Karen Barrett, Founder and CEO of Unbiased.co.uk shares her money resolution tips for 2022

Founder and CEO of Unbiased, Karen Barrett, comments: “If you’re starting the New Year on a mission to save money, the good news is that it doesn’t mean giving up everything you enjoy doing. First things first, you do need to get an accurate picture of your finances because knowing exactly how much spending money you have each month is crucial to see how much it is feasible for you to save. Here are five top money-saving tips to help you take control of your spending and saving.”

1. Review your direct debits

This is a really quick win because we all have direct debits that renew automatically. Do you need them all? Cancelling unused or unnecessary direct debits or subscriptions can save a surprising amount every month.

2. Do your tax homework

Check if you may be entitled to tax reliefs or benefits that you are not using. There are many obscure tax reliefs available out there, including the marriage allowance, tax-free childcare, rent-a-room relief and many others. You may be able to reduce your annual income tax bill and save yourself a good chunk of change.

3. Consolidate your debts

If you have a few different pools of debt, combining them all may make your life easier and help you pay less in interest. You can either take out a new loan and use it to pay off your existing debts or you can look at 0% transfer credit deals. This means that you won’t be charged any interest on transferred debts for a set period. This can be a great way to start hammering away at any debts you are trying to get rid of.

4. Plan now for rewards later

If you are under 40, you might want to consider opening a Lifetime ISA (if you have one already, you can continue paying into it until the age of 50). This gives you a 25 per cent bonus on savings of up to £4,000 a year. You should be aware however that the bonus is only retained if the Lifetime ISA deposits are drawn to either buy your first home or after the age of 60 (there is a penalty for withdrawals at other times).

5. Get expert independent advice

You'll be surprised at how much you can save each month by following these tips, and spending more carefully. For a full financial health check to see how much more you could save each month, talk to an independent financial adviser. With more than 27,000 trusted and regulated financial advisers, a platform like unbiased.co.uk is a great place to start.

Notes to Editors

More about Karen Barrett: After carving out a career in marketing for the finance sector including at Mortgage Express and Abbey National (now Santander), Karen launched Unbiased.co.uk, an online platform that connects people with trusted, independent financial advice. To date, Unbiased.co.uk has helped over 10million people.

Karen, who lives in Hertfordshire with her husband and three children aged 14, 12 and 7, was recently shortlisted for Scale-Up Entrepreneur of the Year at the Great British Entrepreneur Awards and also named as a Great British Businesswoman of The Year Finalist.

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