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10 ways to make £1,000 this March


Broke in Bristol founder Jackie Annett
Broke in Bristol founder Jackie Annett shares 10 tips on how to save £1,000

Does your bank account need a boost? I know mine would certainly benefit from one after what has been a tough year for my finances! Check out my top 10 ways to make more money without breaking the law...


Switch bank accounts

It's so easy, yet people are still scared of doing it because they fear change. HSBC is offering £125 to switch at the moment and they do all the hard work for you so it really is a no brainer. First Direct are offering £100 and both banks are well known for their excellent customer service.


Sell unwanted stuff

I do this every year before Christmas and it covers Little Miss Diva's Christmas money. Last Christmas I sold a French chic bed frame and some brand new boots for £100 which paid for Little Miss Diva's Christmas present.


Do a direct debit detox

Even though I'm frugal, I always save money when I do this! Do you need that TV subscription or book membership? Only keep them if you're getting your money's worth.


Switch suppliers

If you are one of the two thirds of the population who don't switch your deal every time it comes to an end, then the odds are you're paying too much. Shop around for electricity, gas, broadband and mobile phone deals or send a message to hi@brokeinbristol.co.uk for a free quote from Utility Warehouse. I'm a local partner and this option works out cheaper for the majority of people and the great thing is they reward loyalty – so no massive price hikes once your deal ends.


Look into remortgaging

Now I'm obviously quite savvy, but every time I remortgage I save at least £600 a year. Some people I know save thousands and the good news is that it's free to find out. Local mortgage advisor Rich King recently helped a Bristol family save a whopping £4,500 a year! He's offering free advice, just mention Broke in Bristol – & beyond when you email him at rich.king@mab.org.uk.


Earn an extra income

If you don't have a plan B, make 2021 the year you put one in place. As well as freelance writing, I run a Utility Warehouse business which has been a Godsend to my finances this year. Because it's been a massive life changer for me, I'd love to pay it forward and help others, so get in touch to find out how you could start earning an extra income from home.


Get paid what you're worth

Jobs are not easy to come by at the moment but that doesn't mean that you should just stick with something for the sake of it. Check out the latest jobs at local Bristol recruitment agency Your People Partners if you think you could do better.


Speak to an IFA

Maybe there's a pension pot somewhere you've forgotten about? Or perhaps you're not making your money work as best as it could. I recommend Independent Financial Advisor Chris Symonds to all my clients, send him an email at chris.symonds@sjpp.co.uk for a chat that won't cost you a penny and don't forget to mention Broke in Bristol.


Get free stuff!

Are you making use of all the free things on offer? You might qualify for the free Green Homes Grant worth up to £10k. Follow Broke in Bristol (& beyond) for a freebie every Friday and make sure you're claiming all the benefits you're entitled to if you've recently lost work.


Stick to a budget

I used to think budgets were for bores, but after drawing one up and sticking to it helped me pay off £16k worth of debt, I wouldn't be without one now. It helps you plan for the future and see where your money is going. If you've got any left over after making cuts, why not invest as savings rates aren't great at the moment? I'm not an expert when it comes to investing so I would always speak to an IFA.


Do you have any other ways to boost funds that you can share with the community? Please share them on the Facebook page. More from Broke in Bristol – & beyond:


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