About Rachel

Rachel Connor has been with the charity for over 8 years, starting in Helpline before joining the MoneyAware team in 2012. Rach enjoys travelling, video games, watching anime, reading and creative writing in her spare time (currently writing a Young Adult fantasy series). She had a previous life as head writer on Cartoon Network's Ed Edd n Eddy and as a copywriter for LivingSocial. She's also written comics and graphic novels for the animated series Regular Show.

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How to keep your household bills on track

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As the largest consumer body in the UK, Which? exists to arm you with the information you need when considering where to spend your money. They’ve developed ’emindme’, a handy email reminder tool that helps you keep track of what bills you need to pay and when. Grace Kindred from Which? tells us more…

Managing bills can be complicated and time-consuming. If you forget to pay your bills and don’t deal with the situation correctly, arrears can build up and become difficult to deal with. However, there are steps you can take to help you be more organised when it comes to your finances.

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Been cold-called by a High Court Enforcement Officer? It could be a scam!

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We’ve all heard of scams from the news or current affairs programmes, and some of us have either been victims of scams or know someone who’s fallen afoul of them. It seems  there’s always someone out there trying to take advantage of us.

We recently received reports from clients who’ve been contacted by a company claiming to be High Court enforcement Officers (HCEOs) collecting a debt. If these kinds of calls aren’t alarming enough, we have reason to believe that they may be the actions of scammers.

The last thing we want to see is you being taken advantage of. While we can’t stop scammers or their dirty work, we can make you aware of some of the danger signs to look out for…

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20 weird and wonderful ways to make money – part three!

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It’s not just about car boot sales and selling stuff on eBay. There are so many easy and fun ways to make more money. Part one and part two of our ‘weird ways’ series continue to be wildly popular, so we thought it was high time to break out part three!

From testing dog food to queuing up for cash, let’s take a look at some more miraculous methods of maximising your moolah…

(The following ideas for making extra money may not be suitable for all readers and have been covered for entertainment as well as information purposes).

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June’s money and debt news

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Unexpected bills, payday loan complaints and debates over credit card limit increases were all hot topics in money and debt related news this month. 

In brighter news, for those hoping to get on the property ladder, chartered surveyors predict that house prices may fall over the next three months – the first fall in six years. And the final design for the new £5 note has also been revealed, and tests show that these new notes can withstand the washing machine much better than their predecessors!

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How to prepare for your DMP review

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So your debt management plan (DMP) has been ticking over nicely. Hopefully your creditors have stopped or reduced contact with you and you’re budgeting like a pro.

But we know that this isn’t always the case; kids grow older, bills go up, and your situation can change and adapt.

Reviewing your situation every year, and when things change, can ensure that your DMP is working as it should.

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Money saving wisdom from the web – clothes and shoes

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Clothes are a funny thing. We need to have them (otherwise things would get very awkward very fast) but they can be a drain on our finances. What’s more, things such as tumble dryers and harsh chemicals in soap powder can mean that clothes can fall to bits pretty quickly!

Finding good clothes for cheap is key for any successful budget. Not only do the following articles tell you how to be a thrifty fashionista when it comes to clothes shopping, we also found some tips for minimal-faff repairs and preserving the kid’s threads, too. Not too shabby, eh?

This is by no means an exhaustive list. If we find more fab articles down the line. We’ll update this post with any new stuff we think is useful, so make sure you check back!

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1m people are missing out on tax credits – are you?

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It’s estimated that one million people in the UK are missing out on an average of £50 a week by not claiming the tax credits they’re entitled to. This is by no means small change. This is especially true if they’re struggling with debt problems.

Due to recent government changes, once Universal Credit gets rolled out to your local Jobcentre Plus, you’ll no longer be able to start claiming tax credits.

As of April 2016, the amount that you can claim in Universal Credit is less than the equivalent claim in tax credits. Therefore, it’s important for you to start claiming tax credits before your Jobcentre Plus moves to Universal Credit.

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