When good money-saving recipes go bad

posted by Rachel in Budgeting Leave a comment

The MoneyAware team read tons of thrifty and delicious recipes every day, and we try to practice what we preach, and cook them.

So when James recently had the bright idea that we attempt to make something yummy from some cheap cuts of meat, I jumped at the opportunity. I wish I hadn’t.

When I was assigned with cooking beef shin I really didn’t know what to expect. I should’ve known I was in trouble when I told the butcher I intended on roasting the beef shin rather than stew it. Why? Because he pulled this face at me.

Recognise it? You should. That’s the face you pull when someone’s clearly put their make-up on in the dark. That’s what you look like when someone grabs the karaoke mic after one too many sambuca shots. That’s the face you’ll be wearing until you get to the end of this article, too. You’ve been warned…

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People of StepChange: Getting debt advice

posted by James in Inside StepChange, StepChange Leave a comment

Every Friday on our social media channels we like to feature one our colleagues in our ‘People of StepChange’ photo project. Have you spoken with one of them in the past?

We’ve got lots of lovely people working here at StepChange Debt Charity and we thought it would be good to highlight the work they do – hence ‘People of StepChange’, launched in the spring.

This month we’ve shared photos of colleagues who help people when they first come to us for advice. These are the people on the front line, of one sort or another.

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Thrifty eats – we put cheap cuts of meat to the test!

posted by James in Budgeting, Money maximising, Money saving Leave a comment

We love saving money, especially if it means not having to compromise on quality. And meat is one of those areas where quality really matters.

Are “cheap” cuts of meat always all that cheap? Can they be as tasty as more expensive cuts of meat? Are they a nightmare to cook with? Are the MoneyAware team all terrible cooks?

We’ve experimented with cooking with four different types of cheap cuts of meat to see if they’re good value and tasty (plus one vegetarian option, to show you don’t always need to eat meat!).

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How to be a thrifty and fabulous wedding guest

posted by Rachel in Budgeting, Money maximising, Money saving 2 Comments

Weddings can mean stress, high expectations, and – if you’re not careful – spiraling expense. No, we’re not talking about the bride and groom; we’re talking about you, the wedding guest!

After hunting down the perfect outfit and arranging travel to some far flung location for the ceremony, you then have to worry about accommodation. Presents for the happy couple don’t exactly come cheap, and don’t even get me started on the hen or stag do!

As with all great attack strategies, we need to look at the wedding day from all angles so your wallet doesn’t leave you feeling jilted at the altar…

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Know your rights: August’s debt news

posted by Laura in Debt Law, PPI Leave a comment

It’s August and the kids are off school, the adults are enjoying the sunshine and everyone’s feeling more relaxed. It’s usually a notoriously slow news month, but things haven’t quietened down in the world of debt.

We’ve got an unexpectedly bumper debt news article for you, from payday lenders offering compensation and another potential PPI-related scandal, to Npower writing off some of its customers’ debts. And here I was thinking August would be a quiet one!

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Spread the word about StepChange Debt Charity!

posted by Laura in Social Media, StepChange Leave a comment

Every time someone interacts with us social media, gives us a like or a share or a comment, it lets others know that debt isn’t something they have to deal with alone. It’s also a great way to let other people in debt know we’re here to help.

As somebody who reads our blog, gets our emails, and is perhaps is also a StepChange Debt Charity client, you are one of our biggest advocates. So if you like what we do and want to help spread the word, why not give us a follow on social media and join in the conversation?!

Whether you have a couple of seconds or a few minutes, any time you can spare to share our messages on social media means we can let even more people know we’re here to help.

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MoneyMagpie’s top 6 websites for freebie fanatics!

posted by Jasmine Birtles in Money maximising, Money saving Leave a comment

The lovely Jasmine Birtles from MoneyMagpie.com is back with a follow-up to her colleague Marc Crosby’s insightful guide on how to sort the genuine freebie websites from the fakes. Jasmine’s very kindly put together a list of her favourite freebie websites to save you time and hassle when on the hunt for free goodies. Take it away, Jasmine!

Becoming a first-class freebie hunter has its advantages; not only can it sometimes help your daily budget, it can also give you early access to products before they hit the shelves.

We all love a good freebie and, thankfully, there are lots of sites on the web happy to provide them. Whilst a lot of them will list many of the same products, it’s important to make sure you’re going to the best ones so you don’t waste time trawling through rubbish.

Some so-called Freebies sites will offer you pretend ‘freebies’ like ‘free’ minutes if you spend loads on a new mobile phone contract. Who wants that? So, to make sure you don’t waste your time trawling bogus freebie sites, here are our top five that we’ve tried ourselves:

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