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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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Your 2017 10 step financial detox

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Now that we’re in a fresh New Year, it’s all about clean slates, resolutions and working towards being our healthiest in all aspects of life, including money. There’s no better time to give yourself a financial detox!

Let’s make this year the one where you conquer your money woes once and for all. We’ve put together a list of ten financial detox tips to keep you on track…

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How to start an emergency fund

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So you’ve made the usual New Year’s resolutions. You’ve resolved to go on a diet, take more exercise, take up a new hobby and stop drinking.

There’s a lot of pressure that comes along with keeping a resolution. One minor slip-up, and it can feel like it’s all come crashing down and there’s no point in persevering with it. There is, however, one resolution that you should make and keep this year: start an emergency fund.

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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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11 ways to save money on your mobile

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Making savings on your existing phone contract can help you save money and stop nasty bill shocks. Thankfully these days there are so many options available, but where do you start?

Whether you’re coming to the end of your contract, locked into a deal or looking to switch providers, we’ve got 11 top tips to save money on your mobile bill.

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How to be a thrifty and fabulous wedding guest

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Weddings can mean stress, high expectations, and – if you’re not careful – spiraling expense. No, we’re not talking about the bride and groom; we’re talking about you, the wedding guest!

After hunting down the perfect outfit and arranging travel to some far flung location for the ceremony, you then have to worry about accommodation. Presents for the happy couple don’t exactly come cheap, and don’t even get me started on the hen or stag do!

As with all great attack strategies, we need to look at the wedding day from all angles so your wallet doesn’t leave you feeling jilted at the altar…

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20 foods you might be chucking out too soon

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I love my food. Love it. If my bathroom scales were blessed with the power of speech (as well as the power of lies…), they’d tell you the same. What I don’t love is food gone bad before its time. It makes me feel cheated, sad, and still hungry, which is obviously not the point!

When you’re cutting back on day to day costs, preventing food from spoiling too quickly is easier said than done. How do you know you’re storing it correctly? What’s better; room temperature or the arctic depths of the freezer? So many pitfalls!

Not to worry, help is at hand. Check out these easy-peasy ways you could prolong the lives of your perishables. If done properly, just a few small changes can add days, weeks, even months of longevity to your food.

(Always be sure to adhere to food safety guidelines when storing your food. Read this guide on how to store leftovers safely on the NHS website for more details)

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