This is a guest post.
We could all do with a little help managing our finances from time to time, and one of the best free resources out there is the internet itself. If you’re reading this blog, you probably already know some of the top places to look, but here’s a few more in case you missed them:
Free money-managing apps. Free apps for your iPhone, like Balance, not only help you keep track of how much you’re spending and where, but make you more conscious of when you’re spending. By making yourself enter all your purchases, you’ll get a feel for just how often you’re tapping into your bank account – and you’ll soon begin to identify areas where you can make savings.
Free debt advice. Organizations like the National Foundation for Credit Counseling provide free and expert advice on a wide range of issues, from financial education to housing, bankruptcy assistance and improving your credit score. Unlike for-profit organizations, the advice they provide is unbiased and designed to get your finances back on track as soon as possible. Many debt charities also provide a free helpline for one-to-one advice.
Free property valuations. Property valuations may seem like a long and expensive process, but in fact there are several sites that can help you if you want to sell your house fast. This is a great alternative to the traditional property market if you need to access the cash tied up in your property quickly, or if you have a sudden change in circumstances that means you have to relocate to another state.
Free budgeting sites. Web-based financial management tools have become much more sophisticated in recent years, and can even link directly to your bank account to provide real-time information on how your incomings and outgoings are doing. Yodley MoneyCenter is free and provides visual representations of where your money is going, as well as allowing you to transfer funds and pay bills.
Free price comparisons. This doesn’t just mean shopping around to find the best deal for your electricity and utilities providers, although you should definitely do that! There are price comparison sites for the gas you put in your car, your weekly groceries and many other things your spend money on every day. By always shopping around to get the best deal available, the savings will quickly add up.
This is a guest post by Sam Rodgers.