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Brits are taking control of their finances

Brits are taking control of their finances

Category: Money

Updated: 06/02/2015
First Published: 06/02/2015

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Are you struggling to get in control of your finances? You're not alone, but happily, it seems that a lot of consumers are taking action, and they're using innovative methods to do so.

The rise of financial services cashback

According to research from Quidco, the number of customers seeking cashback deals in January noticeably spiked, particularly when it came to financial services. The figures show that, in the second week of January, the number of people applying for a personal loan through the cashback site rose by 233% year-on-year, while credit check providers saw a 36% annual uplift in transactions for that week.

During the same period, the increased number of consumers looking for a balance transfer or new credit card deal lead to an uplift of a whopping 410%. This not only shows that consumers are becoming increasingly aware of the possibility of getting cashback on everyday purchases, but also that they're committed to getting in control of their finances, be it through consolidating their debts with a personal loan, seeking a new credit card or keeping tabs on their credit status.

It's particularly encouraging that the surge was witnessed at the start of the year, suggesting that consumers are looking to improve their finances for the year ahead. The fact that consumers get additional cashback on these transactions only adds to the benefits, and means they can put that extra cash to good use.

Andy Oldham, managing director at Quidco, commented: "The tipping point may be a pressing credit card bill or a January pay check that doesn't quite meet immediate cash-flow needs, but it's clear the post-Christmas period is a time when people are taking stock of their finances.

"Whether it's a long-term plan which includes signing up to a credit reference agency, switching to a more profitable current account, finding a better deal on credit cards or a personal loan, customers are claiming cashback where they can to help offset the expense of the Christmas period and the financial hangover that comes with it."

Don't forget the basics!

Whether you use cashback sites or not, the message is clear – now's the time to get in control! It needn't be that difficult to do so, and if you remember the basics, you could soon notice a difference to your bank balance.

  • Get into the savings habit. Saving little and often is key, and if you have a suitable savings account, you could soon build a nice little fund.
  • Shop savvy. Utilising cashback sites isn't the only thing you can do to get more from your everyday spending – what about making the most of vouchers? Check out our dedicated voucher section to see what you can uncover.
  • Benefit from credit. Credit cards needn't be a bind – if used wisely they can be a great way to help manage your finances, particularly if you opt for cashback credit cards or those that offer 0% interest on purchases. Balance transfer cards can also be ideal for those seeking to clear their debt, or you may like to opt for a personal loan to have a clear route out of the red.
  • Revamp your outgoings. The start of the year is always a great time to take stock of things, so go through your monthly outgoings to see if there are any payments that could be amended. Is it time to renew your insurance premiums, your broadband package or your energy tariff? What about your mortgage? Rates are at record low levels, so now would be a great time to compare the options and see if you could keep your repayments in check.

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