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Focus on Money

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Handling money well and planning your financial future are some of the most important skills that you need in life.
Focus on Money points you in the right direction and gives you ideas to make your money go further.

Find out more ......on the internet

There are many websites aiming to help you get in control of your money, and stay in control, but finding the best or most appropriate one for you can be difficult. Those listed below all have useful information, advice and ideas.
Money Advice Service logo
The Money Advice Service can be accessed over the phone, face to face or online. It is a free, unbiased, financial one-stop shop to give you practical, personalised help with your money queries.
  • Make the most of your money. Answer some simple questions about you and your money and the free confidential health check will show you what you can do in easy-to-follow steps.
  • Free printed guides to help you make informed choice.
National Debtline logo The National Debtline provides free confidential and independent advice on how to deal with debt problems. The website has fact sheets, self-help packs,  personal budget sheets and sample letters to help you.
Directgov logo
Directgov is the official government website providing easy access to the public services you use and the information you need - money, tax and benefits; employment; pensions and retirement planning; education and learning and much more.
Money matters for young people.
StepChange are the UK’s largest provider of free debt management. They also offer budgeting advice and specialist solutions, like a DRO or IVA. Their free online tool, Debt Remedy, can provide a solution to your debt problem, in 20 minutes. Call 0800 138 111 open Monday - Friday 8am to 8pm, Saturday 8am - 4pm.
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Leicestershire County Council's Trading Standards service.
Information and advice on
  • Credit and debt
  • Loan sharks.
  • How to avoid scams
Age UK logo Age UK - information and advice for older people on money matters - income and tax, pensions, benefits and making the most of your money in retirement.

More useful websites to help you save money

Please note Leicestershire County Council does not endorse these sites – our aim is to provide as much information as possible for residents to make their own informed choices.

Save it!

Money Saving Expert - an independent website dedicated to saving you money on anything & everything by finding the best deals and beating the system.  It does not constitute financial advice but is based on detailed journalistic research.

Switch it!

uSwitch is a free, online and phone based comparison and switching service that helps customers compare prices on a range of services including gas, electricity, home phone, broadband providers and personal finance products.

Buy or sell it!

eBay is The World's Online Marketplace®, enabling trade on a local, national and international basis. With a diverse and passionate community of individuals and small businesses, eBay offers an online platform where millions of items are traded each day.

Recycle it!

"Recycle" the items you no longer need, rather than throw them away - find some hidden treasure or give away some unwanted items for free on these freeuse websites....
Leicestershire Freeuse is a website to give and take unwanted items in Leicester and Leicestershire.
Freecycle is a network of groups across the globe - a non-profit making organisation and movement of people who are giving (& getting) stuff for free in their own areas.

Reuse it!

Leicestershire's reuse directory is full of great tips and useful information for how you can reuse everyday items and save money.

Eat it!

Love Food and Hate Waste by making great recipes with your leftovers from the Leicestershire Love's Leftovers cook book or organise your own Love Food Hate Waste cooking class.
The websites listed above have been selected for their information, advice or service. Leicestershire County Council is not responsible for the content of external websites.

Find out more......from books

Leicestershire Library Services has a wide range of books to help you manage and save your money. Those shown below are just a few examples. Look on library shelves for books with similar class numbers, search the online catalogue or ask library staff for help.
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Alvin Hall
Money magic: seven simple steps to true financial freedom
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Jasmine Birtles
The money magpie
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Nic Cicutti
Make the most of your money: grow it, save it, spend it
Also available as an eBook - free for library members

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Duncan Bannatyne,
How to be smart with your money
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Dominic Littlewood
Don't get done, get Dom: great ways to stretch your money, not your budget
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Karen Pine and Simonne Gnessen
Sheconomics: add power to your purse with the ultimate money makeover
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Alvin Hall
Plan now, retire happy: how to secure your future, whatever the economic climate
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Rosie Staal
Earning money after you've retired: inspirational ideas to supplement your pension
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India Knight
The thrift book:  live well and spend less
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Liam Croke
I'm broke!: the money handbook
(a book for older children and teenagers)
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Alvin Hall
Show me the money:  putting the fun into finance
(a book for children)

Books to help you make your money go further

Around the home   
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Chris Jones
The greatest DIY tips in the world
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Sian Berry
Mend it!: 400 easy repairs for everyday items, from kitchenware & jewellery to furniture & textiles
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Lisa Thomas
Extraordinary fixes for everyday things
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Dorothy Wood
Make your own soft furnishings
Energy saving   
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Albert Jackson
Collins complete energy-saving DIY
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Nick White
Saving energy in the home
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Fiona Beckett
The frugal cook: buy cleverly, wastle less, east well
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Delia Smith
Frugal Food
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Cool camping: England
Cool camping: Europe
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Europe on a shoestring (Lonely Planet)
In the garden  
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Alan Titchmarsh
The kitchen gardener; grow your own fruit and veg
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John Harrison
The complete vegetable grower
Sell it! Buy it! Reuse it!  
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R. A. Penfold
eBay: tweaks, tips and tricks
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Extraordinary uses for ordinary things
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Lisa Thomas
More extraordinary uses for ordinary things: 1700 ways to save time and money
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Lorne Spicer
Find a fortune: how to buy, sell and make money on eBay and at boot sales
All of the books shown above can be requested at your library. They can also be requested through the online reservation service if you have a library card and a PIN. There is a charge for this service.

Take it further........

Citizens Advice Bureau logo
Free, confidential and independent advice on money problems is available from the Citizens Advice Bureau. To find your local CAB click here or ask at your local library.
Leicestershire County Debtline - 0844 248 0040   (Calls cost 5p per minute from a BT landline. Call charges from other landline providers or mobile phones may vary. Please check the rate with your phone service provider.)
National Debtline - 0808 808 4000 (freephone)
The Consumer Credit Counselling Service is a charity offering a wide range of free services, including a no fee debt management plan. You can access help by phone or online at CCCS Debt Remedy. Call 0800 138 111 open Monday - Friday 8am to 8pm, Saturday 91m - 2pm.

Page Last Updated: 24 October 2014