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Are you struggling with the cost of living? Do you find making ends meet is getting harder to do each month? 

Find out more about cutting your energy bills, family meal planning, free activities and days out and how to make your money go further.

This page features tips and advice for families.

Cost of Living Tips

Cost of living support

Find out what support is available to help with the cost of living. This includes income and disability benefits, bills and allowances, childcare, housing and travel.

BBC Cost of living tips

BBC has a personalised help section where you can find help to suit your particular circumstances. Tips on food, energy, transport.

Money Makeover

Money Saving Expert money makeover advice could help you save money with advice on budgeting and debt management.

Reducing your regular cost of living costs

Citizens Advice steps you can take to save on your regular living costs.


Supermarket Shopping tips

30 tips and tricks to slash food bills.

Family £1 recipe meal plan

BBC Food budget family meal planner with quick, easy, cheap, nutritional recipes for families to make.

Healthy lunch box ideas

NHS advice and recipes for a healthy lunch box.

Healthy Start

If you’re more than 10 weeks pregnant or have a child under 4, you may be entitled to get help to buy healthy food and milk.


Don't lose sleep over debts. Talk to someone. Get advice.

Citizens Advice Sandwell and Walsall

Citizens Advice Sandwell & Walsall provides free, confidential and impartial advice for the people in Sandwell and Walsall no matter what problems you may have.


Warmer Homes West Midlands

Free impartial advice about energy tarrifs and keeping your home warm.

Sandwell energy advice

Advice for Sandwell residents on energy switching, energy saving tips, help with debt and energy bills.


What's on in Sandwell for families

Lots of free activities for families in Sandwell libraries, museums and parks. Free school holiday activities and events. 

Holiday Activities and Food Programme

You may qualify for free holiday activities and food during school holidays. Find out more