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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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7 spending habits that could be costing you thousands

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spending habitsEveryone likes a little treat every now and again, but when you add them all up it can cost you an awful lot of money. Even something as small as a coffee a day could cost you hundreds of pounds over a year.

Little habits can add up to big costs. That’s why we wanted to highlight some of the bad habits that will leave you wondering where all your money has gone.
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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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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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