Funding is the biggest barrier people face when starting a business
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What Difficulties Will You Have Starting A Business?

It would appear we are a country of budding entrepreneurs, with more than 300,000 of us starting a business just last year alone. icount Money recently conducted a survey asking what barriers you could face when starting a business of you own. 1-in-5 (21%) British business hopefuls face difficulty when starting up their own business, with 26% of those surveyed saying…

what can you do to safeguard yourself this spring against overindulgence an frivolous spending?
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Don’t Let Spring And The Sunshine Screw Your Finances

Spring is here, HURRAH! Although, you wouldn’t know it just yet in sunny Manchester where we are still battling bouts of sleet, snow and icy winds. But, with spring comes the temptations that warmer weather brings as we all start to pack away our onesies and come out of hibernation. This is the time of year I like to refer…

Book Crossing is the act of giving a book a unique identity so, as the book passes from reader to reader, it can be tracked and thus connecting its readers.
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Book Crossing: Time To Stop Being Shelf-ish

I have long been accused of being a hoarder by PK, something I have always vehemently denied. Yet, every time we have come to move properties over the last eleven years (there has been a lot of moves), I am presented with the question, “are you finally going to get rid of these books now?” I generally agree they are…

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Living With OCD: It’s Not All About Cleaning

Living with OCD is a daily challenge and can take many forms. I’ve been having a terrible time over the last couple of weeks as the company I work for is moving offices. This may seem like a fairly minor thing for some, but for others living with OCD (Obsessive-compulsive disorder) and anxiety it can feel like the whole world…

This week my 5 Thrifty Things has been more about cutting down costs than freebies!
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5 Thrifty Things I’ve Done This Week #2: Coffee, Yellow Ticket Ninja Skills & Firing PK

This week my 5 Thrifty Things has been more about cutting down costs than freebies! Welcome to the second edition of my 5 Thrifty Things, this week I have been looking at ways to cut down everyday costs after last week’s spectacular freebie haul. It has been a week of horrifying revelations and generally trying to live off buttons all…

46% of people say holiday allowance is more important than pension contributions towards retirement when job seeking. The world has officially gone mad!
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Job Hunters Don’t Care About Their Retirement

This post has the ability to divide opinion and cause much debate, however I’ll risk the wrath, as when I saw Aviva’s press release suggesting that UK job hunters place holiday allowance and flexible working hours higher on their agenda than pension contributions for their retirement, it was a double palm face moment. For the record, I don’t have any children, or…

Identity fraud has reached record levels, so it has never been more important to protect yourself properly online
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Identity Fraud Reaches Record Levels: Why You Should Be Protecting Yourself Better

Regular readers of Thinking Thrifty will know I was the victim of identity fraud back in December 2016. Some crafty trickster had infiltrated my PayPal account, made the best part of 60 transactions and just for good measure, changed my account into a business name. Not only that, they had also gained access to my eBay account and made a…

Overnight steak and ale in the Pressure King Pro for a nice easy meal!
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Overnight Steak And Ale Using The Pressure King Pro

If you’re looking for something you can just throw in a pressure cooker / slow cooker, overnight steak and ale is perfect. It’s lovely comfort food and is as easy as it gets when it comes to cooking. I used some diced steak I found reduced from £3.70 to just £1 at my local Sainsburys, which helps to make this recipe…

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5 Thrifty Things I’ve Done This Week #1: Furniture, Nightlife & Side Hustles

It has been a good week for thrifty things in the Taylor household – a very good week! So this is my first ever 5 Thrifty Things post and with spring approaching I have been clearing out a load of rubbish and sorting out our spare room. It seems there are a few people / companies I know who have…

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