Monthly Archives: June 2017

Cheap food: 7 ways to save on your food budget

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When you’re living on a budget, controlling your food spending is crucial.

However, with food prices increasing at the supermarkets, and some brands even reducing the size of their products (without reducing the price tag!), it can be a challenge making cheap food that tastes good.

As food inflation begins to bite, we’ve seen a steady increase every month on the amount of money that people are spending on food. By giving these easy tips a go, you might find it easier to keep your weekly food shopping on track…

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MoneyAware News: June 2017

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What are the top debt and money stories so far this month? We bring you the news that we think matters to you and your wallet!

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A friend in need…what to do if someone you know is in debt

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Don't let your friend suffer in silence any longer.

Don’t let your friend suffer in silence any longer.

You’ve known for a while now that someone you care about is going through a rough patch with money.

Their face is constantly tight with worry and there’s a stack of bills on their side table. You can’t have a five-minute conversation without their phone ringing, and every time it does they let out a world-weary sigh.

There could be a whole host of reasons why they’re struggling, some you may not even be aware of. Maybe they recently had their hours cut at work, or their partner walked out. Perhaps their household expenses have been creeping up in price over time (you no doubt know yourself how expensive things are these days). You want to help but don’t know how.

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Automated apps to make saving simple

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This guest post comes from Sara from Debt Camel. Her site offers free, practical help on debt, budgeting, and information about debt solutions, and we think it’s ace. Sara’s been a volunteer advisor at Citizens Advice since 2001 and is also a member of the Institute of Money Advisers. 

If you’re paying off debt, it’s important to try and put a bit of money aside, so it’s easier to cope with unexpected problems and emergencies. There are a host of savings apps out on the market now, but do these work?

This article looks at Chip and Plum, two apps that take the hard work out of saving. They work by automatically moving small amounts from your bank account into a savings account several times a month.

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Don’t fall out with family and friends over money

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If you’re on a debt solution with us, get in touch with us before borrowing money off a loved one. It might be possible to reduce your payments to your debts temporarily to cover any emergency expenses.

No one wants to fall out with someone they care about over money.

Back in September 2016, our research showed how debt can damage relationships. Sometimes the person lending the money is struggling too.

 

This added pressure could result in the person lending the money blaming the borrower for their difficulties, which can damage relationships.

With this in mind, let’s look at the alternatives to borrowing money from your loved ones.

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