When you are still with your abuser, the thought of needing money for when you leave may be overwhelming. Your safety, and the safety of your children and pets, always comes first. So if you need to leave your abuser without preparing, please do so. If you are still in the process of considering if you are going to leave or not, there are things you can do to get your finances in order and to save money. Here are a few tips to help you. For more financial safety planning and savings suggestions specifically for victims of domestic violence, please contact MSCFV anytime at 1-800-927-4673 or use the chat on this website and connect with an MSCFV case manager.
Saving Money While With An Abuser
- Use Coupons (Some stores let you use coupons in a way that will let you get cash for them)
- Sell clothes at a Consignment Shop
- Rent out baby gear
- Join loyalty programs to earn cash back, discounts, or points for travel, food., etc. One survivor shared that they use the “shop and earn” option at the end of the month to buy non-food items, like diapers and personal hygiene items. Consider your safety when signing up for loyalty programs as they may send information to your house or email that can show how much you spend and the types of things you are buying
Things You Can Do Before You Leave Your Abuser to Help Your Finances
Look at your financial situation now and for when you leave:
- How much savings do you have?
- How much money are you getting monthly (paycheck, social security, child support, ...)
- What expenses will you continue to have when you leave? What new expenses will you have?
- What assets will you have once you leave? Examples include:
- Affordable place to live