This month’s top ten money-saving articles

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Pick up a brew and get stuck in!

It’s late October already! How on earth has that happened?

From prepping for Christmas to real life credit card horror stories, and from making money on online surveys to keeping a puppy on a budget, have we got a scream of a top ten for you!

We read lots of great money-saving articles every week, and we want to make sure you get to read them too. Every month it seems tougher to narrow it down to just ten! Let’s see who made the cut…

1. 50 ways to save money (The Diary of a Frugal Family)

While we’re on the subject of saving the pennies, the first thrifty blogpost on our list is this bumper pack of budgeting tips from Cass over at The Diary of a Frugal Family. From planning a budget and sticking to it to checking if you’re paying the right amount of council tax, there’s lots of ways you can super-charge your savings!

Catch up with Cass on Twitter.

2. How to make money doing online surveys (Money to the Masses)

Maybe you’ve debated trying online surveys to raise a bit more cash, but don’t know where to start. Luckily, Money to the Masses has a great guide to help you turn those questionnaires into a nice little earner.

Connect with Damien at Money to the Masses on Twitter

3.  Simple ideas for a rich life (Baby Budgeting)

It’s all too easy to equate having a rich life with having a fat wallet, but this doesn’t have to be the case. October is a month of nostalgia, simple pleasure and home comforts, so get your fill with these brilliant tips from Becky over at Baby Budgeting.

Connect with Becky on Twitter.

4. Christmas prep in September (Penny Golightly)

We don’t want to panic you, but you need to know there are less than 100 days until Christmas, which means it’s only matter of time before Christmas shopping goes into overdrive. Don’t be caught out! Read Penny’s guide to prepping for Christmas ahead of time so the festivities are as stress-free as possible!

Swap thrifty tips with Penny on Twitter.

5. How to save money on food before the shop (Mortgage Free Journey)

I don’t know about you but there are few things we on the MoneyAware team find more disheartening than wasted food. It must stem from a childhood of being told to think of the children in Africa and leave our dinner plates clean (sound familiar?).

If like us you hate wasted food, then you must check out Mortgage Free Journey’s spiffy article on saving money on food before you even go to the supermarket. It’s a three-parter so you won’t be short on foody tips!

Follow the Mortgage free journey on Twitter.

6. Owning a puppy on a budget (A Thrifty Mrs)

As many of you are no doubt aware, the lead up to Christmas is peak season for buying cute puppies and kitties as presents, but did you know that last year there was a 65% rise in abandoned pets due to money and debt problems?

El over at a Thrifty Mrs has put together some helpful tips and advice to manage the costs that arise with a fluffy new addition to the family. (As a side note: how adorable is little Jarvis? There was quite a bit of cooing at seeing his cheeky face!)

Give a wave to El on Twitter.

7.  Twelve simple DIY Halloween decorations (Living a Frugal Life)

If you love making your house as harrowing as possible for Halloween, then you won’t want to miss these 12 simple DIY decoration ideas from Melissa at Living a Frugal Life. We especially love the Jack Skellington web baubles and the pumpkin made out of old paperback books!

Go say ‘boo’ to Melissa over on Twitter!

8. How to entertain out-of-town guests on a budget (When Life Gives You Lemons)

We’ve all been there – a long-lost friend or family member tells us they’re dropping in, inciting a blind panic to tidy the house and get some nibbles together before they descend.

It’s even tougher to do when you’re on a budget, but don’t despair! This list of tips from When Life Gives You Lemons should help.

Keep up with the lemon-fresh shenanigans on Twitter.

9. Ten sneaky ways to save (Money Magpie)

From claiming cash back to setting up a bad habits box, our chirpy chums over at MoneyMagpie made it onto the list again this month with some sneaky tips that will surely help you save a penny or two.

Why am I talking like a Charles Dickens character? Does anyone know?

Get chirpy with Money Magpie on Twitter.

10. Real life credit card horror stories (

It wouldn’t be right to do a top ten list for October without at least one terrifying debt-related blogpost, so we saved the ‘beast’ for last!

Our pals at have picked out seven of the choicest credit card horror stories from the amusing, to the offbeat, to the downright weird.

Follow Hannah at on Twitter.

…and that’s it for this month. Seeya in November, frugal friends! 🙂

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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  • Becky Goddard-Hill

    Thank you for including me!

    • moneyaware

      You’re welcome, Becky 🙂

  • Jen Walshaw

    I have a money saving site too and would love to be featured in the future

    • moneyaware

      Hi Jen
      We checked out your blog, it’s great! Will certainly be keeping a beady eye on it 🙂


  • Penny Golightly

    Thanks so much for the mention, Rachel! I’ll be doing some more Xmas prep articles soon, lots of good deals around for people who want to spread the cost out.

    Penny x

    • moneyaware

      Excellent! Looking forward to reading your festive tips, Penny 😀