About Becca Drury

Rebecca Drury is the latest addition to the MoneyAware team joining in November 2016, with a background in ecommerce and social media management. She enjoys live music, travel (especially trying local delicacies) and loves reading vintage sci-fi novels. She's an excellent dancer and loves researching money-saving tips.

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Can you talk about debt with your partner?

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Did you know that money worries are one of the biggest causes of stress in a relationship? One plus One has released a series of videos that look at real couples’ stories about being in debt, how it affects relationships and how they got back on track.

One plus One is a charity dedicated to helping people build stronger relationships. They’ve recently been exploring the different reasons couples might get in debt, as well as the stresses that they experienced including working longer hours, spending less, and not being able to socialise.

  • During their research they discovered that:
  • 55% of couples include money worries in top three relationship strains
  • Getting just three months behind on your bills can have a negative impact on your family life
  • Debt is the number one problem area for newly married couples

Have you experienced relationship problems as a result of money worries? Do any of these situations feel familiar to you?

Losing a job – ‘The breadwinner’

Having a baby – ‘The pay cut’

Borrowing too much – ‘The rollercoaster’

Having more fun than you can afford – ‘The tycoon’

What can we learn from the stories?

  • Don’t hide money problems from your partner – it can be damaging to your relationship
  • Learn some budgeting skills together. Read our guide to making a budget
  • Try to share the responsibility of budgeting, working together to manage your money
  • Take time to talk about money worries and try to avoid blaming one another
  • Consider getting debt advice if your debts are making it difficult to pay your bills

You can read more about One plus One’s research and the #talkmoneysecrets campaign over on their website.

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April’s debt and money news

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Spring’s inFCA credit card review full bloom and we’ve got a big bunch of money and debt news for you.

We look at the latest proposals from the Financial Conduct Authority to help people with persistent credit card debt.

We also examine the latest figures on unpaid child maintenance, news on the Wonga data breach, a pensions warning to parents, and a welcome rise in the national living wage…

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Our latest research: You’re not alone in debt

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StepChange Stats yearbook 2016As well as providing debt advice, we regularly produce research into personal debt trends in the UK.

The Statistics Yearbook, released twice a year, is one of the most important pieces of research our policy team produce, and the 2016 edition is released today.
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Beauty essentials on a budget

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It’s easily done; you go to the chemist because your mascara has run out and you end up being seduced by the latest wonder cream or new lipstick. Before you know it you’ve gone way over your budget and you’re filled with buyer’s remorse. 

If you’ve done this more times than you care to admit, we’re here to help.

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10 things your Nan can teach you about budgeting

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As much as I loved my Nan when I was growing up I always thought she was a bit of a skinflint.

I have vivid memories from my teenage years of being embarrassed when she’d take me into charity shops, and annoyed when she’d nag me to switch off lights. I’d roll my eyes and sigh; 14-year-old me just didn’t care about saving money.

Twenty years later and I understand why she was always being thrifty: she believed in saving on the little things in life so that she could build a nest egg. Sadly my Nan is no longer with us, but I think some of the budgeting tips she taught me are timeless.

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How to budget on a fluctuating income

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Whether you’re working flexible hours because it suits your lifestyle or you’ve been unable to find a full time contract, living off a fluctuating income can be a challenge.

Not knowing what your take home pay will be each week or month can make budgeting difficult, and sometimes this uncertainty can push you into debt. Here we talk about how you can budget even when you’ve got a fluctuating income.

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How can I make money from market research?

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Are you living on a budget and looking to maximise your income? Finding easy ways to make a little extra cash can come in handy when your finances are stretched.

But how do you make money from market research? What exactly is it anyway?
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