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Totally legal ways to get free movies, TV shows, books and music online

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The internet is brilliant. It makes our lives so much more convenient with things such as online shopping, instant messaging, live news updates and cheeky celebrity gossip – all at our fingertips within seconds.

It connects us with people we may never have met otherwise. It also opens the door to tons of other great things (including free debt advice of course).

With the sheer influx of handheld gadgets at our disposal, our appetite for free entertainment has never been greater. Getting free stuff to watch, read and listen to doesn’t require donning your cyber pirate hat though (naughty naughty!).

You can get lots of electro-goodies completely free – and totally legally. Here’s how…


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How to declutter your finances

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When we think of clutter, it’s usually old and unused objects lying around the house that comes to mind. However, one of the most important areas where you should be decluttering, but which is often overlooked, is your finances. Fabian Broeker from MoneyMagpie.com shares his top tips…

Getting on top of your money can seem a daunting task, but it can make life a lot easier. As part of our Clear Your Clutter campaign, we’ve put together a handy guide to help you free yourself from financial flim-flammery…

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6 easy ways to get totally free stuff

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To tie-in with National Student Money Week, Ruth from Save the Student has written this great guest article about easy ways you can find free stuff. 

With the right strategy, you can save major money this year, and even make a little extra on the side – and it’s all about freebies.

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How to save money on Sky, Virgin and other TV packages

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Paying for TV subscriptions like Sky, Virgin, BT or TalkTalk can be expensive for some, especially when you’ve got bills and debts to repay. But this doesn’t always mean sacrificing your regular movie and TV marathons.

There are plenty of cheaper alternatives and tips to reduce your existing TV packages to help you save money. Here’s a few from our own experience.

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How to dress as a scary zombie for Halloween on a budget

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It’s that time of the year again. Kids are back in school, the days are getting shorter, the leaves are turning brown, and…you know what that means? Spooky, scary costumes!

Halloween fancy dress costumes can be very expensive, but you can have fun making your own grisly, ghoulish costumes – ones that’ll be much better than the ones found in the shops – using things already around the house. Best of all, it’ll cost you very little to get an authentically creepy Halloween look.

You can use the tips below to transform yourself into a range of spooky beings (witches, wizards etc.) and especially for zombie costumes – you’ll freak your friends out.

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Cheap meal deal lunches – the MoneyAware challenge

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Supermarket lunch meal deals might seem like a bargain, but they can still cost you around £15-25 a week for your lunch. That soon adds up! I challenged the team to make their own cheap meal deal lunches for one week, swapping a supermarket meal deal with an absolute steal deal (I’m not even sorry for that terrible pun).

How cheap can we make our homemade meal deals? Will we stick it out? Who’ll resort to rummaging in the office biscuit tin? Here’s how we got on…

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How to save money on school uniforms, meals and travel

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Buying new school uniforms can put significant pressure to your budget. However, with a little bit of planning and shopping around for the best deals, it’s possible to save money on these annual costs. What’s more, depending on your personal circumstances, you may be entitled to extra financial help.

child putting on shoesPlanning ahead is essential to keeping school uniform expenses under control.

If you put off buying your school uniforms until the last minute, this can have quite an impact on your budget. This is especially true if you’re dealing with a debt problem.

When you’re on a debt solution, funds are allocated in your monthly budget for clothing. It’s worth setting aside some money every month towards your school uniform costs.

When the time comes to purchase new school uniforms you should have sufficient funds set aside to cover some or all of the costs.

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