Dave Harland's posts

Freelance Copywriter and Journalist with 2 decades’ experience covering financial services, banking and fintech.

How to save money on car maintenance

If you’ve got a car and it needs a repair, it can be extremely frustrating to be told that the cost of fixing it could amount to hundreds of pounds. But there are loads of things you can do to prevent problems arising in the first place, as well as others which can stop costly car maintenance fees from spiralling. Here are five…

What NOT to do if you're new to the UK

Moving to a new country is hard and things can be confusing unless you have help. That’s why we wanted to help you if you’ve recently moved to the UK. The list of do’s and don’ts could go on forever but here are some simple yet important things that you should try to avoid if you’re new to the UK as they could make life even more difficult for you.

How to make money working from home

If you’re one of the growing number of people who want to ditch the 9-5 and start working from home, it’s likely you’ll want to know how to earn money and support yourself without getting out of your pyjamas.

The economics of going vegetarian

Though you might not like the idea of giving up meat, have you ever considered how much money you could save if you cut down or removed it completely? If not, we’ve gathered some facts and figures that may make you think twice.

What is National Insurance?

National Insurance (NI) is something which most people in the UK have to pay if they’re employed, along with income tax. But many people don’t even know what it is. Do you know where this hard-earned money of yours goes every month? If not here’s a simple guide.

Sneaky tricks used by homebuyers

If you’re planning on selling your home or buying a new one, it’s important that you know what tricks are being used in the property market. Some of them are smart tactics which you may want to use yourself, but others need to be addressed with the buyers so you don’t get tricked into lowering the asking price of your home.

How to find 'cash in hand' jobs

If you’re looking for a way to earn money quickly, finding a ‘cash in hand’ job might be the best way of raising funds. But knowing where to find these jobs can be hard if you don’t know where to look. Here’s where to start…

Financial scams you need to be aware of

Statistics have shown that over £190,000 is lost to scammers in the UK every single day, with a third of that money being made by email and social media fraudsters. It’s a huge problem and one which is on the rise in the UK.

Don’t move home without reading this

Did you know that moving home is considered one of the hardest life changes you could ever make? And, unfortunately, there are some people out there who want to make it harder. This is because there’s a lot of money involved in the property market, and if you’re not careful, you could end up in a difficult situation where you end up being stung.

Easy ways to study and make money

If you’re a student and struggling to support yourself with nothing but your maintenance loan, don’t worry - there are ways to generate extra money without sacrificing your study time or social life.

The best freebies around today

There aren’t many better things in life than getting something you want for free. And with the cost of living rising faster than most people’s wages, getting your hands on free goods and services could make a big difference. But knowing where to find the best freebies can be hard.

How to save money on interest

Whether it’s a credit card, loan, mortgage or overdraft, the lower your interest rate, the less you’ll spend on interest. But with a few simple tactics, you could save money every month while paying off your debt.

A guide to the different types of mortgages

When choosing a mortgage, interest rates and fees aren’t the only factors that you need to be aware of. There are two main types of mortgages – fixed rate and variable rate. Fixed rate means the interest you’re charged stays the same for a set number of years. Variable rate means the interest on your mortgage can change.

Car mechanic tricks and how to avoid them

If you need a repair or service carried out on your car, it’s important that you understand that there are a few operators out there who don’t exactly play by the rules. It’s unfortunate, but it does happen, which is why we want to help you avoid the small tricks that some car mechanics use when repairing and servicing cars.