A Gift That Lasts Throughout the Year
While the holidays are a time for building memories and celebrating traditions, this time of year can also bring tremendous financial strain for many families. As people face inflationary pressures unseen for a generation, this seasonal struggle is taking on a whole new meaning. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that between September 2021 and September 2022, consumer prices for shelter rose 6.6%, while food prices increased 11.2% and energy costs were up 19.8%. For those already struggling to pay the rent, put nutritious food on the table and keep the house warm as temperatures drop, the rising costs for basic necessities is forcing difficult choices.