AbilityNet Factsheet - September 2022

Cost of Living crisis: helpful digital resources

The cost of living has been increasing across the UK. 

AbilityNet encourages people to be online because it can open up a whole new world of opportunity. For example, instead of paying over the odds for services, you can often search online to try to find a better deal. 

So, as an additional resource as part of our free Cost of Living crisis and how digital can help webinar we have gathered together some of the major price comparison sites that may help you get the best deals, along with some lesser known sites and apps that may be able to save you money.

We will continue to add further resources to this page as we become aware of additional advice available.  

Last updated: September 2022

Price comparison websites

Price comparison sites for consumer goods

Google Shopping

Price comparison sites for supermarket food

My Supermarket Compare

Price comparison sites for utilities/travel

Money Supermarket
Compare the market
Go Compare

Easy Read guide to saving money on energy bills: Easy Read resources from Taking Charge energy.

You can now switch providers to try and get a better deal. We'd advise thinking very carefully about doing this. Get useful tips from Martin Lewis on the MoneySavingExpert website. 

Financial apps/websites

Mint: Budget Tracker & Planner - Free Online Money Management 

Money Manager: Budget Planner 

Starling Bank: see what items you spend most on

Top Cashback: get money back when you shop online

Claro Wellbeing Financial Calendar download [PDF]

Budgeting apps for people with learning disabilities

Money Saving Expert: 31 MoneySaving tips for disabled people

Student-focused resources

Save the Student: a list of money-saving ideas with student deals highlighted

Totum: Student discounts recommended by NUS

Other money saving ideas

Liftshare: links drivers with passengers so you can share costs, reduce your travel impact on the environment, and have someone to chat to on your journey.

Too good to go: this app aims to avoid food waste. Food outlets advertise that they have got "Magic bags" available which you can reserve. This provides valuable food to those in need.

Olio: this is similar to Too good to go, connecting neighbours and local businesses to avoid food waste. Non-food items are also available.

Stonerefurb.co.uk and Getonlineathome.co.uk: both offer refurbished technology​ at affordable prices

Moneysavingexpert discount codes: a range of discount codes to use online that may be useful

The Big Hack: Check out its analysis of video on demand streaming services for accessibility.

Help getting online

Greater Manchester Combined Authority: see its summary for how to get online 

Ofcom: summary of current, cheaper broadband and phone packages including social tariffs

National Databank: The National Databank is providing free data to 500,000 people in need via a network of community partners

USwitch: Guide to Broadband for low income families

If a friend or a loved one needs encouragement or advice about how to get online, contact us to arrange for an AbilityNet tech volunteer to come to help.

Local government support

Cost of Living Hub: This hub has been designed to share best practice and help councils to support their residents with the rise in the cost of living. Case studies and resources can be found for each topic area within the site.

How AbilityNet can help you

My Computer My Way

My Computer My Way is an AbilityNet run website packed with articles explaining how to use the accessibility features built into your computer, tablet or smartphone. The site is routinely updated as new features and changes are made to the Windows, MacOS, iOS, Chrome OS and Android operating systems. The site is broken down into the following sections:

  • Vision – computer adjustments to do with vision and colour
  • Hearing – computer adjustments to do with hearing, communication and speech
  • Motor – computer adjustments to do mobility, stamina and dexterity
  • Cognitive – computer adjustments to do with attention, learning and memory

Use it for free at mcmw.abilitynet.org.uk

Advice and information

If you have any questions please contact us at AbilityNet and we will do all we can to help.

  • Call: 0300 180 0028
    Please note: calls to our helpline number cost no more than a national rate call to an 01 or 02 number and count towards any inclusive minutes in the same way as 01 and 02 calls, and AbilityNet does not receive any money from these calls.
  • Email: enquiries@abilitynet.org.uk

IT support at Home

If you’re looking for in-person support, you can book a free visit from one of our disclosure-checked volunteers. Many of our volunteers are former IT professionals who give their time to help older people and people with disabilities to use technology to achieve their goals. Our friendly volunteers can help with most major computer systems, laptops, tablet devices and smartphones.


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