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.
You can donate stuff you no longer want or get a wide variety of items for your home.
Applications may need to be made by a support worker on behalf of the person in need.
The Greggs Hardship Fund provides grants of up to £150 for essential household equipment to North East families who are in extreme financial hardship
BGET awards grants for fuel problems, white goods and debt relief (for customers of any energy company)
EDF Energy Trust awards grants for fuel problems, white goods and debt relief (for EDF customers only)
The Fund can help with debts of domestic gas / electricity charges (for npower customers only)
Free searchable website containing details of grants for individuals
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.
0300 303 1931
0800 043 40 50
0808 808 4000
0800 138 1111
0800 085 0226
To make the most of these sites you need to know you postcode and it’s best to have a recent bill handy.
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.
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.
For more information visit www.moneysavingexpert.com/shopping
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.
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.
Can be used in Sainsburys, Homebase, BP and British Gas to collect points.
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.
The codes featured on this website have all been checked and verified.