About Rachel

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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Quit smoking, save the pennies for No Smoking Day 2017

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It's time to quit

How can something so small create so much pain?

You may have been debating quitting smoking for some time now. You’re probably well aware of what a drain on your budget cigarettes can be, but it’s easier said than done to give them up for good.

Believe me, we know how you feel; we have three ex-smokers on the team and one other who regularly steps out into the cold to light up.

Look at the budgeting you can do: cancelling a mag subscription? Easy. Buying more own-name brands than the more expensive food labels? A doddle. But, those cigs keep coming back, almost as if they’re taunting you. We don’t give a fig about your budget, they squeal, so we’re not going anywhere…!

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Unable to get a refund on your card? Get a chargeback!

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When you order items, there are many security measures in place to protect you against fraudsters, dishonest merchants and items not sold as described. This is good to know, as so many of us shop online nowadays. According to Internet Retailing, shoppers spent more than £130bn online in 2016, which is around £18bn more than in 2015.

Every now and then something can go wrong. A company might find they’ve overestimated how much of an item they have in stock. They may also find themselves unable to issue refunds.

A retail company has recently been in the news for offering goods such as Playstation VR headsets and Hatchimal toys before Christmas. Sadly, they were ultimately unable to honour thousands of purchases, which left a lot of people in a pre-Christmas panic (read more about it on MoneySavingExpert.com).

If you find yourself dealing with a purchase gone awry, it can be very frustrating. This is especially the case if you’re buying a Christmas or birthday present. Luckily, you DO have rights and there may be a way to get your money refunded: ask your bank to do a chargeback!

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Your 2017 10 step financial detox

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Now that we’re in a fresh New Year, it’s all about clean slates, resolutions and working towards being our healthiest in all aspects of life, including money. There’s no better time to give yourself a financial detox!

Let’s make this year the one where you conquer your money woes once and for all. We’ve put together a list of ten financial detox tips to keep you on track…

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How to make extra cash – money wisdom from the web

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Everybody likes earning extra cash, and if you can earn it around your normal daily routine, all the better. The tricky part is figuring out how to find the time. Also, what if you need the cash quickly?

Luckily, there are lots of handy articles on the web that can help you get started. We rounded up some of our favourites so you don’t have to…

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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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10 money-saving resolutions you need to make for 2017

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Whether it’s a commitment to work out more, smile more or help out more around the house, New Year’s resolutions come in all shapes and sizes. The chance to start over again can feel so refreshing, but sticking to our resolutions is another thing altogether!

One of the most common themes for new year’s resolutions is to save more money. Without a solid strategy in place however, you may struggle to keep up your good intentions on willpower alone.

We’ve put together a list of tips and tricks to keep your money-saving resolutions on the right track. Before we get started, let’s get all Game of Thrones-y and take a solemn vow to keep us focused on this epic money-saving quest:

This year, in order to be the master of money-saving I was destined to be, I hereby swear to…

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The MoneyAware retro treats and desserts challenge!

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Whether it’s cake at Nan’s or custard-topped desserts in the school canteen, pretty much everyone has a favourite treat that makes them all nostalgic.

It’s normal to get a hankering for something sweet every now and then. So, with this in mind, the MoneyAware team wanted to find out what retro treats and desserts were easy and cheap to make. There’s bound to be something below that takes your fancy!

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