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Do you want to get financially fitter this summer?

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Durham discounts

With rising prices in the shops and on petrol station forecourts, the University has a range of support that could help you get financially fitter this summer. Durham’s staff benefits scheme can help you access discounts from local and national retailers.

My Durham helps eligible staff to save hundreds of pounds every year. Offers include discounts from holidays and travel, supermarkets, high street and online retailers. For example:

  • Buying an e-voucher for Asda could get you a 4% discount on top of any other discount you might receive. With the average family shop costing £64 a week, you could save over £130 a year. You could make an even bigger saving at M&S where e-vouchers give you an 8% discount!
  • If you’ve not booked a holiday yet, offers a 5% discount e-voucher, while TUI is currently offering up to 10% off holidays. You could also get up to 30% off airport parking, as well as money off car hire while you’re away.
  • If you’re thinking about making a bigger purchase – maybe you need a new fridge or TV – then Currys and Argos both offer 6% discounts through My Durham. This means a £450 fridge freezer would cost you £423, while your £500 flatscreen would set you back £470.

If you’re not already registered, sign up to My Durham and start saving.

Cut your fuel costs

In these days of rising fuel costs, now could be the right time to think about finding an alternative to the car.

The weather should be getting a little better so cycling and walking becomes more attractive, and the University can help you hop on the bus and cut your travel costs:

Discounted bus and rail travel:

Get out on your bike:

Back to school

If your little one is off to nursery, you can save on the cost of nursery care through the salary sacrifice scheme.

Nursery+ allows you to pay for nursery care through your gross salary in exchange for a payment towards the University nursery to cover your childcare costs, so you’d pay less tax and NI and increase your take-home pay. For details take a look at the Nursery+ page.

Find out more about salary sacrifice schemes at Durham.

Winter ready

It’s never too early to plan ahead and with another possible rise in the energy price cap heading our way this autumn, now could be a good time to think about your energy usage at home.

Could you have better insulation? Is your boiler serviced and working efficiently? Are you doing everything you can to reduce energy use?

More information

You can get more details about advice and support to help you get financially fitter:

Why not share your money-saving tips with others by adding your comments below.



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