Many people across the UK are looking to make savings during this time of recession by turning off their heating in the winter months and shopping at cheaper stores.
Union Group Unison has announced that people are now having to resort to selling their cars as the cost of living rises again due to higher utility bills.
Unison's "There for You" initiative is giving grants to its members who are struggling to make mortgage repayments or purchase clothing such as their children's school uniforms.
The Union paid out £750,000 from it's charity branch in the past year, which was an increase of 11 percent against the figure for 2010.
David Prentis, the general secretary of the Union said that "it is disgraceful that people have to rely on welfare grants to pay for household bills and basics such as clothing, which have increased by more than 500 percent. Many family budgets are being blown out of the water by the soaring cost of energy."