8 ways to save money in your extra hour

posted by Laura in Budgeting, Debt, Need to Sleep Leave a comment

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

posted by Rachel in Budgeting, Money saving, Priority Household Bills Leave a comment

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 stop my kids missing 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

posted by Penny in Money saving, Redundancy 2 Comments

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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10 money mistakes we hear every day and how to avoid them

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10 common money mistakes

10 common money mistakes we see every day

I’ve yet to meet someone who hasn’t made a mistake with money at some point in their life. Whether it’s forgetting to cancel a direct debit or paying more than necessary for something, these sneaky slip-ups can happen to the best of us.

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5 sleep hacks – get a better night’s sleep

posted by James in Need to Sleep, Wellbeing Leave a comment

sleep hacks

Follow our purrrfect sleep tips

Not sleeping isn’t much fun. You spend all day feeling weary and longing for that moment when your head hits the pillow and then suddenly – POW! – you’re wide awake and your mind is running over all those pointless thoughts you could have been having hours earlier.

As part of our Need to Sleep campaign, we’ve been thinking about ways to cope with sleep problems.

There’s lots of advice available on the internet to help you get to sleep but much of it is either common sense or based on questionable research. After trawling through dozens of articles full of sleep tips (which might be a way to help induce sleep in itself!) I’ve put together a list of five of the most practical steps you can take to improve your sleep.

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