Category Archives: Wellbeing

Maintaining your friendships when you’re in debt

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When you’re trying to cut back on your spending, it’s almost inevitable that your social life might take a bit of a knock. You may be embarrassed about confiding in your friends about money worries, or even feel bad about turning down their invites to events.

We don’t want to see your friendships or relationships suffer while you’re dealing with debt, as having that support is really important to your wellbeing. The good news is it’s possible to keep your friendships strong, even if times are a little tougher than usual.

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Free training courses you can take to level-up your life

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In this age of the web it’s never been easier to be in a constant state of learning. There are lots of online courses you can take in a vast variety of fields. Some come with a qualification, some don’t, but there’s bound to be a course out there that suits your needs.

If courses aren’t your thing, there are still lots of ways you learn new stuff without going through traditional types of study. We love free ways to learn something new!

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Get fit for free – the MoneyAware challenge!

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This month our challenge has been to get fit for free. Well, to find ways to get fit for free and give them a good go. God loves a trier, as they say. 

We all know that exercise is good for us. But gym subscriptions can be expensive, and then there’s all the fancy lycra-wear that isn’t strictly necessary but makes you feel the part. And it can be hard to find the time to exercise and, if you’re anything like me, when you do have time exercise is the last thing you feel like doing!

If you do decide you want to get a bit fitter though, at least it needn’t cost you a fortune. Actually, it doesn’t need to cost you anything.

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7 ways to cut your medicine costs

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Good health is something we all value – you can’t really put a price on it. Well, that’s what people say, but it’s not entirely true.

In 2014, illness was listed as the fourth biggest reason our clients gave for getting into debt. There can be lots of financial consequences of falling ill, like having to take time off work, make alternative travel or childcare arrangements, or shell out money on prescriptions.

Whether you have a long-term or short-term illness, getting sick can have a huge impact on your finances, especially if you’re already living to a strict budget.

The good news is that there are ways to help lower the costs associated with illness, and in some cases even get rid of them completely. Why cough up more than you need to?!

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Free exercise apps – get fit for summer

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Regular exercise is important for our health, we know that. I don’t know about you, but the gym’s really not my thing and it can be quite pricey too. Luckily, there are lots of ways to keep fit without paying a penny thanks to a host of free fitness apps.

Here are some of the best free fitness apps around at the moment. Whether you’re a beginner who wants to start exercising or a workout pro, hopefully you’ll find an app to suit you.

Disclaimer: check with your GP before you take on a lot of physical exercise. MoneyAware cannot guarantee the success or safety implications of the apps mentioned below.

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Are you being mindful with your money?

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For this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week, we’re re-launching Debt in Mind, our page dedicated to the link between debt and mental health, as well as information on how to deal with both. This year, our friends at Mental Health Foundation (MHF) will be talking about mindfulness and the various benefits it can have on a person’s life. Visit the re-launched Debt in Mind section from mid-May.

You may have heard about mindfulness. Perhaps you think it means sitting cross-legged on the floor and meditating. Maybe you think it means to simply concentrate on your breathing.

You may have even heard that it means to focus on your bodily sensations. Mindfulness is all of those things, and so much more.

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Skint Dad’s homemade sniffle sorter-outers!

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As a busy dad of three, our pal Ricky Willis A.K.A. Skint Dad knows all about the woes of winter illnesses, and has some cheeky tips to help keep them on ice – over to you, Ricky! 

Hot water bottle and winter woolies

Put these winter warmers to the test!

As winter approaches and the weather turns from a gentle breeze to a bitter blast, the Skint household is full of cold.

Whether it’s just bad luck or we genuinely all have weak immune systems, for the last couple of weeks one or more of us have been suffering from constant sneezing, a runny nose and a total feeling of being run down.

We don’t usually take much in the way of medicines (unless it’s absolutely necessary) and much prefer to try homemade remedies instead, which sooth the throat, warm the tummy and start to relieve congestion.

So, without further ado, here are a bunch of beautifully easy cough and cold remedies we use to get us through the winter months.

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