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9 cheap, easy and homemade hair rescue remedies

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Give your hair some loving!

Give your hair some loving!

With all these hectic festive goings on to contend with, you’d be forgiven for letting your hair fall prey to the elements. Winter is far from a follicle’s best friend, and can leave our locks looking dry and tired. With all the get-togethers we’ll be attending, this simply won’t do! 

But here’s the rub…all those fancy hair treatments we see in the shops can seem a bit of a frivolous purchase when you’re trying to stick to a budget.

It’s all very well for our hairdressers to insist we abstain from the cheap stuff with all its chemicals, but when things are tight, lustrous locks are the least of our problems.

I’ve been doing some internet detective work, and it turns out there are some fantastically thrifty home remedies to keep your tresses in check. I even have some of my own tricks of the trade to share too…

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Sweet dreams: 5 ways you can sleep better

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You may have read about our Need to Sleep campaign, which highlights the fact that 7.4 million people across the UK have trouble sleeping at night because of money worries. As well as affecting your sleep, it can impact on your relationships, your job, and your health, including your mental health.

34% of people who can’t sleep because of money worries say it makes them feel lonely, and 39% say it makes them feel helpless.

We asked Joanna Carson from the Mental Health Foundation to give us an insight into how sleep problems can affect mental health, and what you can do to get a better night’s sleep. Over to you, Joanna!

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How does lack of sleep affect mental health?

When I talk to people about the ways they can look after their mental health, sleep is by far the most popular topic.  While most of us don’t get enough sleep, we still see it as one of the important factors to a happier life.

Sleep isn’t just “time out” from our daily routines; a good night’s sleep helps our bodies and minds to rest, repair and re-energise.

Sleep is something everyone needs and it’s essential for both our physical and mental health – so why aren’t we sleeping better?

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8 frugal but delicious soup recipes

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Cheap and tasty winter warmers

As it’s getting colder and the nights are drawing in, one of the perks is snuggling up in your PJs with a hot bowl of soup. It’s even better when you’re watching a trashy show on telly at the same time, but enough about my Saturday nights.  

As well as being good for you, soups are cheap and incredibly easy to make. You can actually get some pretty decent flavours from not that many ingredients.

All you need to get started is some stock cubes and some salt and pepper. A hand blender can come in handy too, which you can pick up quite cheaply in big supermarkets. Mine cost me just under £5 and does the job just as well as some of the more expensive models!

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5 sleep hacks – get a better night’s sleep

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Follow our purrrfect sleep tips

Not sleeping isn’t much fun. You spend all day feeling weary and longing for that moment when your head hits the pillow and then suddenly – POW! – you’re wide awake and your mind is running over all those pointless thoughts you could have been having hours earlier.

As part of our Need to Sleep campaign, we’ve been thinking about ways to cope with sleep problems.

There’s lots of advice available on the internet to help you get to sleep but much of it is either common sense or based on questionable research. After trawling through dozens of articles full of sleep tips (which might be a way to help induce sleep in itself!) I’ve put together a list of five of the most practical steps you can take to improve your sleep.

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Our top 10 favourite sleep-saving articles

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Make sure you get the rest you need

Make sure you get the rest you need

Ah, sleep. Is there anything more sublime? The importance of sleep goes way beyond keeping under-eye circles at bay. It also plays a key part in a healthy lifestyle, and can benefit your heart, weight, mind, and more.

It’s a shame, then, that 7.4 million of us are having trouble sleeping due to money worries. Reading Paul’s Need to Sleep story and hearing various tales from our clients made me want to shake things up with this month’s top ten.

Instead of money-saving, let’s see what sleep-gems are out there on t’Internet!

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My 4 favourite cheap homemade beauty products

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Pamper yourself with these thrifty beauty tips

When you’re on a budget it can be difficult to justify a bit of pampering. Over time however, I’ve found that many kitchen cupboard fillers can be used to make brilliant beauty products for a fraction of the price.

Here are some of my favourite ideas which can be adapted to suit you or whatever you happen to have lying around in your cupboard.

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Feeling anxious about debt?

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Don't suffer with debt anxiety alone

Don’t suffer with debt anxiety alone

Are you dealing with anxiety over money or debts right now? Please know that we can help. Visit our debt and mental health page for advice, client stories and resources to help you stay in control. 

No matter what we do in our day-to-day lives,  most of us have to deal with feeling a little anxious once in a while. Arguments at home, work deadlines, traffic jams and money worries – these are all issues that can cause that niggling feeling in the pit of your stomach.

However if you’ve got money worries then that anxious feeling can become a fact of life. Fortunately, no one needs to deal with debt anxiety alone. 

This year’s Mental Health Awareness Week (12-18 May) is part of a wider effort by our friends at the Mental Health Foundation (MHF) to let people know how to manage anxiety when it gets out of hand.

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