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Susie Italiano

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Personal Finance, Saving Money

5 Money Saving Strategies for 2023 (Save Money Fast)

The best money saving strategies to save money fast and build financial resilience

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The beginning of the year is the ideal time to reflect on what your money saving strategies are and how to achieve your savings goals. As we face an ongoing recession and cost of living crisis, we should all think about how to save money fast, and save enough money to protect us from economic hardships.

Here are 5 money saving strategies for you to consider to get yourself through this year and build a financially resilient lifestyle.

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Personal Finance, Saving Money

Self Assessment for the Self-Employed: How to Submit Your Tax Return

Everything you need to know about preparing for your Self Assessment

If you start earning money as a freelancer, there is a specific process to follow to tell the government what your income was, and pay taxes on it.

This post will summarise everything you need to know about your Self Assessment as a self-employed freelancer, and I will share my best advice on how to make the tax return submission as stress-free as possible.

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Personal Finance, Saving Money

7 Effective Ways To Stop Impulse Buying Now

Tips to avoid impulse buying: how to stop shopping addiction

Have you ever bought something that you don’t need, without it being a planned purchase? That right there is called impulse buying. In this post we’ll go over what impulse buying means, the causes of impulse buying, and how to stop impulse buying behaviour.

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Personal Finance, Saving Money

Wedding Ideas on a Budget: How to Get Married With £2,000

Frugal wedding planning: tips to plan home weddings on a budget

On the 9th of March 2015, my husband and I got married with less than £2,000 and it was a wonderful day. Having a frugal wedding didn’t take away from the beauty and fulfillment that celebration brought us. I can absolutely guarantee that you don’t need to spend tens of thousands of pounds for a one-day party. Read on to learn some budget wedding ideas you can take inspiration from.

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Personal Finance, Saving Money

How To Improve Your Credit Score in the UK

How to increase your credit score immediately: tips to boost your credit score

This post is for everyone who wants to improve their credit score in the UK, or has moved to the UK and is looking for easy ways to improve their credit score fast.

As an immigrant in the UK, I get that it can be hard to know how to build your credit from scratch. Stick with me, my friend, I’ll lay it out for you with the friendliest language I can muster. You’ll see that it’s not as daunting as it may seem.

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Job market

How To Write A Cover Letter For Any Job

Writing the perfect motivation letter: cover letter examples and best tips

You might have asked yourself: is a cover letter necessary for a job application? Short answer: cover letters are very important and you should know how to write a killer cover letter that will land you an interview. In my 15 years in the job market, I have written hundreds of cover letters, and have been on both sides of the recruitment process. I have compiled all of my knowledge in this post, and I hope it will be helpful to those who are having a hard time applying for jobs and need guidance on how to get shortlisted for an interview. You can also download a cover letter example (one that I actually used to get a job!) if you join my newsletter.


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Earning Money, Investing, Personal Finance, Saving Money

The Meaning of Financial Independence Retire Early (FIRE)

If like me, you have embarked on a personal quest to educate yourself on how to be financially aware, then you can’t avoid coming across the FIRE movement, aka Financial Independence Retire Early. Wtf does the FIRE acronym stand for, you ask? Well, let me tell you.

As you may know from a previous post, my husband and I radically changed our spending habits since deciding to buy a motorhome. A motorhome will allow us to gain geographic freedom, live more sustainably, and at a slower pace than what a big city like London allows. Having a savings goal has led me down a rabbit hole of personal finance content, and for months I have been reading articles, watching videos, and reading books about how to live a financially sustainable life, without having to sell your soul to a high-paying yet spirit-killing, time-stealing job.

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Personal Finance, Saving Money

15 Sustainable Products That Will Help You Save Money

Products to buy that will save money and save the planet

This post is all about products that can help you save money. With an initial one-off purchase, you will save money by just using these instead of their single-use and more expensive counterparts.

I swear by all of these: I have purchased and used all of the products in this list, and as a nice bonus, they also happen to be kind to the environment in the way that they prevent waste and the use of non-recyclable materials.

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Book reviews

The Simple Path To Wealth: A Summary

The Simple Path To Wealth by JL Collins: book review and summary.

Shortly after my husband and I switched to diehard frugal mode and started accumulating savings to buy our first motorhome, I went down a rabbit hole of personal finance content. Every day on my way to and back from work I was either reading a blog post, or watiching a youtube video, or devouring a book to learn more about how to optimise my income, my time, and my savings.

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Personal Finance, Saving Money

How to track expenditure: a mindful spending approach.


As you might have read from my previous article, my husband and I started aggressively saving for a motorhome, and we have successfully stashed £10,000 since September 2021, on average salaries. Pretty cool huh! Did we increase our income? No, not really. Did we learn how to spend less? You betcha.

A key factor to achieve this milestone was gaining a deep awareness of how we were spending our money every single day. If you have ever arrived a few days short of payday asking youself: where the heck did my money go?! then you might want to continue reading, as this article will help you a lot.

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