Shorter daylight hours and colder weather are on the way, and for many, this means seriously looking at the impact the rising energy cost will have on them this winter. Even though a unit price cap is in place, your behaviour last winter could be too costly to maintain this year. Dramatic increases in energy, […]
Reduce Average Energy Bills
7 tips to reduce average energy bills With the cost of energy soaring, more people than ever are trying to reduce their energy bills. Average energy bills for UK households are around £526.23 per year or £43.86 per month on electricity and £602 per year or £50.17 per month on gas. This is bound to […]
Money Management for your First Year at Uni
For most students, living away from home for the first time and getting used to a tight budget can be tricky. You need to ensure that you cover all the important things. Therefore, learning to budget and even save money is essential. It can really add up when you think about it, food, books, accommodation […]
Breaking Bad Money Habits
A new year has rolled around and you may be hoping to start afresh with resolutions for a new you. Make this year the year you resolve to break those bad habits which you may not even realise you had, that are stopping you from managing your money properly. Invisible Spending What do we mean […]
Standing Orders, Direct Debits And Continuous Payment Authority – Know Your Payment Types And How To Cancel
Now more than ever, it’s a good idea to keep on top of your bank balance. However, many people struggle to understand the payment types that leave their accounts automatically. There are primarily three types of payments that debit funds from your bank account. Here, we will help you understand how they are set up and […]
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 […]
Is It Time To Ditch The Cash ISA?
A cash ISA is simply a savings account that you don’t pay tax on. You can put £20,000 each tax year into a cash ISA, and it remains tax-free year on year. Cash ISA savings do not count towards the PSA (personal savings allowance). Yet, for many, such benefits are no longer relevant. This is […]
5 Budgeting Apps That Could Help You Save Money
There is no doubt that it’s time for many of us to look at our finances. It certainly pays to budget wisely, and saving some money along the way has to be a good thing. Whether to cope with the rising cost of heating, getting around with transport and fuel costs increasing, or simply paying […]
Electric car FAQ – Can they really save you money?
In the last couple of years, the newspapers have been full of articles about how good electric cars for the environment and how over the course of the next few years we are likely to see more electric cars on the road and the start of a better infrastructure to support their use. You may […]
Subscription Shopping: The Good and The Bad
Subscription shopping has actually been around for a decade or so now. However, it is spreading its tentacles across an ever wider product range. Certain products may well lend themselves to the concept of subscription shopping. We’re thinking here of things like pet food and cosmetics, things which, once you’ve decided to stick with a […]
How to conduct a January personal finance audit
Finances change on a fairly regular basis, whether you get a raise in your current job or start a new one, the prices on your utility bills can go up, and of course they will fluctuate with the seasons. Taking the time to conduct a personal finance audit can be a good way of keeping all of […]
Frugal Money Management Tips
These economical household money management tips I am about to share with you will help you keep more money in your wallet. When it involves family money management, these are straightforward approaches that my family uses. In fact, speaking from experience, if you begin to put these money saving tips to use, you’ll be pleasantly […]
Should You Go Through a Broker for your Mortgage?
Updated 27 February 2023 Taking out a mortgage is a huge decision and it is worth taking time to do your research in order to get the best deal as the mortgage market can be a very complex minefield to wade through with many different types of deals on offer. What is a mortgage broker? […]
Buying a Home vs Renting a Home
Everyone has a different opinion on renting vs buying, but which one truly is the best route to take? That depends on so many different factors, it’s impossible to answer in general. But with the proper information, each individual can make an informed decision that best suits their current situation. Buying a home is a […]
How To Save Money On Insurance
If you wanted to cut back the amount of money you are spending on home insurance fees, there are quite a few ways to do so from getting new quotes to changing your security. The lowest price should be your main focus so don’t sit on a plan just because you’ve had it for a […]
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?
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
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 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
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 […]