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Recent graduates have recommended these sources as being helpful for sorting money matters, such as budgeting, opening bank accounts, saving and borrowing.
 
 

Your Bank

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Book an appointment with an adviser.

Banks recognise this is new territory for many graduates – don’t be afraid to ask questions and do query anything you don’t understand.

But be aware of banks’ sales culture.  Don’t feel pressurised into making any instant decisions.  Do your own research, compare views and products, take time to think things over.
 
 

Free Independent Money Advice

 
The Money Advice Service (aka ‘What Does MA Think?‘) is a free service, set up by the government.
Whilst they can’t give specific product recommendations, they do offer unbiased advice on financial matters – including some guides tailored to graduates e.g.

Managing Student Debts

Repaying your Student Loan

Graduate Bank Accounts

Money Tips
Managing your money, whether you are starting your career, doing postgraduate education or travelling

The Money Advice Service provides a good starting point to help you make informed choices:

  • Online information, tools and planners, videos and printed guides
  • Money Health Check – Money Advice Service
    A free online tool to start sorting out your finances: Fill in your personal circumstances and it identifies
    which areas to tackle to improve your financial situation, with tailor made plans and tips

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Other Online Sources

 
Money Saving Expert

Founded by journalist and presenter Martin Lewis (OBE)

  • Includes money-saving guides, tips, tools and techniques
  • A good comparison website: best buys on financial products, utilities, travel and motoring etc. as well as a deals and vouchers section
  • There’s also a popular MSE forum for discussing consumer issues, sharing ideas etc.

 
GOV.UK

Comprehensive information and guidance from Government departments and services, including money and tax, benefits, pensions,  business and self-employed.

 
Which? Money

Free online advice on key money matters, plus reviews of financial products and services.
A personal advice service is available on many issues (usually for a fee).

 
The Guardian – Money

The latest news and views on all sorts of money matters.

 
Virgin Money – 3 Minute Films

Entertaining bite size films explaining a variety of subjects e.g. savings, investments, credit cards and pensions.

 
 

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