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How to start an emergency fund

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So you’ve made the usual New Year’s resolutions. You’ve resolved to go on a diet, take more exercise, take up a new hobby and stop drinking.

There’s a lot of pressure that comes along with keeping a resolution. One minor slip-up, and it can feel like it’s all come crashing down and there’s no point in persevering with it. There is, however, one resolution that you should make and keep this year: start an emergency fund.

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5 services you can use right now to help you deal with debt

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If you need help with your debts, you might be surprised to learn that there are lots of tools and services out there that can make the whole process just a bit easier.

In fact, we have five such services on the StepChange Debt Charity website and through our friends at Money Advice Service! Let’s check ‘em out…

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How to save money on your water bill with WaterSure

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Could you save money on your water bill?

I remember learning about the water cycle at school and drawing big fluffy clouds and rivers in my exercise book and writing long words next to them that meant very little to me at the time.

To be honest evaporation, condensation and precipitation still mean very little to me, but having clean water running out of my tap means quite a lot. But I must have missed the part of the lesson where they said we had to pay for that last bit.

A lot of people try to cut back on the amount of water they use either because they’re concerned about the environmental impact or want to save money. We’ve written about some of the ways you can save money by using less water before, but if you’re struggling to pay your water bill, what can water companies do to help?

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Debt Awareness Week 2015: let’s take control of debt!

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Lets help more people take control of debt than ever

Personal debt is an issue for millions, but in no month is the stress of debt more acutely felt than in January. Many people are feeling broke after the festive season, and may have opted to put off seeking debt advice until now.

It’s estimated that some 2.9 million people urgently need debt advice*. The trouble is that many don’t know where to start.

On Monday we launch our second annual Debt Awareness Week, where we highlight the issue and encourage people to get free debt advice. We want to help more people take control of their debt than ever before.

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How I supported my partner through redundancy

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You can get through this by working together

You can get through this by working together

Redundancy is far from a pleasant thing to deal with. That’s why it’s important that a person going through redundancy gets the support they need from their partner – emotionally as well as financially. How do I know this? Because in 2012, out of the blue, it happened to us.

I remember my husband telling me he’d been made redundant like it was yesterday. He looked so worried, so uncertain of what lay ahead. We hadn’t had any major money worries since we were students, and now it would be up to me to keep us trucking along until he found work again. I had this dull, heavy feeling in the pit of my stomach thinking about how we would cope.

Thankfully my hubby was able to find work within a few months, but not before we learned some very valuable lessons about our finances during his time out of work.

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5 great reasons to get out of debt

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There’s no time like the present to deal with your debts

Over the years we’ve found that people want to get out of debt for a whole host of reasons.

From buying a house to being able to save up for a rainy day, there’s no one-size-fits-all motivation when it comes to debt advice.

Nobody likes problem debt, but sometimes we need a bit more encouragement to get going and make debt freedom a reality. If you’re done with being in debt but need some inspiration, would these help your resolve?

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The #debthour debt clinic – Monday 12th August

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Don’t be shy!

Last week saw us kick-off our first #debthour clinic where we answered your burning debt and money questions live, right here on the blog. If you missed it, fret not!

Every Monday during August* our friendly debt geeks will be on hand to answer your debt questions.

We aim to reply to every question straightaway. No debt question is too outlandish for us, so this is the perfect opportunity to clear up any worries you may have.
Recent questions we’ve answered include…

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