We all want to save more money, but with work and other things taking up our time we can’t always devote hours to extensively researching the various methods available.
This guide list 5 sites that you can visit to help you in many areas of your personal financial life.
MoneySavingExpert.com – MoneySavingExpert.com is the site of Martin Lewis, TV’s self-styled Money Saving Expert – you may have seen him giving advice and opinions on GMTV or BBC Breakfast on issues that affect consumers.
The site has a huge range of money saving tools that anyone can use, from a Christmas Deals Predictor, to a tax code calculator which can help you to get an idea of whether you are paying the right amount of tax.
MSE clearly signposts different areas that users can save money on. Regardless of who you are there is a guide that can give you some handy tips or rules to follow when searching for the right product for you. Additionally, there’s also the forum, which is a hub of information and support for all areas of life.
Investopedia – Investopedia acts a dictionary that explains financial terms in plain English.
If you are looking to buy any sort of financial product, it can be handy to have Investopedia open in another window or tab in your browser so that you can find the meaning of any terms that you don’t understand.
As well as the financial dictionary, they also have sections on personal finance and articles on investing your money.
You should be advised that this site is American in origin, but does contain information on British terms as well.
ThisIsMoney – This website is run by the Daily Mail, and also appears on their site in the money section, as well as being a standalone site.
A quick scroll through the site each day can mean you are kept up to date on finance matters that can have an effect on you. The content of the articles contain valuable information that journalists who specialise in financial matters have given their attention to. It could be anything from saving money around the house in the winter months to the recent statement given by the head of the International Monetary Fund.
Their advice section can be particularly useful, especially if you’ve been having similar issues with utility companies, pension providers or if you want to learn more about your rights.
BBC – Money Box – Presented by Paul Lewis, Money Box looks at all things finance related. This covers more complicated matters such as investing, but also looks at more universal consumer complaints.
Money Box is mainly a BBC Radio 4 show, so if you are tired of reading long-winded articles on finance, you can tune into shows months after broadcast with the brilliant iPlayer Radio service.
This can be an intriguing listen, and means you aren’t stuck in front of a computer screen reading, when you can use the time to finish other activities.
However, if you do not have the time to sit through a broadcast, you can use the transcripts as a shortcut. The transcript of each episode is available to download as a PDF – and to cut down time you can use the ‘find’ (press Ctrl+F in your pdf viewer to bring up the search box) function to read about the things that interest you.
Love Money – Love Money is a hub of financial advice, with blogs, articles, product comparisons and guides all at your fingertips. In their ‘knowledge’ section you can find information on how to complain and get your way, to current money news and even instructional videos about the stock market and other finance-related things.
Their compare section covers everything from savings accounts to travel insurance to gas and electricity suppliers. You could use these comparison guides to save hundreds if you’re able to invest a little time to researching your options.
Love Money also has two apps available through their site; Track and Plans. These can help you to get on top of your finances and to keep to a budget which works well for you. You can keep your financial accounts and paperwork all in one place, so it’s easy for you to find anything whenever you need it.