17/09/2022 19:47

Not sure what your skills are - Gardening tidies/lawn cutting for others.......

TheFormidableMrsC · 17/09/2022 19:48

Is your energy bill actually 300 or is that what they've set the DD to? They can't refuse to help you if you can't pay it. My first thought is get onto the CAB and ask them to liaise with your supplier. Mine tried to put my DD up to 300 but I refused because my average use is 105. I pay for what I use.

I'd get a short term referral to a food bank. So sorry you're in this situation.


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KentishMama · 17/09/2022 19:49

The problem with this being an energy bill is that those come in every month. If you use a loan to pay this month, then what will you do next month? Another loan? And the month after - another?

I feel like doing extra jobs is the most realistic, anything to increase your income. Cleaning, gardening, ironing, shopping, babysitting, tutoring, bar jobs, deliveroo or similar all spring to mind.

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