The financial world is a pretty bleak place for the under-25s today. With it becoming increasingly difficult to make it onto the housing ladder, student debts increasing and jobs harder to come by it’s no surprise that many young people are struggling. Here are ten ways you can save money:
- Start building a credit history. There are some straightforward ways to build a good credit history without taking out a loan. A mobile phone contract, credit card and insurance package will all contribute to building your rating thereby hopefully making it easier to obtain a mortgage in the future. Money Saving Expert have a great article about ways to build you credit history.
- Don’t stick with what you know when it comes to bank accounts. If you are looking for your first student account it is worth shopping around rather than sticking with the bank your parents perhaps use. Many banks offer significant incentives to open one of their accounts so have a look at which suits you best.
- Know your council tax rights; if you are in an all-student home you do not need to pay council tax but if you live with one non-student there will be a charge. Make sure you do your research and don’t get caught out.
- Make use of websites like Gumtree and Freecycle to stock up on household essentials. Many charity shops don’t accept electrical items so there are bargains to be found on websites where people are having a clear out of old items such as kettles, toasters and TVs. Similarly eBay items for collection only can be great value.
- Shop smart; whether it’s picking up food on its best before date or cooking for more than one, there are many ways to make your food budget go further. If you have access to a freezer you can keep just about anything from bread and meat to cheese and soup.
- If you live in student accommodation you might not need home insurance if you are covered on your parents’ policy. Ask them to double-check the small print as this could save you a significant amount of money.
- Don’t keep what you don’t need. If you are moving out of home or leaving university it’s the perfect time to have a proper clear out. Whether you sell on eBay, at a Car Boot sale or to second-hand shops you can make money from your unwanted clutter.
- Invest in a 16-25 railcard. For £30 a year you can save 1/3 on off-peak rail travel so if you travel for work, to visit friends or any other reason it’s well worth the investment.
- Make the most out of free software; whether it’s anti-virus, video playback, office or picture editing there is a huge amount of open-source software out there you can take advantage of.
- If you are a student make the most of student offers and discounts. These are available in more places than you would imagine and, if in doubt, ask – you never know what you might save.
If you are trying to help your children with their finances but have a poor credit rating you might struggle to find a suitable small loan. We’ll help you compare loans thanks to our online lenders who specialise in providing finance to people who may not be eligible for mainstream lending.