Personal Finances

New Year, New Money

New Year, New Money

Every year many people make New Year’s resolutions, whether they decide that this year they are going to get more exercise, lose weight or be more money savvy. The problem is that sticking to a New Years resolution can be quite tricky. Sticking to a budget, especially if you are not used to one, can […]

Can you get a good mortgage deal if you’re self-employed?

Can you get a good mortgage deal if you’re self-employed?

If you are self-employed and looking to make your first move onto the property ladder then you might be concerned that you won’t be able to get a good deal on a mortgage.  Whilst it is true that with the removal of self-certification mortgages from the market, due to the number of people who abused […]

Moving in with a partner – What to do about your finances

Moving in with a partner – What to do about your finances

When moving in with a new partner, there are lots of factors to take into consideration. One of the main things to talk about are your finances, and you must be both open about how you want to manage them. Moving in together will initially affect your finances as you will be sharing household costs. […]

How much money should you really be saving each month?

How much money should you really be saving each month?

How much money should you be saving each month?  50% of your wage? £50 a month or nothing until you can afford it? This is a common question that people often ask. It is not a surprise to say that it is wise to save money. However, it could be easier said than done. In an ideal […]

4 Ways to cut down on winter costs with your friends

4 Ways to cut down on winter costs with your friends

As we are approaching winter, we may start to think about all of the extra costs. These could include Christmas shopping, Christmas holidays, trips out and more. There is so much to fit into such a short time, and it all comes at a cost. Here, we are going to look at a few ways […]

Managed Bank Accounts – Are They Worth the Money?

Managed Bank Accounts – Are They Worth the Money?

Managed bank accounts are sometimes known as supported banking and they were designed specifically for people who have a poor credit history or for those who have difficulty in managing their money. What a managed bank account does is essentially to take over control of your finances – your incomings and outgoings. They can be […]

Should you have more than one credit card?

Should you have more than one credit card?

When it comes to credit cards, people can get a little confused. Some people believe that you should really only have the one whilst there are other people who have a number of credit cards. So, which is right? Should you have more than one credit card? Here we take a look at the benefits, […]

4 great ways to budget for Christmas

4 great ways to budget for Christmas

Every year as Christmas rolls around, people find themselves struggling with the extra expense that the festive season brings. This often leads to a situation where they find themselves starting the New Year with debts that they could have done without. It can be a vicious cycle but there are some fantastic things that you […]

Top 10 things you might have missed off your budget

Top 10 things you might have missed off your budget

You have looked at your income, worked out all your outgoings and carefully compiled a budget that gives you a very clear idea of exactly how much disposable income you have left each month. There is just one problem – you are just halfway through the month and already your careful budget planning seems to […]

How to properly prepare for a re-mortgage

How to properly prepare for a re-mortgage

If your mortgage is coming to the end of its rate, then before you start looking around there are a couple of things that you should consider doing so that you are fully prepared. Re-mortgaging can require a little work on your part. However, done properly, it can help you to unlock some extra disposable […]

Bite-sized guide to pension misselling​

Bite-sized guide to pension misselling​

We all understand the importance of having a pension and making sure putting money aside for retirement is something that we do as soon as we can. The sad truth however, is that many thousands of people have had their pension put at risk because of advisors who persuaded them to move their money from […]

Budgeting for Maternity Leave

Budgeting for Maternity Leave

Financially, there may never truly be a “right time” to start planning a family, but you should not let that put you off.  In the run up to maternity leave, and during it, there are plenty of things that you can do so that once your income drops you are able to take the time off […]

When should you begin to think about pensions?

When should you begin to think about pensions?

If you have started your first full time job, then you should really start to think about paying into a pension. It is never too soon to start putting even a little bit of money away towards your retirement; and whilst that really might seem like such a long way off when you are still […]

Saving for a home deposit – 6 sacrifices you could make to save faster

Saving for a home deposit – 6 sacrifices you could make to save faster

With house prices continually on the rise, saving a deposit can represent a serious challenge to most first-time buyers. Rental properties don’t come cheap either, so the combination of high monthly rents and the high cost of living make it very difficult to put aside enough money for a deposit.  Don’t despair if you think […]

Car Loans – Advice & Information

Car Loans – Advice & Information

The importance of automobiles cannot be over emphasized and it is basically impossible to imagine a world without one. They help make the world go round and a life without them is tantamount to “unpleasant”. Be you a lad, a college student, a university grad or a regular man; you will have probably fantasized about […]

Managing your Finances Effectively

Managing your Finances Effectively

If you consider budgeting as a regular practice, you will see that your finances will improve.  Having a budget will teach you self-control and discipline, and this will help you a lot in avoiding debt. Budgeting is, likewise, one of the effective ways to get out of debt.  Once you’ve learned how to budget your […]

Obtain Help Managing Your Money

Update 15 November 2016 With the economy being in the condition that it is currently in,  more and more individuals are beginning to have financial troubles and require the help of debt counseling services. When the economy declines, so do the peoples’ finances. Due to the conditions the amount of people that rely heavily on […]

Learning How to Budget Effectively

Learning How to Budget Effectively

We all experience times when we get into debt – or, at least, more debt than we are comfortable with. It could have been an emergency situation like needing to pay for repairs to our home or needing to buy a new car to get us to work. But often enough it can be put down to bad spending habits – it is so easy to be tempted into spending more than we can reasonably afford, especially when we have some spare capacity on a credit card. But then the reality of having to pay off that debt hits hard and what we have to show for it is probably very little in the greater scheme of things.

Budgeting effectively requires steely determination, avoiding the shops and avoiding online shopping, especially late at night when we can make irrational decisions. It means only buying what you really need not all those extras that are not essential.