Our top ten articles of 2016

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This year has been the busiest ever year for the MoneyAware blog. We’ve had more than 1.4 million visits to the site and the year’s not even finished yet!

We don’t like to blow our own trumpet but we’re pretty pleased about how many people we’ve been able to help with our articles.

Here’s a round-up of the most popular blogposts we’ve had in this bumper year for the blog.

10. 101 ways to save money

35,261 reads

Our pals at the Money Advice Service came up with this huge number of money-saving tips. It’s no surprise that it’s been so popular, with so many tips to choose from there’s something for everyone!

9. How to clean up your credit file after an IVA #

37,909 reads

If you’ve been on an IVA for a few years you might not be thinking about your credit file. However, having a clean credit file can help you in a number of ways. You can work out whether you can get a mortgage or apply for a new mobile contract, and in some cases it may even be checked by prospective employers. Following the simple tips in this article can really help to make sure your credit file starts to look better after an IVA.

8. Bailiffs: know your rights

37,913 reads

The idea of bailiffs turning up at your door can be a scary prospect. Knowing your rights and getting good advice can really help if you’re dealing with bailiffs (often known as enforcement agents). This practical article gives straightforward tips.

7. Default notices – what are they and what do they mean?

38,623 reads

If you’ve fallen behind on payments to a debt then a default letter might drop through your letterbox. Many lenders have to send these letters before they can take any further action on a debt. This article describes what information a default notice must contain and talks through how it could affect you if you receive a default.

6. “Your debts written off!”: Is it too good to be true?

46,175 reads

Ever seen an advert promising “easy” schemes that will lead to your debts being written off? If you have then this article is for you! It talks through the truth behind the promises and reveals the true ways you can deal with debts.

5. How I went from £36k in debt to being back in black

48,838 reads

We publish a lot of stats about debt but sometimes it’s nice to hear a real-life story rather than just looking at numbers. In this article Lisa shares her story about how she managed to get herself out of debt.

4. How to deal with a County Court judgment (CCJ)

78,694 reads

If you receive a CCJ then it’s important that you deal with it as soon as possible. It can feel a bit scary to have court forms to fill out, but this article can guide you through everything you need to know.

3. Statute barred debt: a step-by-step guide

85,755 reads

Ever heard the story about how you can ignore your debt for six years and it’ll be written off? Well it’s not quite that simple, but this article gives you the facts about how the Statute of Limitations applies to various different types of debts.

2. You’re in debt but what can your creditors actually do?

97,134 reads

If you’re in debt it can be easy to fear the worst and think that your creditors might do all sorts of terrible things. This article clearly lays out the things that they can and can’t do. It’s usually not as bad as you think.

1. 20 weird and wonderful ways to make money

241,870 reads

Our most popular article of 2016 had more than double the number of views of its nearest rival. Finding unusual ways to make some extra cash is clearly a subject a lot of people are interested in!

The ideas are sometimes useful and sometimes a little bit strange, but it’s an entertaining read and might just give you the inspiration to go out and make some extra money!

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James Winterbottom has been a debt advisor for six years. Away from work he is an amateur app developer and writes fiction. James is a lifelong supporter of Huddersfield Town football club, which suggests he is either very loyal or very daft. He also likes to talk about himself in the third person in bio pages.

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