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Pregnancy Benefits

Last updated: 15 March 2015

There a number of benefits you can get whilst you are pregnant, some are available to all and some depend on your individual circumstances.

Free NHS prescription and dental care

You are entitled to free NHS prescription and dental care during your pregnancy and 12 months after the birth of your baby – regardless of your circumstances.

To get this, you need to apply for a maternity exemption certificate by filling out form FW8, which is available from your GP or midwife.

The form is usually processed very fast, but if you do need to pay for medicine before you receive the certificate, then ask your pharmacist for an official NHS receipt and you may be able to file for a refund.

Sure start maternity grant

If you are on a low income and are getting some benefits or tax credits, or you are having multiple birth (i.e. twins) then you may be able to get a sure start maternity grant.

This is a one-off payment of around £500, tax-free, to help you bring up your child.
You can get it if there is no other child under age 16 in the family.

If you are having a multiple birth, then you still get the payment even if there is another child under age 16 in the family.

 

Healthy start scheme

If you are on benefits, you may also be able to take advantage of the Healthy Start scheme, which provides you with vouchers to spend on milk, fresh/frozen fruit and vegetables, and infant formula. You can also get free vitamin supplements.

You can find out more about Healthy Start here.

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Reduce your grocery bill by 70% this summer!

The kids are off school and they are going to be hungry – inevitably, the next few weeks will see the cost of your weekly shop shoot up.

To help families keep the costs of food shopping down, MMM put Approved Food to the test, which can help slash the cost of shopping by as much as 70%.

There is of course one catch – the food is past or close to its sell-by date, but perfectly safe.

With a £30 budget, MMM managed to bag a fair amount – cereals, tinned food, sweets and treats, drinks and even laundry detergent and dishwasher tablets – the sort of things where you can generally ignore the date stamped on the product.

If you’ve tried reducing the cost of the grub by switching brands or shopping at discount stores but think you can do better, then try Approved Food  – you’ll be surprised at just how much you could save on some store cupboard essentials.

New products are available everyday and there are some real bargains. For example, Sprite Zero 330ml for just 29p or a 2kg Reeses Peanut jar for just £2.99. There’s even stuff for pets, at more than 50% off.

MMM was really pleased with service and surprised at just how at just how much £30 would buy (see pic above/ instagram).

Although we would like to see Approved Food cut down on the cardboard packaging, the items arrived well packed and in excellent condition.

So, if you’re looking to save a few more pounds on your groceries, take a look at Approved food – you’ll be surprised at just how good the bargains are.

 

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