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Managing your money later in life can be an overwhelming task, especially as many services are moving online. There is also more choice than ever before, as it’s no longer just banks who offer these services. The process can be a tricky one to understand, so with this in mind, Sainsbury’s Bank has created a handy guide which walks you through the process, outlines the pros and cons of different transfer providers, information about the potential incurring fees, as well as security tips to ensure your money arrives safely.

There are many reasons that you might need to make an international transfer, from sending funds to loved ones living or studying abroad, to paying towards an overseas wedding or buying a holiday home for retirement, it’s essential that you find the best option for what your looking to do.

With each provider offering varying rates and fees, this can cause a little trepidation when sending money abroad. To make sure your transaction is safe and secure, choose your provider carefully. Traditional providers you might have used before include banks and foreign exchange brokers and these methods continue to be one of the safest ways methods. However, don’t be deterred from using alternative methods like debit or credit cards or online services like PayPal and Transferwise, as these could offer better exchange rates.

For more tips on transferring money abroad, check out this handy guide by Sainsbury’s Bank:

Transferring Money Abroad

Personal Alarm Information

A personal alarm is a good investment for older people to make. The service allows you to remain living in the comfort of your own home, with the ability to simply push a button around your wrist or neck if you require help.

You can learn more about the personal alarm by reading this in-depth guide, or alternatively you can give the Lifeline customer service team a call for free on 0800 999 0400. 

Use discount code BLOG2019 to save £10 on either a Monthly or Annual Plan.

Preparing for a holiday can be a stressful time, especially when it comes to your finances. Keeping your money safe abroad is important, whether it’s in the literal sense with your foreign currency or protecting your valuables whilst you’re there.

Safety and security should be on your mind at all times, and you need to be thinking about:

Perhaps the most important factor, especially for older people, is the need for travel insurance. If you’re not covered whilst you’re away, you may find yourself having to pay huge medical bills. Unlike the UK, you will need to pay for any medical attention you receive abroad. Insurance also covers you for lost luggage, any cancellations or delays, and injury. You need to have insurance in place as soon as your holiday has been booked, and don’t forget to have it in place for the duration of your trip.

It’s a lot to take in but luckily the team at Money Matters (Sainsbury’s Bank) have put together a help infographic to ensure you’re keeping your money safe abroad. On the image below you’ll see tips on preparation before the holiday, protecting yourself whilst you’re on holiday and the checks you need to make once you return.

Keeping Your Money Safe Abroad

Personal Alarm Information

For more information about our life-saving personal alarm service, please get in touch with our friendly team on 0800 999 0400. Alternatively, complete our contact us form and we will get back to you as soon as possible. You can also read our in-depth guide to our service.

Use the discount code BLOG2018 when you order one of our personal alarm on a Monthly or Annual Plan to receive £10 off.

Looking to do some home improvements? Sometimes a job requires professional help, and you’ll want to make sure you hire a reliable tradesperson.

Unfortunately, elderly and vulnerable people are particularly at risk of being scammed by ‘cowboy’ traders. Certain cold-callers may try to convince an elderly or vulnerable person that a job needs done to their house, only to charge them a high price for unnecessary work.

Before hiring anyone, ask for recommendations from friends and family or use the TrustMark tool, which will help you find a contractor that meets strict government standards. There are also a number of directories on the internet that show the top tradespeople in an area based on customer reviews, such as Rated People.

For more handy tips on finding a trustworthy tradesperson, check out this guide below from the Sainsbury’s Bank Money Matters team. The visual outlines the key checks to do before hiring a contractor and where to look for someone you can trust. It also provides suggestions on how to solve a problem if the tradesperson is at fault.

How to find a trustworthy Tradesperson

Stay Safe

If you’re being targeted by salesmen or tradesmen at your door please take caution. The best thing to do is to close the door and end the conversation as soon as possible. If you feel frightened or suspicious please call the police or a loved one. Of course, if you have a personal alarm, we would advise pressing your red button.

Personal Alarm Information

For more information about our life-saving personal alarm service, please get in touch with our friendly team on 0800 999 0400. Alternatively, complete our contact us form and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Use the discount code BLOG2018 when you order one of our personal alarm on a Monthly or Annual Plan to receive £10 off.

The following is a guest post from the Money Matters team at Sainsbury’s Bank!

With Christmas and the January sales just around the corner, online shopping security is a key issue for households across the country.

More Brits than ever are taking to the internet to do their shopping, as it provides a quick and easy retail experience. However, the frequency of cyber scams and fraud can make online shopping a risky endeavour. According to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), over half of all fraud offences in the previous year were cyber-related.

As in real life, the problem of online scams is particularly concerning for the vulnerable members of society such as older people. Fortunately, the Money Matters team at Sainsbury’s Bank have provided a useful and straightforward guide to help you stay safe when shopping online.

The guide is full of handy tips on issues such as keeping your credit card details safe, spotting potential scams, and ensuring your passwords are secure. It also offers useful information on how to report scams and how to claim your money back in the event that something unfortunate does happen.

Take a look at the online shopping safety guide below:

Have a question? Find out more about the personal alarm

For information on purchasing one of our life-saving personal alarms, please speak to one of our friendly advisers on 0800 999 0400. Alternatively, complete our contact us form and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Remember, if you’re ever suspicious or concerned about something, whether it’s online or at your home, please contact the police immediately on 999. Please use the non-emergency police number, 101, if the situation doesn’t require urgent attention.

Read our in-depth guide on how to avoid becoming a victim of crime. 

Remember to use the discount code BLOG2017 when you order one of our personal alarm systems on a Monthly or Annual Plan to receive £5 off.

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