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6 changes I made to save money on my supermarket shopping

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During a recent cash flow crisis, I decided to stop making unnecessary purchases. I thought I was being sensible, but the money in my current account was dwindling away at an alarming rate.

I couldn’t understand how I was spending so much, when the only time I spent money was at the supermarket.

All those quick trips to get a “few things for tea” were mounting up.

I had to completely change my approach to food shopping. Along the way I learned some useful lessons the hard way. Here are six things I changed that meant I could stick to a grocery spending budget.

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Jam-jar budgeting: The simple trick to organise your finances

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We’ve talked in the past about ways you can use technology to help you budget, but there’s one particular bit of tech that’s been around for hundreds of years you can use too. The jam jar. Or, more accurately, a few jam jars.

My Grandma used this method to manage her household finances. She didn’t have a lot of money when she was younger, but she used jam-jar budgeting to keep track of her money and she always knew how much she had.

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How to budget your money

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The first step to getting in control of your finances is to create a budget. This will help you understand what your income is, and what you’re spending your money on each month.

Let’s take a look at what budgeting is and go through a step-by-step guide to making a budget.

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How to keep the kids occupied this summer for less

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The summer holidays are here! It can be a tricky task to keep the kids happy for six or eight whole weeks, especially with soaring costs making the task even harder.

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Glen’s story: From £15k in debt to debt free

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Glen Hodgson“When I went away to University at 18 I was hit with countless offers of credit, a number of which I took – including a student overdraft, a few credit cards, hire purchase agreements, and loans. It was too easy.

With no assets to lose, my view at the time was – “I don’t have the spare money to pay it all back without compromising on my own lifestyle” and so I put it to the back of my mind. However, I was about get a rude awakening…

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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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How do I get help with childcare costs?

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Cutting the costs of childcare Sometimes finding affordable childcare can be difficult. No matter what you choose, it’s important that you plan early before you return to work as there are waiting lists for some services.

It’s also a good idea to look into what benefits are available to you so you don’t miss out on any entitlements.

According to government statistics, it will cost you over £200,000 to raise a child in the UK, a large chunk of this cost is for childcare when one, or both parents are working. With this in mind, is there help available and how do parents go about getting it?

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