A guide to family finances


A guide to family finances

When you’ve got a family to look after, it can be difficult to keep track of all your outgoings – especially when big life events take place. In this guide, we hope to help you through some of the biggest changes that are likely to happen in your life, while giving some advice on how to finance them too. 

Changes in the family

A complete survival guide to getting married

Your wedding day can be the best day of your life, but the build-up can often be stressful and expensive, as you have to pay for things in advance. To help you have the smoothest ride towards tying the knot, we’ve created this complete survival guide to getting married.

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Planning on having a baby? Should you be extending?

If you’re thinking about having a baby, or if one’s already on the way, you might be considering extending. In this blog post we explore the different options available to you.

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What do you do with that spare room once your kids have moved out?

After the tears – or squeals of joy, if you’re that way inclined – have been shed and you’ve waved farewell to your dearest, you might start thinking about what to do with your child’s old bedroom(s). We offer some suggestions.

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Financing home improvements

If you don’t have enough savings to pay for your home improvements, this blog is for you. We’ll outline the difference finance options available and if they’re suitable for you.

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Making the most out of your money

Debt consolidation: is it for you?

If you find yourself juggling debts to a variety of lenders every month, a debt consolidation loan might be a way to help you get back in control. Find out whether it’s the right option for you in this blog post.

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9 secrets to juggling your household finances

Family life often comes with a whole host of outgoings that can be quite difficult to keep on top of. If you do find budgeting difficult at times, you might want to check out our nine helpful secrets here.

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Managing finances when you move in with a partner

When you move in with a partner, you’ll probably have to start discussing your finances for the first time. You may decide to pool together and get a joint account, or you might prefer to be independent and keep separate current accounts to cover different outgoings. Reading this blog post could help you decide which is best for you. .

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5 things to check when remortgaging

Whether you’re looking to free up some cash or simply find a better deal, remortgaging might be the best way to improve your financial situation, especially if you’re in an uncompetitive mortgage deal. Here we discuss five things you should check first.

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Help to Buy ISA: How first-time buyers can benefit*

If you’re hoping to take your first step on to the property ladder, the government’s Help to Buy ISA could help you save up. You can find out more about the scheme here.

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*It was reported in August 2016 that the government bonus on Help to Buy ISAs cannot be included in the initial deposit on a home, but is paid once the sale has completed. Find out more here.

Looking after your family

Five reasons to settle near your home town

Looking for an excuse to move into a property near your home town? Well we can understand why, as many of us often feel nostalgic of where we’re from and long to be near family. Here we dish out five reasons as to why you might want to settle near your home town.

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Home security checklist for 2015

Keeping your home secure and safe from potential intruders is really important, as the aftermath of a home invasion can often be devastating. To try to prevent the worst happening, check out our home security checklist for 2015.

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A little inspiration

Gardening projects for kids

To help your kids get out there and enjoy the great outdoors, you could plan some gardening projects for them. Growing your own vegetables is a fun and rewarding way to introduce your children to gardening, and you don’t need a huge outdoor space to do this.

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20 top tips for de-cluttering your home

If you’re guilty of a little excessive clutter – and let’s face it, most of us are – you might find yourself wanting to clear some of it, but never being able to find the time. Well, it doesn’t have to be such an impossible task… Why not have a look at our 20 top tips to help you reclaim your home from the clutter!

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