How to talk about money with your partner

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Talk about cash without the conflict

Talk about cash without the conflict

Our Need to Sleep campaign highlighted that 7.4 million people across the UK have trouble sleeping at night because of money worries. As well as affecting your sleep, it can impact on your health, job, and relationships. In fact, almost 30% go on to say that worrying about their financial situation affects their relationship with their partner or spouse.

That’s why we’ve invited Anjula Mutanda, ambassador for the relationships charity Relate, to give us her top tips to talk about cash without causing conflict. Take it away, Anjula! Continue reading »

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Don’t let energy bills suck you dry this Halloween!

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You CAN beat those fiendish fuel bill hikes!

You CAN beat those fiendish fuel bill hikes!

Darkness falls across the land, the midnight hour’s close at hand, the radiator waits across a frigid room…to switch it on means budget doom!

And though you fight to stay warm…your body starts to shiver. For no mere mortal can deny…his Halloween sure is a chiller!

So in case you didn’t guess from the above butchery of the lyrics from Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’, today’s blogpost is about keeping warm, and how that can prove tricky when you’re trying to save the pennies. What you may not know however is how easy it is to switch to a less fiendish energy plan.

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8 ways to save money in your extra hour

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Save money with your extra hour

Save money with your extra hour!

So the clocks are going back this weekend. Cue obligatory panic about whether that means we’ll get an hour less in bed or not! Thankfully, this Sunday you’ll have a whole extra hour in your day. Or your Saturday night, if you’re the energetic type.

Rather than getting 60 minutes more sleep, here are eight ways you could use your extra hour to boost your bank balance this weekend!

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Students – get top marks on your energy bills

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Don’t let your energy supplier put a freeze on your budget!

Don’t let your energy supplier put a freeze on your budget!

Things can seem in a constant state of go-go-go when you’re at uni – getting to grips with the food shop, deciding which club to go to, cramming before a big exam, drawing up rotas so everyone in the house knows when it’s their turn to do the dishes…the list goes on!

What many students may not know, though, is how much money they can save should they switch energy suppliers. They tend to believe that they’re lumbered with the same supplier they had when they first moved into their rented property, but this just isn’t the case.

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Have you bought anything from a rent-to-own store?

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We all know that sinking feeling that comes when the fridge-freezer stops working, the washing machine suddenly springs a leak or the mattress starts to sag so much that you can feel the bedsprings.

It can be hard to find the money to replace large household items, particularly if it’s an expense you weren’t planning for.

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Skint Dad’s tips for a cracking Bonfire Night

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One person who knows how to have fun on the cheap is Ricky Willis aka Skint Dad – Recently we invited him to share his tips for a thrifty and fun Bonfire Night…take it away, Ricky!

Don’t let your money go up in flames!

Don’t let your money go up in flames!

With Bonfire Night only a few weeks away my kids are already talking about Catherine wheels, sparklers and Guy Fawkes himself.

I must admit there’s something magical about seeing thousands of different coloured sparks rain down from the pitch black sky, and hearing the far-off booms and shrieks of distant rockets. What better excuse to get wrapped up in your winter woollies and snuggle up tight with your loved ones?

Guy Fawkes Night can be a pretty pricey affair, however. Fireworks aren’t always cheap. You then need to factor in stuff like where you want to enjoy the spectacle – your back garden? What if you want to have friends and family over who’ll need feeding and watering? If a big firework display’s more your thing, you’ll need to think of food and transport for you and your brood. Keep going and soon enough, your money is bound to go up in smoke.

That said, I don’t want to be a complete spoilsport and make the kids miss out on a night of fun (even if I do feel sorry for all the scared animals). Instead I’ve come up with a handful of nifty ways we can do Bonfire Night on the cheap.

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9 thrifty tips for your next job interview

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Our blogger pal Penny Golightly has learned many a useful tip while living well for less. Today she wants to share some advice on how to handle the dreaded job interview. Over to you, Penny!

First impressions are everything!

First impressions are everything

If you have money worries, getting a new job can be a great help.

But how do you smarten up for that all-important interview if you’re on a very tight budget?

In addition to looking at how to get some dapper threads on the cheap, we’ll look at some interview hacks that cost nothing but can prove priceless when landing you that job!

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