Safe savings alternatives

Reading Time: 6 mins Are you fed up of all the same old problems with banks? Dismal interest rates, needless charges, poor customer service… the list goes on. You’ll be happy to now then, that you don’t have to put up with it: There are actually some very viable alternatives. Here are our top five favourite savings alternatives.

Questions and answers – money tips and benefits if you’re ill

Reading Time: 8 mins You can get a number of benefits if you’re ill and there are other quick financial fixes you can do to bring in more cash as you get better. I’ve been answering financial questions for a website that gives support to women who have been diagnosed with ovarian cancer. The ladies have asked some good … read more

Critical illness cover: Is it critical?

Reading Time: 4 mins We don’t like to think about becoming seriously ill, but it’s important to consider financial protection against the worst happening. Critical illness cover is one option, designed to ease the financial burden with a tax-free lump sum which you can spend however you like. However, with sneaky exclusions and an array of policies to choose … read more

Save money now: Stop buying these items!

Reading Time: 5 mins Welcome to the Frugal Column, where I aim to inspire you to live your best life without breaking the bank. You can follow my blog Shoestring Cottage and don’t forget to subscribe to my Youtube channel. This month I am looking at ways to save money now. Many of our expenses are fixed. We have … read more

Top Ten Summer Jobs 2022 Edition

Reading Time: 13 mins The sun is blazing and the summer holidays are just around the corner. For many people the summer brings with it the need to pick up summer jobs. Whether it’s to gather some much-needed holiday pennies, to fill a gap between other work or just to do something different during this most sunny of seasons. … read more

Smart spending: how not to make false economies on holiday

Reading Time: 6 mins Holidays are a prolific area for false economies, from travel insurance (lack of) to currency exchange to mobile phone costs…we all do it and then kick ourselves afterwards! It is important you take care with smart spending on holiday, to ensure you aren’t overpaying or being ripped-off! So take a deep breath, step back and … read more

Top 12 Holiday Scams and rip-offs

Reading Time: 8 mins A holiday should be about relaxing and forgetting about the stresses of everyday life. But, there are people out there who want to rip you off and take your hard earned money. That’s why it is so important to be aware of potential holiday scams. Nothing spoils that chilled-out mood more than when you’re ripped … read more

Make money renting out your holiday home

Reading Time: 5 mins Inherited a property you don’t know what to do with? Second home that sits gathering dust? Time to make money by renting out your holiday home! Why would you rent out your holiday home? Is your home suitable for holiday letting? How much money can you make? Expert advice   Why would you rent out … read more

The Top Ten Start-Up Businesses – and How to Start Them

Reading Time: 5 mins There are roughly 80 new start-up businesses started in the UK every hour, according to research by Iwoca. 1 in 10 employees in the UK want to start their own business in 2022, with almost half of UK employees wanting to own a business one day.   This reveals that the independent UK workforce is raring … read more

Top 15 Ways to Get a free holiday

Reading Time: 6 mins Yes! You read that right – A free holiday! You know the feeling, particularly in these pandemic times: you see someone on Instagram having a wonderful island retreat or city break and you think, “I need a holiday!” We can’t all afford a holiday, and for some it’s been years since they escaped the confines … read more

Save money by sharing

Reading Time: 10 mins Can you really save money by sharing? Sharing is a fundamental social tool we learn from a young age. We are taught to share our toys, play nicely and help others. For many, this ethos carries over into our adult life. Here at MoneyMagpie, we believe sharing is something we should all do, especially in … read more

Make and save money with a caravan

Reading Time: 7 mins Caravan holidays offer a huge range of benefits. If you’ve ever used a caravan or mobile home, you will be aware of the enjoyment they can bring. They’re undoubtedly more comfortable than a tent or shared hostel and far less restrictive than a hotel room or rented holiday home. Plus, campervan/caravan holidays are all the rage … read more

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