Know your rights – February’s Debt News
As I write this the sun is visible in the sky for the first time in memory, though that might not be the case by the time you read this.
With spring approaching you can start dusting off your dusters…to do some dusting.
To keep you occupied in the meantime here’s a roundup of February’s most important debt news stories.
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Someone’s been busy swishing!
There’s a great way to keep fashionable and save your pennies at the same time. It’s been around a few years but the term ‘swishing’ still isn’t that commonly known.
So what on earth is swishing?
This was the very same question I asked myself when looking at ways to save money while remaining fashionable and on trend, during London Fashion Week. Continue reading »
Saving money on clothes
Staying on trend but also on a tight budget can be tricky. But if you know the right places to go then you can keep up with your most fashionable friends without having to break the bank.
We’ve found six places you can get clothes on the cheap. For each we’ll tell you the good, bad and the useful so you can save money on your clobber. Continue reading »
Looking dapper for chaps
I’ve got a friend who only owns one suit. Once, when it came around to a wedding he found he’d piled on a few pounds over Christmas and his suit didn’t fit anymore.
Rather than having it altered or buying a new one he decided to go on the ‘jockey diet’ and didn’t eat anything for days until the suit fitted again. That’s not being frugal, that’s madness.
As a Yorkshireman I’m happy in a pair of wellies, an old pair of jeans and a slightly curry-stained parker jacket. It goes without saying that I’m not one for spending much of my hard earned brass on posh clobber (although I wouldn’t go as far as the jockey diet to get into a too-small suit). Continue reading »
Moving into your first home tips
This is a guest post from Sophie Burns, she’s an advisor on our debt helpline.
In June this year I took the plunge and moved in with my boyfriend. I figured it was going to be pretty easy, since I was about 14 I’ve been washing my own clothes, cleaning the bathroom, sorting out Elvis’ cage (my dear departed hamster), and I’d also started cooking my own tea.
So 3 months in… this morning I had to eat my cereal out of a pie dish with a fork.
Washing up might not be my strong suit but I’m doing better with the other stuff. I’ve paid all my bills, I’ve paid the rent and I’ve bought my Nan her 60th birthday present! So as we Helpline advisors say, I’ve got my ‘priorities’ up to date and all is hunky dory in finance land.
Here are my top tips for those young’uns planning to flee the nest for the first time. Continue reading »
Benefit changes 2014
There’s rarely a day goes by without benefit changes being in the news for some reason or other but it’s often hard to know the details of what’s actually going to happen. To make life easy, we’ve summarised the big welfare benefit changes in 2014.
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What’s this month’s top debt stories?
There was one big debt news story in January – and it was about us!
We ran Debt Awareness Week a couple of weeks ago and we’re dead chuffed that it made such a big splash!
We spent the week highlighting our services in the media and featured in a debt clinic on the Guardian website as well as coverage in The Sun and The Daily Mail among others.
The aim of the week was to help people recognise the danger signs of debt and prompt those who do need assistance to get help sooner. Much of the work that went into the week was inspired by our own client’s experiences which really helped us to spread the word.
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