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How do credit builder cards work?

Credit builder cards are a good way for those with poor credit scores to boost their credit history. It’s easier to get one of these cards if your credit score is less than perfect and if you follow the rules and repay the debt each month, they can be a real help in rebuilding your credit score. Here we list the five things you need to know before applying for one.

The No Spend Challenge. How Long Can You Go?

You may have heard of the No Spend Challenge. It received a lot of publicity when personal finance journalist, Michelle McGagh published her book The No Spend Year: How to Spend Less and Live More. Her goal was to pay off a chunk of her large London mortgage and her experiment meant she was able to pay down £22,000

How to spot an HMRC scam

The start of April marks the beginning of a new tax year. And while this brings with it a host of unwelcome price and tax increases, it’s also a prime time of year for scammers posing as HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC).

How to Set Long-Term Financial Goals

Long-term financial goals can feel daunting, and it is easy to get distracted by day to day living. Saving for large purchases, such as education, a car or even a house, can feel like an impossible mountain to climb, but we have put together some useful tips and ideas to help you set long-term financial goals and stick to them.

What can companies do with your data?

It’s been said that data is the new oil. Not everyone agrees but it’s certainly true that data is a powerful commodity that businesses are willing to pay a lot of money to get hold of. So what is your data? It’s everything from your name, location and spending power, to the number of children you have, what kind of holidays you take and whether you use credit cards.

The One Thing You Should Do To Improve Your Finances.

Pete is never sure why his personal finances are in such a muddle. He tries hard to keep his spending under control and pays the minimum amount on his credit card each month without fail. However, his debts seem to be rising, and he feels as though he is running fast and not getting anywhere.

How to apply for credit for the first time

If you are applying for credit, be it a credit card, mortgage, overdraft or even insurance policy, the lender will check your credit history before making a decision on whether to approve the money or not. You will usually need to have a good credit history, and score, in order to be approved but if you’ve never had credit before, how do you go about applying?

How to haggle a cheaper price on your broadband bill

Loyalty doesn’t pay when it comes to broadband and if you’ve been with the same provider for a while you’re probably overpaying. In fact, you could be paying £220 too much every year, according to consumer group Which? but you don’t have to pay over the odds for your broadband package and haggling is a really easy way to cut your monthly costs.

Where can I find a free help to get out of debt?

If you’re struggling to pay off your debts and having problem meeting your monthly bills there is free, independent help available. The first step to getting out of debt and back on track to being in the black is looking at your finances to find out where you stand. Here we’ve listed the steps to follow to get out of debt.

The bank accounts that pay the highest rates of interest

Bank accounts come in all sorts of different forms. There are some that are particularly good for people that are at risk of overspending, as they have fee-free or interest-free overdrafts, while others reward users with all sorts of additional benefits, like travel insurance, in exchange for a monthly fee.

Contactless payments: how much can you spend and how to avoid fraud

The way that we spend money has changed significantly in recent years, with far more of us now preferring to pay with a debit or credit card rather than cash. In fact, a study by Equifax last year suggested that around 37% of British people reckon the nation will be essentially cashless within a decade.

The price rises and costs that will hit you in April

April marks the start of a new tax year, and with it a host of taxes and monthly bills that we all pay will be going up in price. Here are some of those outgoings and expenses that are about to become more costly.

Should you save money even if you're in debt?

If you have credit card debt, a personal loan or an overdraft then you might wonder whether it’s worth saving any cash. After all, the amount of interest you’ll earn on your savings will almost certainly be less than the amount of interest you’re paying on any debt, even if you have a great credit score and are on a competitive rate.

Add To Basket. Spending Out of Control? Here's how to stop it.

We all need a little retail therapy sometimes. A new shirt, shoes, lipstick or bag can perk us up, rejuvenate our wardrobes and refresh our spirits. But what if our spending is getting out of control? What if we are spending more than we can afford on things we don’t need?