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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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8 ways to save money on your mortgage

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What options are there to help you save money on your mortgage, reduce your monthly costs and pay less in the long-term?

If you’re on a debt solution, such as a debt management plan (DMP), then finding ways to reduce a ‘priority bill’ like this will have a big impact on the rest of your budget. If you’re not, and you just want to reduce your monthly outgoings, it’ll still mean the chance of having ‘more money in your pocket’.

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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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We test apps that can save you money in 2017

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Mobile phones can be expensive but you can also use them to save money. We’ve found four apps that can help you save money in different ways. From tracking your spending to sourcing out cheap restaurant food, we’ve got apps that can help you save a few quid.

We each picked a money-saving app, downloaded it and put it through its paces. Our reviews tell you the good and the bad about each, and how we got on with them. Continue reading »

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