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Barclays Journal

Your destination for financial news and guides

The latest updates and money-saving tips, suited to everyone, all in one place. 

Brexit resources

Doing what we can to help you prepare

Articles, tips and links to help you get ready for when the UK leaves the EU.

  • Money skills

    14 top saving tips

    Simple hacks to boost your bank account

    Reboot, recharge and get your finances into shape. We’ve put together fourteen personal finance hacks – savvy shortcuts to bolster your bank balance1.

    Take care of your credit score

    8 ways to help protect your future life plans

    Buying a house or owning a business may not be on your radar right now but don’t let the way you manage your money today undermine your future plans.

    Build savings plan

    Simple steps to help boost your finances in a week

    Are you making the most of your money? Try our 7 simple steps to help refresh your finances and get more from your money.

    Money mindsets

    Scrimper, saver, spender, splurger – we have many different attitudes to money that can shift with the seasons. Pick the mindset that most suits you for tips to turn it to your advantage.

    Get your finances back on track

    We ask financial experts for tips on tackling your money goals, from quick wins to planning for your family’s future.

    Families talking finance

    It’s all relative

    Families can be great for advice, but would you talk to yours about money? We asked 4 families to open up to each other about their finances. Here’s what they had to say.

    Choosing a financial adviser

    Confused by financial jargon?

    We outline the key things to consider when looking for a financial adviser.

    Online tax returns

    Don’t miss the online self-assessment deadline

    Find out about a fast way to get a new GOV.UK log in if you’ve forgotten yours – so you’re ready for the 31 July deadline.

  • Making plans

    Money goals

    Ready in 5

    Take a step back from everyday life to reflect on what you’re doing to protect your future with our ‘Ready in 5’ tips and tricks.

    Couples finance

    Ideas for managing your money as a couple

    Of all the challenges you face as a couple, managing your money can be one of the hardest. We look at some ideas that can help.

    Top things to plan for when getting married

    Make planning your wedding or civil ceremony as exciting as the day itself. Our tips could help to take some stress away.

    Families talking finance

    It’s all relative

    Families can be great for advice, but would you talk to yours about money? We asked 4 families to open up to each other about their finances. Here’s what they had to say.

    Everyday finances

    Ready in 5

    Get in control of your family finances, make sure you're not missing out on any potential savings and try our ‘Ready in 5’ tips and tricks.

    Financial planning for new parents

    Find out how to create a financial plan to help with the extra expenses a new arrival brings. Investments can fall in value. You may get back less than you invest.

    Families talking finance

    Money matters

    Home improvements, a bigger family home or planning for retirement – everyone has their priorities when it comes to managing their money. Can we help each other to manage it better? We asked 4 families to open up about finances.

    Car-buying tips

    Looking for a new or second-hand car?

    There’s a lot to consider when buying your next car. To make things a little easier, Jim Holder from What Car? shares 6 tips.

  • Finances at university

    Make the most of uni

    Tips on making the most of your time at university

    Learn how to manage your money and set yourself up while you’re studying

    Apprenticeships guide

    Is an apprenticeship scheme right for your child?

    We outline apprenticeships – from the key benefits to what an apprentice might earn.

    Uni's over, what next?

    Uni's over, what next?

    Life after university

    Read about managing your money, changing your bank account and preparing for work – with simple CV and interview tips.

    Finance for grads

    Finances for grads

    Managing your money after university

    We discuss managing your money after graduation, with information on credit scores, taxes and making the most of your money.

  • The property ladder

    Valuing your property

    How much is a house really worth?

    Putting your house on the market? Here’s how to make sure you’re getting the right price for your current property or new home. 

    Help to Buy: ISA guide

    Could the Help to Buy: ISA help you save?

    With 1 in 10 people saving for a home, the Help to Buy: ISA could be a solution for first-time buyers.

    Relocating or renovating

    An expert property guide

    Want a snapshot of the latest information about a new area, or are you planning to renovate your property? Here are some insider tips. 

    Add value to your home

    Tempted to improve rather than move?

    We look at some of the ways you can add value to your home and make living there that bit more enjoyable while you're at it.

  • Your future

    Retirement plans

    Ready in 5

    Take a look at our ‘Ready in 5’ tips and tricks so you can start planning for your well-deserved retirement.

    Easier tomorrows

    Planning for the future can make things much easier

    We share some handy tips to help you and your family look ahead.

    Five reasons to write a will

    The value of investments can fall as well as rise and you could get back less than you invest. If you’re not sure about investing, seek independent advice.

    Life after work

    Volunteering and part-time work

    How to keep some structure in your life.