Is your next buy a Smarterbuy?
Published by Frances Griss for Dale & Valley Homes in Housing and also in Bill Payments, Communities
Dale & Valley Homes is supporting a new way of shopping which hopes to keep people out of the clutches of loan sharks.
Smarterbuys is a website which offers value deals on household goods and helps people borrow money from credit unions to pay for them.
By offering cheap deals on everything from beds to fridges, Smarterbuys is giving everyone a chance to save money on the things they need for their home.
Louise Harrison, customer accounts team leader for Dale & Valley Homes, said: “We have many customers who end up paying through the nose for essentials because they buy them from stores which charge high interest rates. In the worst cases people go to loan sharks for money to replace cookers and things like that.
“We want them to know there are alternatives. Smarterbuys is organised by the Northern Housing Consortium as a direct response to the difficulties of people on low incomes and works in conjunction with credit unions to offer affordable credit.
“Every month the site will have a new offer and members can say what they would like to see offered soon.
“One of the best things is that anyone can sign up, you don’t have to be one of our customers. Just go to www.smarterbuys.org.uk to find out more.
“Last week we promoted the Durham County Credit Union and our affordable home insurance to people on the Woodhouse Close estate in Bishop Auckland. People were really interested any many signed up with the credit union. Once people know that there is help managing money they are happy to take advantage of it.”