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Host your own garden party on a budget

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If you can’t get to Spain, why not bring Spain to you! Lucia in our training team gives you her tips to make a Mediterranean feast on a budget…

Phew, we can all breathe a sigh of relief…summer has finally landed. Well, that’s what my calendar tells me, but the weather’s saying differently at the moment!

At this time of year all my friends want to spend the weekend in the pub, and the cost of this can soon add up.

As an alternative, how about asking the girls round for a summer garden party? If you’ve not got a garden you could easily pack up the food and take it to the park, or even have an indoor picnic. With a little bit of creativity you can whip up some tasty food and drinks without breaking your food budget. If everyone helps out and brings a bottle, you can still be the hostess with the mostess!

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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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101 ways to save money

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Just like any adventure, committing to living frugally can come with its pitfalls. When it comes to budgeting and taking care of debts, sometimes it’s not so much about making more money as it is about saving the money you already have.

The tricky part is knowing where to start! What savings can we make right now that could make a lasting difference?

Turns out it might be easier than you think!

Here are 101 hacks to save you pennies in six categories, compiled from various sources around the web including the Money Advice Service. If you’re looking for a way to keep the pounds in your pockets, this is a good place to start!

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20 more weird and wonderful ways to make money

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Just when you thought it was safe to make money like a boring person, we come at you with 20 more creative, compelling and crazy ways to generate some extra dosh. Ain’t we swell?

Our first round-up of weird money-making methods last year proved so popular that it would’ve been criminal not to follow it up with a second list, and here it is! From selling your story to setting up Twitter for your local chippy, there are lots of unusual ways to get an extra bit of cash flowing.

It’s time to shake your money-maker once more…

[July 2016 UPDATE: Once you’re done reading part two, be sure to check out 20 weird and wonderful ways to make money part three!]

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Don’t leave home without these 5 money-saving apps

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Among your games, messaging and social media apps there should always be a dedicated money-saving section to fire up whenever you’re looking for a bargain.

However with so many apps out there, which ones offer you genuinely quick, easy ways to save money?

We set out to do the hard work for you by testing a heap of different apps to see which offered the best value, discounts and ease-of-use.

Here’s our round-up of 5 free apps you shouldn’t leave home without.

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5 MoneySavingExpert.com challenges that could change your spending habits for good

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Could an MSE challenge help you reach your money goals?

Living on a budget isn’t easy at the best of times, and sticking to a strict budget can sometimes feel like a slog.

This is something we hear from clients, which is why we offer as much motivation and support as we can along the way. But sometimes all you really need is to speak to someone in the same boat.

The MoneySavingExpert.com (MSE) forum is one of the biggest online communities of money-saving movers and shakers. As well as hundreds of forum threads discussing everything from freebies to consumer rights, there are loads of money-saving challenges to get involved in.

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How to save money on your water bill with WaterSure

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Could you save money on your water bill?

I remember learning about the water cycle at school and drawing big fluffy clouds and rivers in my exercise book and writing long words next to them that meant very little to me at the time.

To be honest evaporation, condensation and precipitation still mean very little to me, but having clean water running out of my tap means quite a lot. But I must have missed the part of the lesson where they said we had to pay for that last bit.

A lot of people try to cut back on the amount of water they use either because they’re concerned about the environmental impact or want to save money. We’ve written about some of the ways you can save money by using less water before, but if you’re struggling to pay your water bill, what can water companies do to help?

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