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Why Starling Is The Best Debit Card to Use Abroad

November 6, 2019

Money is important!  Obviously.  But it is definitely something you need to think about when travelling abroad.  Particularly if you are not popping home for a while.   I had heard great reviews about Starling and compared them against other similar products in the market.  They turned out to be the best choice as I will review later.   What is Starling? Starling is an app-based bank.  Through it, you can open personal, joint, business and Euro accounts.  You can have one of each if you like.   Founded in 2014 and based in London, they’ve grown in popularity for a variety of reasons and not least because of their sleek app.   How do they work? Given they are app-based, you are going to need a phone.  Although, they do now offer desktop banking for business customers.  You can download the app from Apple’s App Store or Google Play.…

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UK Bloggers Christmas Competition

November 3, 2019

Last updated on March 2nd, 2020 at 01:24 pmIt’s nearly Christmas! Yep! It is next month so I can say it now. Hopefully, you’ve all been busy getting your finances in order so that this year you are not going to be hit too hard. Right?   However, your Christmas is going to play out, we all deserve a little treat over the festive season. In the first of a couple of competitions that you will see on Looking After Your Pennies in the next month or so, I have teamed up with some other UK bloggers.   We wanted to come together to offer our readers and followers some awesome prizes and I think we have done just that.   Take a look below at the bloggers that are involved and the prizes that are on offer. Then you’ll find the Terms and Conditions and how to enter.  …

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6 Tools To Help Smash Your Money Goals

October 30, 2019

Last updated on December 14th, 2019 at 12:02 pmWhen you are working towards a huge money goal, sometimes it can feel overwhelming.  You need to keep track of everything that is going on as well as developing some new habits.   That’s why I am a big fan of using all the tools and tech that’s out there to help me out.  Why not let an app do the job rather than you?   Here is a list of my favourite tools to help you smash your money goals: Budget A budget is an absolute non-negotiable when trying to get ahead with money.  If you don’t have one, it’s like trying to swim through custard.  You might make some progress but you’re not going far.   It does not matter whether you want to complete a budget on paper or prefer to use a spreadsheet.  The important thing is to…

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43+ Money Making Strategies If You Need Money For Christmas

October 23, 2019

Last updated on April 2nd, 2020 at 11:32 amNo money for Christmas?  With Christmas only a couple of short months away now, there is a good chance that you are starting to think that you need money for Christmas.   For most of us, Christmas is a huge expense and there’s only so much that frugal living can do to make the impact less severe.   What we all need is an injection of cash.  This will take the pressure off and stop some of the worryings about the financial burden.   Luckily for you, this is what I do best, so here I am with some ways that you can boost your Christmas savings and make some money ahead of the big day.   Matched Betting One of my absolute favourite side hustles.  This has the potential to make you a lot of money quite quickly AND provide you…

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How To Make Money Switching Bank Accounts

October 16, 2019

Last updated on December 25th, 2019 at 10:03 pmI have made a lot of money from switching my bank accounts in the last year.  It is simple and there are some great offers out there to take advantage of.   What is bank account switching? Bank account switching is where you take advantage of offers from different banks to switch from your current bank to a new one.   Different banks offer incentives to get you to join them and my switching from one account to the other you can take advantage of these deals.   Why switch bank accounts? For the money!  Most banks will offer you money to join up.  Others will offer a gift voucher and other incentives.   Plus, if you are not completely satisfied with your current bank, then perhaps a financial incentive is what you need to leave your current provider.   There is…

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Looking After Your Pennies is an eco-friendly personal finance blog written and managed by Charlotte Jessop.


I write on a variety of topics including frugal lifestyle, eco-friendly living, money making ideas and generally how to make your money go further.

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