Make the most of your money

We’ve compiled a list of spend-slashing tips to help you save and make the most of your money.

  • Money off prescriptions

Save money on NHS prescriptions by paying an annual or quarterly fee to receive unlimited prescriptions, rather than paying per item.

You’re financially better off paying an annual fee even if you only receive one prescription per month. The more prescriptions you collect, the more money you’ll be saving.

For more details, click here.

  • Council tax discounts

You could be eligible for discounted council tax if you're in receipt of certain benefits, or you're the only adult in your property. Find out more here.

  • Trim trails

Otherwise known as outdoor gyms, trim trails are a free way to keep fit and avoid expensive memberships.  You’ll find trim trails across Aylesbury Vale in:

  • Watermead
  • Winslow
  • Stoke Mandeville
  • Ellesborough
  • Buckingham
  • Wendover
  • Drayton Parslow
  • Whitchurch
  • Ivinghoe
  • Marsworth
  • Chearsley
  • Stewkley
  • Marsh Gibbon

To find out more, contact the relevant Parish or Town Council. A number of Parish Councils have plans to install outdoor gyms over the coming months.

  • Low-cost broadband

BT Basic provides low-cost line rental and Broadband for anyone claiming Income Support, UC with zero earnings, income-based JSA or ESA, or Guaranteed Pensions Credit. Line rental and Broadband costs just £9.95 per month. To find out more, click here.

  • Water saving freebies

Thames Water offer free water saving devices to collectively help you cut your usage by up to £300 per year! Browse freebies here.

  • Free cyber protection

The Global Cyber Alliance and partners have developed Quad9; free software you can set up on your digital device in just minutes, that provides internet security and privacy for home-users and small businesses. Find out how to set up Quad9 here.

  • Energy deals

Citizens Advice provide guidance around how to spend less on your energy bills, including grants and benefits, removing pre-payment meters and checking you’re on the best tariff for your situation. Find out more here.

  • Tips on managing and saving money

If you need support with managing money generally, check out the Barclays Money Management pages. You’ll see advice around budgeting, debt, saving, borrowing and more!