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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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10 money-saving resolutions you need to make for 2017

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Whether it’s a commitment to work out more, smile more or help out more around the house, New Year’s resolutions come in all shapes and sizes. The chance to start over again can feel so refreshing, but sticking to our resolutions is another thing altogether!

One of the most common themes for new year’s resolutions is to save more money. Without a solid strategy in place however, you may struggle to keep up your good intentions on willpower alone.

We’ve put together a list of tips and tricks to keep your money-saving resolutions on the right track. Before we get started, let’s get all Game of Thrones-y and take a solemn vow to keep us focused on this epic money-saving quest:

This year, in order to be the master of money-saving I was destined to be, I hereby swear to…

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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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9 free ways to boost your happiness

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There are times when we feel like we could do with a boost but can be hard to know exactly what to do to make ourselves feel better. It’s even harder to know how to increase your happiness if you don’t have spare cash.

Don’t worry though, there are plenty of ways to feel happy without having to spend a pound. Continue reading »

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How to keep your household bills on track

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As the largest consumer body in the UK, Which? exists to arm you with the information you need when considering where to spend your money. They’ve developed ’emindme’, a handy email reminder tool that helps you keep track of what bills you need to pay and when. Grace Kindred from Which? tells us more…

Managing bills can be complicated and time-consuming. If you forget to pay your bills and don’t deal with the situation correctly, arrears can build up and become difficult to deal with. However, there are steps you can take to help you be more organised when it comes to your finances.

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We’re in this together – The MSE Debt Free Roll of Honour

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Thousands of people put their debt problems behind them for good every month. We see that as a cause for celebration, and so do our good friends at MoneySavingExpert.com.

On their forum there’s a very popular thread known as the Debt Free Roll of Honour. Ever since its launch in 2006 this is where people can share their stories once they’ve paid off their debt. And who knows…someone who desperately needs debt advice may find this forum thread and be inspired to deal with their debts too!

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Tasty meals for under a pound – the MoneyAware cheap meals challenge

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This month we’ve challenged ourselves to cook the tastiest meal for under a pound per portion. The winner is the person that manages to find the right balance between thrifty ingredients and a tasty meal.

Cooking on a budget can be a challenge and it’s easy to fall back on beans on toast or ready meals if you’re skint. Reading this challenge might give you some inspiration for tasty alternatives when you’re next planning a cheap meal.

This is the latest in a range of challenges the MoneyAware team have undertaken. Last month we tried to have as much fun as possible for five pounds, previous challenges have included: cooking with cheap cuts of meat,  road-testing budgeting apps and DIY Christmas presents. Continue reading »

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