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Everything My Boyfriend And I Bought In Our First Month Of Living Together

Everything My Boyfriend And I Bought In Our First Month Of Living Togetherfeatured

It’s been two months now since Jake and I got the key to our new flat and moved in together. Neither of us have lived with a partner before, so this was an exciting (and eye-opening) life milestone for the both of us. When we told our families and friends about our successful flat hunt, we were Read more

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I’m In A Great Position To Start Investing. So What’s Stopping Me?

I’m In A Great Position To Start Investing. So What’s Stopping Me?featured

In recent months I’ve been reading numerous articles and listening to countless podcasts created by people who have achieved financial independence. If you’re unfamiliar with this term, here’s an explanation in a nutshell: “Financial independence typically means having enough income to pay your living expenses for the rest of your life without having to work full time” Read more

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7 Things I Learned From Having 3 Jobs In 12 Months

7 Things I Learned From Having 3 Jobs In 12 Monthsfeatured

Job hopping has long been considered the ultimate career sin, with many employers and recruiters saying it can have an impact on the way they perceive a potential candidate. Although I would never label myself a ‘job hopper’, I’ve worked at three different companies in the last 12 months. I had good reasons to switch Read more

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You Don’t Need To Own Your House To Make It Your Home

You Don’t Need To Own Your House To Make It Your Homefeatured

When I moved in with my parents almost two years ago to save money to buy my own place, one of my primary motivations was my longing to make a house a home. Having spent years living in grotty student accommodation and a mouldy rented flat with a giant hole in the bathroom ceiling, I assumed I’d never Read more

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15 People Discuss How Much Money You Should Save For An Emergency

15 People Discuss How Much Money You Should Save For An Emergencyfeatured

According to a 2014 survey, a quarter of Brits have no money set aside for a rainy day and 60% have less than £1,000 saved. Considering how expensive it is just to live (and by this I mean put a roof over your head, eat beans on toast, and pay your Netflix subscription because it’s cheaper than leaving Read more

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17 Money Bloggers Explain What Inspires Them To Save

17 Money Bloggers Explain What Inspires Them To Savefeatured

Earlier this week I asked a bunch of money bloggers one question: “Why do you save money?” From saving for a big holiday to squirrelling money away for an early retirement, there are so many reasons why someone might choose to save money. So when my fellow personal finance bloggers started to respond,  it was interesting to see just how diverse Read more

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8 Ways Brexit Could Affect Students

8 Ways Brexit Could Affect Studentsfeatured

Last week we watched months of campaigning, lengthy debates, and political posturing come to a grisly end, when the UK voted to leave the EU. Whichever way you voted, it’s hard to deny that we probably face months or even years of economic and political uncertainty. The referendum kicked off a Labour leadership coup and the resignation of Read more

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5 Ways Job Hopping Can Boost Your Career

5 Ways Job Hopping Can Boost Your Careerfeatured

Job hopping has long been considered the ultimate career sin, with countless employers and recruiters citing it as one of the primary reasons candidates get turned down for a job. However, while it may have once been the norm for workers to stay with the same employer for the majority of their career, such loyalty Read more

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My Boyfriend’s A Scot & I’m A Spaniard: I Fear The Impact Brexit Could Have On Our Future

My Boyfriend’s A Scot & I’m A Spaniard: I Fear The Impact Brexit Could Have On Our Futurefeatured

Today I’m featuring a guest post from my good friend, Mireia Nicolàs. Mireia and I have been friends since we met at Salford University in 2008. Originally from Valencia, Mireia came to the UK to study, all thanks to the Erasmus Programme, an EU funded student exchange initiative founded in 1987. Following the results of Read more

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Young People, Brexit and Wise Proverbs: “Where The Hell Are Our Trees?”

Young People, Brexit and Wise Proverbs: “Where The Hell Are Our Trees?”featured

Many patriotic Brexiteers believe that leaving the EU will benefit future generations. They believe in short term pain for long term gain. “We’re not doing this for us,” they say. “We’re doing this for future generations.” There’s a wise proverb that says: ‘A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they shall never sit in’ Read more

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How to save £12,000 in a year (while renting)

How to save £12,000 in a year (while renting)featured

As regular readers of Can’t Swing a Cat will probably know, in October 2015 I managed to reach my goal of saving £10,000 in the space of a year. It was a great achievement and one that I’m incredibly proud of but there was a catch… I’ve been living with my parents. Although I’ve been Read more

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How To Save Money On Spotify Premium Now It’s No Longer 99p

How To Save Money On Spotify Premium Now It’s No Longer 99pfeatured

Every so often, Spotify launches a fantastic deal offering 3 months Spotify Premium for 99p. If you’re a music lover, this may sound too good to be true. After all, since Spotify Premium usually costs £9.99 a month, this gives you a huge saving of £28.98! Unfortunately, after relaunching the offer for new customers in May, Read more

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The Best Gluten Free Restaurants in Manchester

The Best Gluten Free Restaurants in Manchesterfeatured

The hardest parts about following a gluten free diet? Feeling left out during social situations! Whether you’re going for a meal for a relative’s birthday or your friends are filling their faces with takeaway pizzas after a night out, if you don’t choose a restaurant, cafe or takeaway carefully, you can sometimes be left eating a salad or nothing Read more

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Improve Your Finances During Your Lunch Break With This 10 Minute Task

Improve Your Finances During Your Lunch Break With This 10 Minute Taskfeatured

As you’ll probably know by now, I’m a liiiiittle bit money obsessed. I love finding ways to make extra cash and watching my money grow. As a result, I probably check my bank balance far too often in the hope my finances will have magically improved since the last time I looked. Well, I was in for Read more

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Ask Yourself These Questions Before Paying Off Your Partner’s Debt

Ask Yourself These Questions Before Paying Off Your Partner’s Debtfeatured

It’s not unusual for unmarried couples to find themselves in drastically different circumstances financially. In the early stages, where you’re just dating and seeing how things go, this is rarely an issue. But when you move in together or start talking houses or marriage or babies, suddenly your polar opposite finances may become a concern, particularly if you have Read more

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How Collecting Bank Accounts Is Helping Me Maximise My Savings

How Collecting Bank Accounts Is Helping Me Maximise My Savingsfeatured

Beanie Babies, Pokémon cards and The Simpsons memorabilia – I’ve had my fair share of collections over the years. Now that I’m 26, I’m pleased to announce I’m no longer hoarding Pogs or gel pens and instead, I’m collecting something really sensible – bank accounts. Seriously. What has happened to me? I used to think the world of banking was terrifying Read more

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The One Thing You Must Invest In During Your Twenties

The One Thing You Must Invest In During Your Twentiesfeatured

From renovating run down properties to investing in the stock market, there are so many ways to grow your wealth over time. However, if you’re looking for a rewarding long term investment minus the risks, why not invest in yourself? Self improvement is something you can do at any stage in your life but by making a conscious Read more

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8 Things I Learnt By Tracking Everything I Bought In A Month

8 Things I Learnt By Tracking Everything I Bought In A Monthfeatured

In April I set myself the challenge of writing down everything I spent my money on. You can read all about my Everything I Buy April challenge here.  It was hard work but it really helped me determine how reckless I was being with my spending. As my mum would probably say, so much of my Read more

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The Realisation I Don’t Actually Have To Get Married Has Made Me Feel £20,000 Richer

The Realisation I Don’t Actually Have To Get Married Has Made Me Feel £20,000 Richerfeatured

Ever since I was a child I always assumed I’d get married one day. I never put too much thought into it, I just always assumed I’d get a good job, buy a big house, get married, have kids, and live the perfect life. Thankfully, Jake and I are in agreement that we’d like to spend Read more

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How To Get Your Financial Shit Together In Your Twenties

How To Get Your Financial Shit Together In Your Twentiesfeatured

With our Instagram feeds urging us to ‘live life to the full’ and the tattoos on our friends’ wrists demanding we ‘carpe diem’, we’re constantly being told to focus on the present moment rather than worry about the future. But could this YOLO attitude to money be damaging in the long run? As important as Read more

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Santander Drops Its Help to Buy ISA Interest Rate To 2%

Santander Drops Its Help to Buy ISA Interest Rate To 2%featured

Santander has slashed the interest rate on its Help to Buy ISA from 4% down to 2% for new customers. The change comes just weeks after Halifax reduced its interest rates in a similar fashion. Santander 123 and Santander Select customers are able to access a slightly higher interest rate of 2.5% when they open a Help Read more

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Halifax Cuts Interest Rate On Help to Buy ISA from 4% to 2.5%

Halifax Cuts Interest Rate On Help to Buy ISA from 4% to 2.5%featured

Halifax has slashed the interest rate of its Help to Buy ISA from 4% to just 2.5% for new customers. Existing customers who already have a Help to Buy ISA with Halifax will be unaffected by the change and will continue to earn the higher interest rate. If you’ve not already got a Help to Buy ISA but you’ve Read more

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May Money Horoscope: Is Your Financial Future Written In The Stars?

May Money Horoscope: Is Your Financial Future Written In The Stars?featured

Whether you want to be a millionaire, save for a house or climb out of debt, could it be that your financial future is written in the stars? Well, you’re about to find out because Mystic Jen is here to read your horoscope. Are you destined for great things this month? Capricorn Be careful not Read more

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Joint Bank Accounts & Shared Finances: 19 People Share What Works For Them

Joint Bank Accounts & Shared Finances: 19 People Share What Works For Themfeatured

Jake and I are hoping to move in together in the next few months and when we’re not drooling over overpriced rental properties on Zoopla or trying to decide between a furnished or unfurnished flat, we’re discussing our finances. It’s not uncommon for couples to open joint bank accounts when they move in together in Read more

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6 Inspiring Money Lessons Women Can Take From Beyoncé’s Lemonade

6 Inspiring Money Lessons Women Can Take From Beyoncé’s Lemonadefeatured

Whether she’s singing “depend on no one else to give you what you want” or pointing out how ridiculous it is that women are taught to “shrink themselves and make themselves smaller”, Beyoncé’s been telling us to be independent women with strong finances since way back in the 90s. And with the release of her new visual album, Lemonade, comes Read more

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Onedox App: Save Time and Money on Your Household Bills

Onedox App: Save Time and Money on Your Household Billsfeatured

One of the most effective ways of saving money month-on-month involves monitoring utility, phone and broadband providers to ensure you’re not paying more for the necessities than necessary. There’s just one problem – comparing prices can be ridiculously time consuming and switching when you find a better deal can seem like a daunting task. Thankfully, Read more

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Need Another Direct Debit For Your Bank Account? This Could Be Your Cheapest Option

Need Another Direct Debit For Your Bank Account? This Could Be Your Cheapest Optionfeatured

It’s becoming increasingly common for sensible savers to open multiple bank accounts so they can make the most of savings interest. In fact, some people go as far as having the following accounts at any one time: Santander 123 Club Lloyds Halifax Reward Bank of Scotland TSB Classic Plus Nationwide Flexdirect However, with many banks Read more

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Is Santander 123 Really The Best Place To Put Your Savings?

Is Santander 123 Really The Best Place To Put Your Savings?featured

Santander 123 has long been a favourite amongst savers looking for a versatile current account with a generous interest rate. With the account paying 3% interest on balances between £3,000 and £20,000, it’s easy to see why it’s so popular. However, in January this year the bank announced that new and existing account holders would need to pay a Read more

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If You’re Not Saving In One Of These Accounts You’re Missing Out On Free Money

If You’re Not Saving In One Of These Accounts You’re Missing Out On Free Moneyfeatured

You take your lunch to work every day, you’ve given up nights out, and you avoid your local shopping centre like the plague. Gone are the days where you’d honour pay day with a new outfit and a mad night in the club. Instead, you celebrate by transferring a wad of cash from your current Read more

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5 Money Resolutions For The New Financial Year

5 Money Resolutions For The New Financial Yearfeatured

Happy New Tax Year, friends! I hope you have a wonderful year filled with wealth and happiness. Make this year better than the last by turning over a new leaf and setting yourself some personal finance goals for the next 12 months. I’ve included 5 suggestions below to inspire you to get started. If times Read more

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