Top 10 articles you should read to take control of your finances

4 min Read Published: 14 Jun 2012

Over the last two years I have written over almost 1,000 posts in my quest to help readers take control of their finances. Whilst I think they are all helpful and well worth a read I thought it would be useful to bring you some of the highlights. So here is my 'Top 10 posts to help you control your finances'.

Start 'big picture' budgeting

I believe that good money management starts with budgeting. This may seem a daunting task but if you read my post - Start 'big picture' budgeting - you will get some helpful advice on this vital subject.

Bank Online

In this post I explain why banking online is one of the key tools to controlling your finances, read this post - Bank online - to get all the reasons why.

Make a will

Making a will ensures your assets pass to your dependents when you die, it can also provide a guarantee regarding childcare in the future. Read my post- Making a will (including why and how) - to get the full facts.

Life Insurance

It is vital that you protect your dependents in the event of your untimely demise, remember if you die your income dies with you. In my post - Complete guide to Life Insurance - and how much you need - I give you all the information you need.

Debt

Your financial future can be seriously jeopardised if you are struggling under the burden of credit card debt. In my post - The 5 simple steps to clear your credit card debt - I explain how to remove this handicap to your future financial well-being.

Energy bills

As you are well aware our energy bills are always on the increase, but in my post - Top 6 ways to reduce your energy bills - I highlight some ways to reduce this major cost.

Taxation

Nobody is happy paying tax but it's a necessary evil, but you need to make sure you are not paying more than you have to. This post - 12 ways to cut your income tax bill - gives you some very useful tips.

Pension planning

All of us will need to plan for our future retirement, and the sooner you start the better. Read my post - 5 minute retireement MOT.

Savings

Whether you have a large amount of savings or just a few pounds it 's important that you get the best rate that you can. In my post - An easy way to always get the best savings rate - I explain an easy way to stay on top of the latest deals.

Motoring

To most of us a car is a vital, either for commuting to work or for our family activities. In this post - Top 10 tips to slash your petrol bills - I give some useful advice on how keep costs down

I hope you found these articles useful and please spend some time on my site searching around all the other interesting articles, I'm sure there will be something that will help you and your finances.

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