In the deals and services pages we provide details of many local services in and around County Durham which give one to one support around finance, fuel and furniture.

Our resources pages show organisations which work nationally.  They contain useful information often including telephone advice services, forums, tool kits and information on legal rights and responsibilities.

Furniture

These websites advertise free pre-owned furniture or swapping opportunities.

You can donate stuff you no longer want or get a wide variety of items for your home.

 

FREEGLE

www.ilovefreegle.org

 

FREECYCLE

www.freecycle.org

 

snaply

www.snaply.co.uk

 

These websites are trading sites selling re-used furniture.

GUMTREE

www.gumtree.com

 

PREloved

www.preloved.co.uk 

 

ebay

www.ebay.co.uk

 

 

Grants

These organisations can provide grants for people in exceptional need. 

Applications may need to be made by a support worker on behalf of the person in need.

 

GREGGS FOUNDATION        

www.greggsfoundation.org.uk

The Greggs Hardship Fund provides grants of up to £150 for essential household equipment to North East families who are in extreme financial hardship

               

BRITISH GAS ENERGY TRUST

www.britishgasenergytrust.org.uk

BGET awards grants for fuel problems, white goods and debt relief (for customers of any energy company)

 

EDF ENERGY TRUST             

www.edfenergytrust.org.uk

EDF Energy Trust awards grants for fuel problems, white goods and debt relief (for EDF customers only)

 

NPOWER ENERGY FUND    

www.npowerenergyfund.com

The Fund can help with debts of domestic gas / electricity charges (for npower customers only)

               

TURN2US               

www.turn2us.org.uk

Free searchable website containing details of grants for individuals  

Money and Debt Advice Services

The following organisations provide free one to one telephone advice about money and debt problems and/or benefits.

In addition to the phone numbers listed most of these organisations also offer a mobile friendly advice line or will ring you back on your mobile phone.

Many provide useful information on their websites about money problems including debt tool kits and budgeting tools for people who wish to tackle money problems themselves.

 

CHRISTIANS AGAINST POVERTY         

www.capuk.org

              

DAWN

www.dawnadvice.org.uk

0300 303 1931

 

DEBT ADVICE FOUNDATION             

www.debtadvicefoundation.org

0800 043 40 50

 

NATIONAL DEBTLINE

www.mymoneysteps.org

0808 808 4000

 

STEPCHANGE DEBT CHARITY            

www.stepchange.org

0800 138 1111

 

DEBT SUPPORT TRUST        

www.debtsupporttrust.org.uk

0800 085 0226

  

Price Comparison Websites

Price comparison websites can help save you money by comparing the costs of common household utilities such as insurance, fuel, telephone / broadband services and banking. 

To make the most of these sites you need to know you postcode and it’s best to have a recent bill handy.

 

COMPARE THE MARKET    

www.comparethemarket.com

 

ENERGY SAVING ADVICE SERVICE    

www.energysavingtrust.org.uk                

 

GO COMPARE     

www.gocompare.com

               

confused.com

www.confused.com

MONEYSUPERMARKET.COM            

www.moneysupermarket.com                

 

MY HOME ENERGY SWITCH             

www.billscutter.com  

 

U SWITCH             

www.uswitch.com         

                

Petrol prices

www.petrolprices.com

Other Useful Websites

These websites have lots of useful information about managing your money.

               

CITIZENS ADVICE

www.adviceguide.org.uk 

 

MONEY SAVING EXPERT    

www.moneysavingexpert.com

 

MONEY ADVICE SERVICE

www.moneyadviceservice.org.uk

 

ADVICE IN COUNTY DURHAM

Advice in County Durham is a new initiative making it easier for you to access the right advice and support. Search the approved centres to find a local agency to help you.

www.adviceincountydurham.org.uk 

 

This website will help you find your nearest cash machine

www.link.co.uk/ATMLocator

It will also tell you whether or not the ATM is free to use and if you can use it to top up your mobile phone.

Cashback Websites, Loyalty Cards and Voucher Codes Sites

These websites can be used when shopping online to save money, earn points and make money on your purchases.

 For more information visit www.moneysavingexpert.com/shopping

Cashback Websites

If you are shopping online for goods like jeans, a new phone or a holiday,  or a product like car insurance, instead of going straight to the company website, visit a cashback site and click through to the retailer from these.  This means you get paid to spend your money. Your earnings vary from pennies for retail items or a takeaway to over £100 for some mobile contracts.

First you will need to sign up to join the cashback site, which should be free. If it's not, avoid it. Then when you shop, log on and search for the online retailer you want to buy from, such as Argos or B and Q. If it's listed, click the cashback site's link to visit that company.

The cashback site tracks your visit. If you buy something, an amount is put into your cashback site account once the transaction's processed. Once it is paid into your cashback account, which can take a few weeks, or even months you can withdraw the money. 

 

top cashback

www.topcashback.co.uk

 

QUIDCO

www.quidco.co.uk

 

Loyalty Cards

Many big retailers offer customers a loyalty card to earn points for spending in their stores.  The points can be used to get discount when you shop there again.  Stores often run events to offer bonus points or to 'boost' points, allowing you to exchange them for more than their usual value.  Some schemes let you swap points for days out, meals and travel with their partners.  Don't choose where you shop based on the loyalty scheme though as the store may not have the cheapest prices.

 

nectar card

Can be used in Sainsburys, Homebase, BP and British Gas to collect points.

www.nectar.com

 

tesco clubcard

www.tesco.com/clubcard

 

Boots advantage card

www.boots.com

 

morrisons match & more

www.morrisons.com

 

superdrug beauty card

www.superdrug.com/beautycard

 

Voucher Codes

There are websites who list discount codes which can be used when shopping online.  Some offer money off or free delivery.  There is no guarantee the codes will work and usually cannot be combined with cashback.

 

money saving expert

The codes featured on this website have all been checked and verified.

www.moneysavingexpert.com/deals

 

voucher codes

www.vouchercodes.co.uk

 

vouchercloud

www.vouchercloud.com

 

hot deals

www.hotukdeals.com

 

my voucher codes

www.myvouchercodes.co.uk

 

money supermarket

www.moneysupermarket.com/vouchers

 

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