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How are people in Newark changing their daily habits to stave-off the rise of living costs?

As living costs continue to rise and wages don’t follow the same rhythm, people are forced to change their spending habits.

We went out to the community to hear what people in Newark have been doing to save some pennies without turning their lives upside down.

"I think a lot of people in Newark will be affected, there’s either a lot of rich people or a lot of poor people." said Floriane Forconi.

" A lot of people live with the minimum wage and I think that’ll be a problem,

"A lot of people will have to choose between a small city or elsewhere.”



Charities, business owners and the general public, have all been affected by the rise in bills, from electric, gas and petrol to food, all everyday essentials, with many left tp consider what is really needed and what is privilege.

“The prices of food went up so much! My husband is semi-retired, so he only works two days a week and we used to still be able to afford a holiday abroad, but now with everything going up, it’ll be difficult to.” said Catherine Hartley.

Marks and Spencer Newark. (57762135)
Marks and Spencer Newark. (57762135)

She added: “I go to Poundland to buy my cleaning products because it’s the same products as in Asda but instead of paying £3, I pay £1.”

“The thing is that during summer people haven’t really realised what will happen, during winter the nights get longer, it’s colder and you sit inside and watch television, but habits have to change. It's just little things that you have to do.” said Richard Hartley.

Newark town centre (59398150)
Newark town centre (59398150)

Changes to habits such as turning lights off, growing your own vegetables and fruits, saying no to dinner's out and evening at the pub might be a reality to the country, and Newark itself, as soon as the effect of a drastic increase in bills is felt again later this year.

“We’re shopping a little more carefully, looking for cheaper alternatives. We also grow our own vegetables which saves a lot of money” said Rupert Vinnicombe.

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