DIY on a budget: 2. Revive your living room

posted by Laura in Budgeting, Free things to do, Money saving 1 Comment

Brighten up your kitchen on a budget

Revive your living room on a budget

Doing up your house on a budget isn’t easy, but there are some simple ways to bring the costs down. In this series of blogposts I’ll be looking at ways to spruce up your home without spending a fortune. I’ve scoured the web for straightforward, thrifty DIY solutions to make your house feel more homely.

Last time we looked at ways to brighten up your kitchen on a budget, and this week I’m casting my DIY eye to the living room. Continue reading »


We’re calling for ban on payday loan nuisance calls

posted by Rachel in Debt, Payday Loans 2 Comments

We want to call time on unsolicited contact

We want to call time on unsolicited contact

A third of our clients have had nuisance calls offering them payday loans. That’s the shocking finding from our latest research into the scale of nuisance calls to those in debt.

Tempting offers of easy-to-apply-for payday loans can be a real source of stress for many people, and today we’re asking for unsolicited calls and texts offering high-cost credit to be banned.

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8 thrifty ways to enjoy a rainy day

posted by James in Budgeting, Childcare 1 Comment

Ideas to occupy kids on a rainy day

Keep the kids entertained when it rains

Keeping kids occupied can be difficult at the best of times. If it’s bucketing down outside and you’re on a tight budget then it can be tough to find ways to keep boredom at bay.

Occupying kids during the wet weather can mean expensive trips to the cinema or having to buy them new things to distract them from their boredom. This doesn’t need to be the case.

We’ve scoured the internet for ideas that are high on imagination but low on cost and we think kids will love them.

Whether it’s turning a blanket into a fort or your living room into a dance floor, you’ll find that you can have fun without spending loads of cash. Continue reading »


Will a refund from Dollar (The Money Shop) affect your debt solution?

posted by Laura in Debt, Dodgy practice, Payday Loans Leave a comment

Wallet and coins

Could a refund affect your debt solution?

Another day, another payday lender in the press! This week it’s Dollar’s turn to hit the headlines, after a review by the FCA (Financial Conduct Authority) revealed errors made by the payday loans company.

Dollar is the second largest payday lender in the UK, and is the parent company behind The Money Shop. It also trades under the names of Payday UK, Payday Express, and Ladder Loans. Continue reading »


This month’s top ten money-saving articles

posted by Rachel in Budgeting Leave a comment

You CAN grow vegetables without a garden!

You CAN grow vegetables without a garden!

Are you looking to add some feng-shui to your wardrobe? Perhaps you’ve landed an amazing job but you’re wanting to give your old work clothes the sack. Or maybe you’ve been putting off your dreams of growing your own greens due to being deprived of a garden.

Never fear! Your friendly neighbourhood thrift geeks here at MoneyAware have put together a smashing line up of money-saving articles from our favourite bloggers. So sit back, relax and let’s get started! Continue reading »


5 car tips to make your fuel go further

posted by Stuart Masson in Money saving Leave a comment

Stuart Masson is owner and editor of The Car Expert, the UK’s leading site for impartial car buying advice as well as news and information from all over the automotive world.

Use our tips to save you money on car fuel

Use our tips to help save you money on car fuel

We all know the pressure of rising fuel costs on our weekly budget.  But other than buying a new, more efficient car, what can you do about it?  Stuart Masson, editor of The Car Expert, brings you five simple tips that well help you go further from each tank of fuel.

While you’re probably very aware of how much money you spend on fuel for your car, how much effort do you put into making sure you are getting the most out of that fuel?

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7 hobbies that won’t cost you a fortune

posted by Skint Dad in Free things to do, Money saving 1 Comment

 One person who knows how to have fun on the cheap is thrifty father of three Ricky Willis aka Skint Dad – Recently we invited him to tell us his recommendations on how to keep busy without busting the bank…take it away, Ricky!

Get on your running shoes!

Get on your running shoes!

We all like to make the most of our spare time and let our hair down. The problem is that pretty much everything costs money. Whether you like the odd pint down the pub or play a sport, most of the time you need to dig deep into your pockets.

The Money Advice Service recently claimed that we as a nation are putting ourselves in ‘social debt’ in an effort to save face in front of our mates. (note: based on research carried out for our 2013 statistical yearbook, StepChange Debt Charity found that unemployment and reduced income continue to be the two biggest drivers of debt problems for our clients).

No one wants to be ‘that spoilsport’ who avoids getting together with friends due to a tight budget, but it’s also really important we have that leisure time and interaction with people we care about.

Luckily I’m going to give you the low down on seven hobbies that will keep you entertained without breaking the bank.  Hopefully you can get your buddies involved too!

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