News story published on 21 January 2016
Now you have budgeted you need to take a critical look at all your spending. Is there any way you can save money? When was the last time you compared your gas and electricity prices? Visit USwitch to see if you are getting the best deal. Make sure you shop around for insurance rather than just renewing every year. Here are some other ideas for reducing your spending http://www.stepchange.org/Debtinformationandadvice/Budgeting/Reducingspending.aspx
While you were looking at ways to save money there may also be ways to increase your income. The first thing you need to check whether you are receiving all the benefits you are entitled to. You can find information on benefit calculators on the government website here https://www.gov.uk/benefits-calculators
StepChange has some other ideas for maximising your income. Have a look on their website here http://www.stepchange.org/Debtinformationandadvice/Budgeting/Increasingincome.aspx
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