Saving Money

Free Money isn't too Good to be True

Adam Hamdy | Posted 23.07.2014 | UK
Adam Hamdy

Businesses in the rest of the country should get in touch with their county council and find out what schemes are in place to support and foster growth. There is free business support and money out there, and usually all it takes is a bit of time and paperwork to get it.

Ten Ways to Stop Yourself Going Broke as a Graduate

David V.H. Ellis | Posted 30.06.2014 | UK Universities & Education
David V.H. Ellis

Were the press to be taken at face value - always a terrible idea - it would seem only students have financial woes, as if every graduation ceremony involved not only a mortarboard and an awkward stumble across a stage but a cash prize too. If only...

Eight Secrets Estate Agents Don't Want You to Know

Adam Day | Posted 28.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Adam Day

I have worked within the estate agency industry since 1997. Here, I reveal eight secrets that traditional high street estate agents don't want you to know...

Seven Ways to Survive Moving Back in With Your Parents

Rebecca Allen | Posted 13.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Rebecca Allen

When I gleefully packed my bags and flew the nest at the age of 18, I thoroughly intended never to darken my parents' doors as a resident again... But when my partner and I suddenly found ourselves needing to move to yet another rented property we decided that our only chance of ever affording a real house was to take up his parents' offer of living with them for a few months while we saved for a deposit.

Estate Agency's Changing - Or Will It?

Adam Day | Posted 01.06.2014 | UK
Adam Day

Amazing isn't it? One of the oldest industries in the country is finally on the brink of change. But will we actually see change in an industry that is ripe for disruption?

UK Banking System Gambles With Brits' Livelihood

Alex Letts | Posted 18.05.2014 | UK
Alex Letts

Coinciding with an unforgettable week of racing at Cheltenham, Britain's gambling industry has had some rather less sunny headlines. Recent figures from the Campaign for Fairer Gambling revealed that, across the 55 most deprived boroughs in the country, more than £1.3bn was gambled on fixed-odds betting terminals last year, £470m of which was lost...

'You're A Mug To Save'

The Huffington Post/PA | Posted 05.03.2014 | UK

The Bank of England's five-year policy of rock bottom interest rates has sent out the message that "you're a mug to save", experts have said. But w...

Britons Need Saving From Our Savings Crisis

Alex Letts | Posted 31.03.2014 | UK
Alex Letts

Britain is in the throes of a personal finance crisis. Dramatic figures out recently revealed that personal debt totals £1.43trillion and the average household debt is almost twice as high as a decade ago at £54,000. To some this would come as a surprise, but to many it is confirmation that they are not alone in their struggle.

Bitcoin Falls 40% in a Few Weeks - Is It Over for the Crypto-currency?

Will Bancroft | Posted 06.02.2014 | UK Tech
Will Bancroft

Bitcoin, the darling of libertarian, fiat money avoiders, has plunged nearly 40% in a few short weeks. After an incredible run this year, soaring like a rocket from a bit more than $200 to $1,203 between October and late November, bitcoin has collapse back down to $752.

Britain's Savings Go to Holidays, Not Houses Study Says

Judith Lewis | Posted 02.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Judith Lewis

We save for retirement, we work hard to try and live frugally and we are careful so I was surprised to see that most Brits save for a holiday and not things like a repair fund (speaks the voice of experience).

How to Uncover the Best Travel Deals

Mark Hodson | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Mark Hodson

Discounting has been an important selling tool for the travel industry for the past 30 years or more and consumers have come to expect bargains... The result is a plethora of different types of deals and discounts, not all of which are as good as they might appear at first sight. Here's a guide to the various offers and how to get the most out of them.

Kids' Birthday Parties Are Out of Control

Sarah Willingham | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sarah Willingham

Seriously, it is time the parents grow up, take things back to basics and remember who these parties are really for!

So Gold Does Grow On Trees?

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

Money doesn't grow on trees, but gold certainly appears to, according to Aussie scientists who have confirmed that gold is found in the leaves of some...

Top Money Wasting Danger Zones - And How To Avoid Them

Student Beans | Oliver Brann | Posted 03.10.2013 | UK Universities & Education

You know what’s unfair? Hidden costs. Particularly when you don’t have any money to begin with. It's incredibly easy to waste money whilst at univ...

Top Ten Ways to Save Money on Travel

Andrew Matthews | Posted 20.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Andrew Matthews

Love travel? Love saving money? Think the two are mutually exclusive? Well, you're wrong. But you probably already knew that seeing as 'budget travel' is constantly prompting new travel trends...

Women Breadwinners Feel the Financial Pinch - Pay Day Lenders Benefit

Jenny Garrett | Posted 17.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Jenny Garrett

Women breadwinners need to manage their money effectively and earn more. Shockingly, even in 2013 on average women earn 80% of what a man would earn doing the same role.

Poor Web Education is Leaving Millions Out of Pocket

Marie-Louise Abretti | Posted 12.10.2013 | UK Tech
Marie-Louise Abretti

While access to the internet is one thing - the government is working to grant 90% of premises across the UK with broadband speeds of at least 2Mbps - education has been overlooked. We need better education so that consumers know about these costs and can make an informed decision.

How to Get a New Wardrobe Without Spending a Penny

Hannah McFaull | Posted 15.09.2013 | UK Style
Hannah McFaull

Every once in a while, I stand in front of my wardrobe and hate everything in it. Things have either become too small, too big, too old or I just feel meh about them. Put this alongside some dubious fashion purchases that have only been worn once, or in some cases not at all, and suddenly the desire for new clothes becomes overwhelming.

Can You Live Your Life Without Debt?

Daley James Francis | Posted 03.07.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Daley James Francis

As soon as the country falls into the mess of recession, that's when the prudence comes in, but by then it's too late. We're used to getting what we want when we want it in this country, and we've provided our own undoing as a result by living beyond our means.

The Costs of Having a First Baby in Breadline Britain

David Holmes | Posted 02.09.2013 | UK Lifestyle
David Holmes

Having a first baby is emotionally life-changing but the financial impact can be considerable too. Our new report, First Baby in Breadline Britain, finds that while mums-to-be generally realise there will be greater pressure on the family finances, the price tag attached to many items still comes as a shock.

Saving Cash as a Penniless Student

Daley James Francis | Posted 28.06.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Daley James Francis

After six months at uni (and bear in mind this was in the pre-£9,000 a year tuition fees era), my friend came to me and asked me how she could save money as she was completely skint, couldn't find paid work (she had been volunteering) and didn't want to live up to the cliché of the student who is bailed out by their parents whenever the going gets tough.

Broadband Contract End Dates - Why They Must Be Clearer

Marie-Louise Abretti | Posted 02.08.2013 | UK Tech
Marie-Louise Abretti

We've launched a campaign that will empower people and could help save them money. We want Ofcom to lean on broadband providers to send out reminders before contracts end - rather than keeping quiet and letting contracts roll over. Collectively, Brits are chucking £1.1billion down the drain each year by staying loyal.

Are Drug Coupons a Valid Way of Saving Money?

Daley James Francis | Posted 11.05.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Daley James Francis

Households all over the world are looking for as many ways as possible to save a little extra cash. We're told every five minutes that the recession i...

Things to Consider When Buying Car Insurance from Comparison Sites

Daley James Francis | Posted 09.07.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Daley James Francis

We've all seen the expensive - and often incredibly annoying - TV adverts about car insurance, and how they can save you money and all the rest of it. But sometimes it has to be about more than just saving money, and more about what it actually covers.

Eight Rules to Avoid Getting Ripped Off on Holiday

Rupert Wolfe-Murray | Posted 22.06.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Rupert Wolfe-Murray

Sometimes I think getting overcharged is part of travel but it doesn't have to be like that. I am currently on a short break in Turkey and I made up some rules about how to get the most out of being in Istanbul without getting fleeced.