Email newsletters are a great way to keep up-to-date on a topic, so why not utilise that to help improve your finances?
If there is one thing the internet is good for, it’s helping you to spend money. Whether bombarding you with sales, all the information you need to upgrade your car or tantalising details of adventures and experiences, the world wide web can tempt you into behaviour which will cause a hefty drain on your finances.
It doesn’t have to be that way, as the internet is also awash with money-saving gems. Email newsletters are a prime example, a regular resource that can help you get consistent advice and input on managing your money and improving your financial scope.
We’ve found seven of the best offerings out there, delivering a large variety of subjects such as financial product reviews, clear analysis of what legislation means for you and a glut of money-saving deals.
MSE’s Money Tips
The brainchild of seasoned financial journalist and campaigner Martin Lewis, MoneySavingExpert.com is arguably the most well known financial resource in the country - and can count over 12-million subscribers in their ranks for their weekly email.
Every seven days they deliver a number of top tips about how you can save cash. It covers a hefty range of subject matter, including offers on specific products, details about new legislation and rounds ups of the best financial services available.
The tone of voice is very direct and matter of fact, and whilst they do make money from affiliate links, they’re extremely transparent about it (and it doesn’t impact their advice). It’s also very good for making sure you don’t miss important finance dates like the PPI claims cut-off and Help to Buy deadline. Head here to subscribe.
Best for: Frank financial advice.
Money To The Masses
Started by former financial services worker Damien Fahy, the premise of moneytothemasses.com is to offer boardroom-level financial advice to everyone. This idea is reflected in the newsletter, which rounds up all their best news alongside their weekly podcast (which was also featured in our 7 podcasts to make you better with money).
As such, you can expect an analysis of current affairs and what it means for your pocket, with everything from the impact of election results to stock exchange fluctuations explained. They also deliver you a Money MOT - which gives you regular advice via email to improve your own personal financial situation. Sign up here.
Best for: Insight into how big money issues relate to you.
Moneywise has been running for close to 30 years and is a great resource for providing upfront and topical news on financial issues for ordinary people.
As well as a weekly newsletter every Saturday they also run additional ones, which includes a twice-weekly focus on cutting your costs (Tuesday and Fridays), and another weekly focused on growing your money (Wednesday). Sign up here.
Best for: Getting advice focused on your own money goals.
It focuses on researching and investigating the value of financial products from the perspective of a paying customer. These will include loans and mortgages, credit cards, current accounts and pensions, with impartial and independent insight paramount at all times. Sign up here.
Best for: Independent analysis of financial products like credit cards and loans.
Although this is an American site, The Balance is well worth visiting for the breadth of advice and tips it offers which, for the most part, translates to this side of the Atlantic. Like the others, their newsletter will cherry-pick the best pieces but it’s delivered Monday-Friday, giving you your financial fill five times a week.
As well as boasting a really clean, simple and easy to use site, the content ranges from practical advice on savings and investments, up to more detailed analysis of social or economic trends (check out this short study into views on money from ‘affluent millennials’ as an example).
It’s worth remembering that there will be certain recommendations that are completely different stateside (this article on tax, for example, is of no use if you live in the UK). So always keep this in mind with any advice you see within the newsletter.
Best for: General advice on improving your financial situation and analysis of current economic trends.
Be Clever With Your Cash
Be Clever With Your Cash is quite a small newsletter compared to the others with just over 10k subscribers. But as it’s written by just one writer in the first person, it offers a more personal approach across budgeting and deal hunting.
That lone voice is Andy Webb, the money expert on the Channel 5 Series Shop Smart Save Money. In particular, it’s good for information on specific deals including whether high profile ones are worth it (this recent analysis of Tesco Clubcard plus is an example). And if you sign up to the newsletter now, you can get a £17 cashback bonus with Quidco.
Best for: A weekly round-up of the best deals out there