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Plan your shopping budget for winter

Sometimes just making small changes to the things we do on a regular basis can help cut down the cost of our weekly food shop.

Small changes to the things we do on a regular basis can help cut down costs

Small changes to the things we do on a regular basis can help cut down costs

With winter on the way, reducing what we have going out can help us make the best of what we have coming in. Especially when January can sometimes be a challenge, if like many people, you were paid earlier than usual in December and have a much longer run until the next payday.

Here are five simple tips for a food shopping budget in winter:

  1. Plan ahead and budget – It could be something as simple as making a shopping list, so as not to overbuy at the supermarket, or it could be comparing prices in shops, across websites and with available discounts before you make a large purchase or sign up to a utility. And keeping up to date with when your credit bills are due can help you avoid the risk of missing payments. Continue reading

Ask James: latest credit questions answered

James Jones

James Jones

Every month Experian’s James Jones answers a selection of your questions about credit and fraud in his ‘ask the experts’ style column here.

Sultana from Ilford wants to register her 17-year-old for a credit report but is unable to – James explains why this is so, and what they can do next.

Bianca from Tunbridge Wells wants to know if her library fine will affect her credit score, while Alan from York has a row of U’s on his credit report and asks Will the status code U on my credit report damage my score?

Anne-Marie from Newcastle-under-Lyme has this question: Can changing bank accounts have an effect on my credit score?, as she wants to apply for car finance later in the year.

See the previous Ask James: questions about claiming benefits and credit rating, changing from PAYG to direct debit, and more.

You can find more Ask James questions answered in our Ask James archive.  If you have a specific question and can’t find an answer here or you wish to contact us to query something on your credit report, please contact us – find all the ways you can contact us here.

How you could avoid Identity Fraud

Scary Monster Halloween Hands Use Laptop Computer with Blank ScrOnce online identity fraudsters have enough of your personal details, they can apply for credit in your name and run up debts without you knowing.

The number of victims of fraud has increased by 63% over the last 5 years, based on cases dealt with by the Experian Victims of Fraud team. In fact, 7% people of UK adults say their personal details have been used to commit fraud.*

What you can do if you suspect identity fraud
A first step is to contact Action Fraud – the UK’s national fraud and internet crime reporting centre, then inform a credit reference agency, such as Experian, as they hold your credit report.

If you are concerned that one or other of your online accounts has been compromised, then it is worth changing your password(s) to a new one as soon as you are able, and try not to use the same passwords for different accounts, especially those with financial information.

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6 last-minute holiday money-saving tips

Did you know that this is the week there are the most online searches for holiday money?

According to Google Trends*, in 2015 there were 100,000 online searches for holiday money in the week ending 4 July, higher than at any other time in the year.

Before you go on holiday this summer, it’s worth remembering that there are many ways you could cut costs before you’ve even touched down.

  • Waiting until you get to the airport to make essential purchases makes you a captive customer – you’ve literally got nowhere else to go, so you’re likely to pay a premium for exchange rate and small items. So get your pounds to euro, pounds to dollar sorted out in advance, get your sun cream & toothpaste from pound shops, and book your airport parking as soon as you know your flight times – and you might save a packet.

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Planning for your long-term financial future

The Queen turns 90 this week – happy birthday ma’am! She may be just a decade short of getting a card from, um, herself (!), but she’s clearly in no hurry to retire just yet. 

Twitter poll - what age do you plan to retire?  

It’s never easy to know how much you’ll need to have set aside for your retirement. So it can be useful to think ahead and start planning for the long-term financial future.

How much might you need?
Everyone’s circumstances are different of course, but some factors can be common. If you’ve paid off your mortgage, that would free up a large part of your outgoings. However, if you are helping to fund your children in their quest for homes/studies/weddings etc, then that can push costs right back up.

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Grow your credit score if you’re moving to or from the UK

By Neil Stone, Experian UK Social Support team

If you have recently moved to the UK, or moved back after a spell abroad, you may be wondering what you can do to start to grow your Experian Credit Score. 

You may even be looking to spread your wings and move abroad, and wondering how this will impact your score.

Due to the differences in data protection laws between countries we are some way off having a “global” credit score, we at Experian in the UK only hold information relating to individuals at UK addresses and so moving to or from a new country will mean starting your credit history afresh.

We’ve put together some tips on what you can do to get started on building your credit history.

If you’re…..moving to the UK for the first time
Firstly, you will need to start building your credit history.  For those that have moved from another EU country, then the first step to take would be to register on the electoral roll.

EU citizens can vote in EU elections, and registering at your current address on the voters roll will help when you apply for credit, as lenders often use this to help confirm the ID of their applicant.  You can find out more about registering to vote at www.aboutmyvote.co.uk

If you are not able to register to on the electoral roll, you can add a note to your credit report (once you have obtained a copy of your credit report) to explain this, called a Notice Of Correction.

Many banks now share information relating to current accounts with overdrafts, so speaking to your bank about such an account could be the next step towards building up your credit history.

As your accounts become more established, lenders will be able to use the information to help make their lending decisions.

If you’re…..moving back to the UK
We hold information on closed accounts for six years, so when moving back from a spell abroad there may still be information on your credit report, depending on how long you have been away.

To check for any old information, make sure you supply your old UK address in your application when it asks for a previous address.

If you’re …..moving to another country from the UK ~
As information on your UK credit report is for use within the UK only, we can’t supply your UK credit report to any countries outside of the UK.

If you are moving abroad, you may want to get a copy of your credit report to take with you when you go. This way you would be able to provide a potential lender with your UK credit report yourself should they wish to see it.

The Experian Credit Score is a guide to help you understand your credit report, and how the way you’ve managed the credit you’ve had in the past might affect applications you’re making now. For more information on how to improve your Experian Credit Score, here are our top 5 tips.

Experian Credit Score top tip 5 of 5: Review your credit report regularly

tip 5 - 600x300Everyone has an Experian Credit Score. Looking after it, nurturing, growing and improving it can help you get a better rate on loans, credit card or mortgages.

Reviewing your credit report can help you look after your finances better. The data & information held there summarises your credit history, so it can be worth reviewing it on a regular basis, and making sure it provides an accurate and up-to-date picture of your credit histories.

Video: 5 top tips to improve your Experian Credit Score

Lenders usually check your credit report when you apply for financial products, as it helps them decide whether to offer you the product and which terms to set, such as interest rates. Continue reading

Experian Credit Score top tip #2 of 5: Space out credit applications

tip 2 - 600x300Everyone has an Experian Credit Score. Looking after it, nurturing, growing and improving it can help you get a better rate on loans, credit card or mortgages.

A scattergun approach to making credit applications, even if you see it as just shopping around, can have a negative impact on your Experian Credit Score.

When you apply for credit, a ‘credit search’ is recorded on your report. Numerous credit applications can suggest you are over-reliant on credit to supplement your income. Continue reading

Blue Monday? What January blues?

New Year is loading nowThere’s a lot said about the January Blues: how it’s cold, dark, there’s no money left in the pot after the festive season and the long gap since last payday, and it’s the most miserable time of the year. So far, so typical.

But we think there’s actually a lot good about January, certainly in terms of taking control of your finances – here are 5 reasons why we’re secret fans of January.

1. Review what goes in and comes out
There’s nothing quite like the start of the year for taking stock of your finances, and budgeting for the year ahead.  Continue reading

Making Christmas Count this year

Staying on top your finances at Christmas can be tough, especially when there’s a lot to pay for, and a lot of time to fill.

Many people feel under pressure to spend more than they originally planned this Christmas, and the New Year can often be the time when people struggle with bills and money worries the most.

New research from National Debtline has showed that almost a quarter of Britons surveyed (23%) said they felt under pressure to spend more.

Making Christmas Count
Our friends at the Money Advice Trust are #MakingChristmasCount through December, which aims to show that you don’t need to spend a lot to give a thoughtful gift, or a great Christmas experience.

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