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The Salvation Army, making up food parcels amid a substantial rise in demand.

In "Feeling the Pinch" Northland journalist, Lois Williams, investigates how her community is coping with pricier petrol, food and services in general.

She speaks to people from all sectors - from beneficiaries to property developers - and asks what they're doing to trim their budgets - or in some cases - to survive.

While some have newfound zeal for the vege garden and sharing cars, others are resorting to food parcels and sharing houses.

Picture: As petrol and grocery bills increase, the Salvation Army foodbank in Whangarei is seeing a substantial rise in demand.