FOOD banks are dotted around Britain, offering free emergency essentials to people who are struggling to make ends meet.Here's how you can find your nearest one, plus how you can give your time as a volunteer or which foods you can give as donations.The Trussel Trust is the organisation behind the UK's only national network of food banks.People referred to their food banks will be given vouchers for at least three days' worth of food, as well as help finding agencies which can help with long-term hunger.To find the nearest Trussel Trust food bank near you, use their online search tool.Simply plug in a town, city or postcode, and the website will point you in the direction of your closest food bank.Each bank works with different professionals like doctors, health visitors, social workers and the Citizens Advice, who will refer people to food banks using a voucher.This voucher can then be exchanged at your nearest food bank in return for a minimum of three days' emergency … [Read more...] about How do I find food banks near me, what sort of donations do they accept and how can I volunteer?
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FROM the twinkling lights of Princes Street Christmas markets to the seasonal ice skating on St Andrews Square, Edinburgh is a wonderful city to enjoy during the festive season.The capital plays host to the most popular Christmas celebration in Scotland and this year it’s bigger and brighter than ever before with celebrations expanding across the city.With late-night shopping, an unbeatable festive atmosphere and only three weeks before Santa comes down our chimneys, I decided to explore ‘Christmas’ in the capital to find the best of seasonal food and drink and experience what events visitors and locals alike can enjoy this December.The Royal Mile in Edinburgh is well-known for its cliched tartan shops and is an area snubbed by locals avoiding haggis and bagpipes.But this festive season I checked into a hotel that’s revitalised and updated the old town for the modern millennial. Perfectly positioned just steps away from Edinburgh Castle is the G&V Royal Mile … [Read more...] about Our man Phil MacHugh checks out all the festive delights Edinburgh has to offer this Christmas
MOST of us know to regularly switch utility firms to save cash – but are you aware the same is possible with your bank account?This week marks the fourth anniversary of the Current Account Switching Service (CASS), which is designed to make it easier for consumers to change banks.More than four million people have already swapped, with more than 99 per cent of changeovers completed within just seven days — the service’s target. But there’s still a long way to go until Brits switch banks as often as energy firms.Anne Pieckielon from CASS explains: “Moving bank accounts used to be a lengthy and painful process, something which prevented people from moving to the best option for them.“But now we have CASS and our next job is to make sure that everyone who needs it knows they can useit with confidence.”So if you want to change banks, here are seven steps to get started. Identify what you don’t like about your current bank account. Are … [Read more...] about Here are our seven steps on how to change banks to save money — plus get a free fiver from our rewards club
MONEY for nothing? It’s possible with Sun Savers!Since launching our new rewards club earlier this year, we have given away more than a MILLION quid.Hundreds of thousands of readers are making free money every day simply for picking up their favourite Sun . . . and now it’s time for YOU to join them.Make sure you don’t miss out on the free cash by signing up at sunsavers.co.uk or downloading the free Sun Savers app.Full instructions for collecting your free cash are below.To celebrate our great giveaway hitting seven figures, we have teamed up with Andy Webb of becleverwithyourcash.com to bring you another seven simple ways to cash in. Switch your bank. Some banks offer as much as £150 to move your current account to them. But do check if there is a minimum monthly pay-in.Sell unwanted gift cards. If you have gift cards for stores you don’t like or simply won’t use, sell them on zeek.me.Put money where it makes money. … [Read more...] about Our savers club hands a fortune to our readers and you can start by getting a free fiver from our rewards club
OFF out tonight? Let Sun Savers help you look a million dollars, for a few quid.There are lots of great ways to save on your beauty routine, and we asked the PromotionalCodes.org.uk pennypinchers to reveal their top tips.A spokesman said: “Watching your beauty budget doesn’t mean you can’t treat yourself to a new hair cut or pampering facemask, you just have to learn to be savvy about it.”Here are the top tips:Visit beauty colleges: Most local beauty colleges will offer everything from a cut and blow-dry to manicures to massages for under £5. Not only are you supporting students, you’ll get a treatment at around 75 per cent off the normal price, and sometimes even free.Apply for samples: Lots of brands give free samples of products for testing or market research.Look out for offers on social media and sign up online to your favourite labels’ mailing lists.Get free make-up consultations from beauty bars: Most big brands offer free consultations … [Read more...] about Our top tips to save on your daily beauty routine — plus, get a free fiver from our rewards club
IT’S still cheaper to buy a house than rent but half of under-35s are waiting to find a partner so they can afford to do this.Data from Halifax, the UK’s biggest mortgage lender, reveals the average first-time buyer in the UK would be £651 a year better off if they owned a home.Unsurprisingly, Londoners could save the most — almost £2,000 a year. People in Scotland and the South West would save £869 and £969 respectively.But 45 per cent of people aged 18 to 35 say they need to wait to find that special someone before buying.To make matters worse, landlords often hit tenants with annual rent hikes which push them further away from their dream of owning a property.But whether you can afford to buy or are renting, there are many ways to get a better deal.Mayank Mathur is a rental expert and founder of The Urban Collective, a rental search concierge and property search app. Here he shares his top tips, first for buyers and then for renters.Do your … [Read more...] about We share top tips for buyers from mortgage agreements to negotiations and advice if you must rent — plus, get a free fiver from our rewards club
SAVERS are set to see major changes in just under a fortnight with the launch of the Lifetime ISA (LISA) – plus an increase in the overall limit for ISAs.The LISAs, which will launch on April 6, are tax-free vehicles designed to help younger savers build a deposit for their first home or for a retirement pot.Those aged between 18 and 40 can save £4,000 a year into a LISA and the Government will top up contributions by 25 per cent — that’s £1,000 per year if you save the full £4,000, until the saver reaches 50.As with ordinary ISAs, you can put your money in either cash or stocks and shares.First-time buyers can get access to some — or all — of their money when they need it if they use it to purchase a property worth up to £450,000.If you don’t use the money as a deposit on your first home, you can take it tax-free and penalty-free to fund your retirement — but only when you turn 60.While you may like the sound of LISAs, … [Read more...] about All you need to know about the new tax-free savings scheme to help you buy a home or retire
EVER wondered what a day in a YouTuber’s life is like?Well, from my 5 years of vlogging experience, here's the sort of day you could expect if you decided to be a YouTuber...Seeing as we don’t have an office to get to or a boss to report to, our alarms go off at various hours of the morning. If we’ve got editing to do, we’ll probably rise somewhere around 8am to put the kettle on.Before we get to actual work, we’ll spend an hour or so scrolling social media to see how well our recent posts have done and then we’ll trawl other YouTubers’ and bloggers’ social media to see how well their recent posts have done.Whilst sipping tea we’ll consider that we might need to work a little harder that day.Before getting to our emails, of which there are many, especially from foreign companies offering free clothes in exchange for a video - which we really should start denying seeing as free clothes don’t pay … [Read more...] about YouTuber Theodora Lee reveals what it’s REALLY like to be a star vlogger…from brand endorsements to ‘banking videos’
eBay has come a long way since its early auction site days, and is now the go-to site for an array of bargain-hunters. Rather than actually bidding, Buy It Now listings let you pick up bargains without the suspense over whether you'll actually win or not. While most retailers on the high street these days offer a few percent cashback on whatever you spend, eBay no longer offer cashback as standard. But it seems that cashback site Quidco have wrangled a deal with the auction site to get all members new and old an exclusive 5% cashback on every sale until midnight on Monday 6th November. As well as this, if you're new to Quidco, you can also get a free £10 cashback bonus on your first purchase. To claim yours, simply follow the three simple steps below: How to claim your free £10 Join Quidco, for free Quidco will direct you to eBay where you can shop like normal and earn 5% cashback on your completed order until Monday If this is your first Quidco purchase, you're also … [Read more...] about eBay UK deals and voucher codes: The online retailer is now offering a record high cashback rate – plus you can get a free £10
FOOD banks are dotted around Britain, offering free emergency essentials for people who can't afford to make ends meet.Here's how you can find your nearest one, plus how you can give your time as a volunteer or which foods you can give as donations.The Trussel Trust is the organisation behind the UK's only national network of food banks.People referred to their food banks will be given vouchers for at least three days' worth of food, as well as help finding agencies which can help with long-term hunger.To find the nearest Trussel Trust food bank near you, use their online search tool.Simply plug in a town, city or postcode, and the website will point you in the direction of your closest food bank.Each bank works with different professionals like doctors, health visitors, social workers and the Citizens Advice, who will refer people to food banks using a voucher.This voucher can then be exchanged at your nearest food bank in return for a minimum of three days' emergency … [Read more...] about How do I find food banks near me, what donations do they accept and how can I volunteer?