This edition of Branch Lines features a few of the ways you can save money through your UNISON membership.

Help with the weekly shop

One such scheme is the UNISON Prepaid Plus MasterCard. This is not a credit or debit card, it’s a prepaid card, so you load it before you use it. And you can only spend the amount you have on it, helping put you in control of your money. There are no credit checks, and it’s free to apply, though there is a £1.95 monthly administration fee. Topups over £200 are free by direct debit. There are charges for other methods. You receive between 3% and 6% cashback on purchases in shops such as Sainsbury’s, Asda, Debenhams, Toys R Us, Halfords, Bella Italia and many, many, more. There is a £10 welcome bonus offer when you reach £25 cashback. For more information visit www.unisonprepaid.com

Online rewards

If you prefer to shop online a good alternative to the pre-paid card is ‘UNISON Rewards’. This simple online service allows you to shop at thousands of online retailers and get cash back plus discounts and special offers. You can register for free at www.unisonrewards.com To use the service, you simply click through UNISON Rewards to the retailer and buy online as you would do normally. Cashback will then be added to your account and paid to you free of charge. Tesco, Vodafone, Play.com and B&Q are just some of the retailers signed up to the service.

Financial advice

Lighthouse financial advisers are on hand to give our members specialist advice on property, savings and public sector pension schemes. Call 0800 085 8590 for more information or visit www.lighthousefa.co.uk/affinity_groups/unison.aspx

Just want to get away from it all?

croyde-bayDid you know UNISON operates its own holiday resort in Croyde Bay? Situated on the beautiful north Devon coast, you can choose from a hotel, self-catering cottages or half board chalets. There’s a huge 50% discount for low paid members of UNISON, and a 15% discount for all members. There are also fabulous last minute offers at various times of the year to take advantage of. The resort won a certificate of excellence from Trip Advisor this year and is ranked in the top 10% of Worldwide Traveller Feedback. Download a brochure today and you could WIN a FREE holiday! www.croydeunison.co.uk