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Make money work for you

Take control of your finances

We understand that money can be overwhelming, so we’ve put together helpful articles and easy-to-follow guides to help you feel financially confident.

Making money work for you will mean something different to everyone. It could mean feeling calm when checking your balance before taking some cash out, it could mean picking up the keys to your first home, or it could mean saving for that dream holiday you’ve always put off.

We want to help you feel more knowledgeable and confident when it comes to getting the most out of your money.

Here you’ll find articles that aim to put you in control. So, whatever you’re looking to do – be it getting into a regular saving habit, stepping onto the property ladder, planning for retirement or investing for the future – we’ll show you tips and guides to help you choose what really works for you. 

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  • Popular articles
    Save or Invest

    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.

    Save or Invest

    A quick guide to saving and investing

    How to decide what’s right for you

    Savings and investments can be a good way to provide for your financial future. Here’s a brief guide to help you find an option to suit you2.

    Future planning

    Retirement income calculator

    What could your retirement income be?

    Our retirement income calculator can give you a better idea of how much you could be paid from your pension savings.

    Future planning

    A budgeting guide for everyone

    Six easy tips for everyday money management

    Finances are different for everyone, but there are some tips that work for us all – let’s explore some of them.

    Holiday planning

    Returning from holiday

    Get on track when you’re back

    Things to think about when you come back from holiday – from making a claim to saving for your next getaway.

    Move or improve

    A guide to buying your first home

    What you need to know

    Find out how the home-buying process works, from working out what you can afford to picking up the keys.

    Move or improve

    Renovating your home

    Our guide to home improvements

    We discuss some of the latest home design apps and tools, along with some tried-and-tested methods.

    Protect my money

    Protect your money

    Learn to better protect yourself

    It only takes a convincing phone call, clever letter or persuasive sales patter to let fraudsters get hold of your cash. Our guide will help alert you to their tricks.

  • Save or invest

    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.

    Key tax rates, limits and allowances: Your at-a-glance guide

    Here’s our run-down of all the key tax rates, limits and allowances you need to know for the 2019-20 tax year. When it comes to using ISA and pension allowances, remember you don't have to make your investment choices straight away - as long as you have the cash in place this tax year, that’s enough to secure the tax benefits of this year’s allowances.

    Investing money - the basics

    Getting back to basics can help you become a smarter investor. We take you to your starting point.

    A quick guide to saving and investing

    How to decide what’s right for you

    Savings and investments can be a good way to provide for your financial future. Here’s a brief guide to help you find an option to suit you2.

     

    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.

    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.

    What’s the difference between saving and investing?

    Not sure whether you should put your spare cash in a savings account or invest it? Understand the differences between saving and investing before deciding.

  • Future planning

    Retirement income calculator

    What could your retirement income be?

    Our retirement income calculator can give you a better idea of how much you could be paid from your pension savings.

    Take care of your credit score

    What is it and why is it important?

    Buying a house or owning a business might not be on your radar right now, but you should still manage your money today to prepare for your future plans.

    A budgeting guide for everyone

    Six easy tips for everyday money management

    Finances are different for everyone, but there are some tips that work for us all – let’s explore some of them. 

    Five reasons to write a will

    Writing a will should be one of the cornerstones of your financial planning. Having one in place can provide valuable peace of mind that any property or assets you own will pass to who you want when you die.

    Inheritance and passing on wealth

    Inheritance and passing on wealth

    How to prepare future generations for wealth

    Making early plans for inheritance can provide significant reward.

    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.

    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.

    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.

  • Holiday planning

    Managing your money abroad

    Make your money go further while you’re away

    We discuss the best ways to manage your money abroad, from how to keep it safe to using your debit card while you’re away.

    Planning your holiday

    What are the best apps for holiday planning?

    We’ve listed some of the most useful holiday apps – for before you go and while you’re there.

    Returning from holiday

    Get on track when you’re back

    Things to think about when you come back from holiday – from making a claim to saving for your next getaway.

    Travel safety

    Stay safe while you’re away

    Discover some common issues people face when they’re abroad, such as scams or thefts, and tips on how to avoid them.

    Luxury travel for less

    How to plan an affordable luxury holiday

    Thanks to the sharing economy, you may be able to book your dream holiday for less. We explain how.

    Family holiday tips

    Help your family trip go flawlessly

    Follow these quick tips to help make sure you get the most out of your family holiday. 

    Spreading your wings

    Travelling in later life

    With retirement in sight or the kids flying the nest, you might have more time to jet off. Here’s our guide for smooth sailing.

    Saving up for travel

    How to get your plans off the ground

    Ready to make that dream trip a reality? Read our tips to get you through every stage of your savings journey.

  • Move or improve

    A guide to buying your first home

    What you need to know

    Find out how the home-buying process works, from working out what you can afford to picking up the keys.

    Paying off your mortgage early

    Your options explained

    Thinking about using savings or a cash windfall to pay off your mortgage early? We can help.

    How to buy to let

    Practical tips for landlords

    Read our tips on how to become a landlord – from choosing a property and mortgage, to understanding your tax liabilities and legal responsibilities to tenants.

    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. 

    Renovating your home

    Our guide to home improvements

    We discuss some of the latest home design apps and tools, along with some tried-and-tested methods.

    House renovation costs

    An expert guide for every budget

    Ready to add space or value to your home? We’ve made a guide about the most popular value-adding renovations and refurbishments.

    Small garden design ideas

    Transforming small outdoor spaces

    Improving your garden, whether it’s a tiny terrace or a compact urban plot, can add value to your property.

    How to improve your home

    A few simple updates can make a big difference

    Revamp your home to breathe new life into well-used spaces. We share some things to consider if you’re planning some home improvements.

  • Protect my money

    Phone number checker

    Check whether a Barclays number you’ve been asked to call is genuine – and find out how to handle incoming calls that make you suspicious.

    How to report fraud

    Think you’ve been a victim?

    Get in touch with us right away if you think you’ve seen suspicious activity on your account. Here you’ll find the numbers you need, the next steps to take and what we’ll do to help. 

    Protect your money

    Learn to better protect yourself

    It only takes a convincing phone call, clever letter or persuasive sales patter to let fraudsters get hold of your cash. Our guide will help alert you to their tricks.

    Protect your personal data

    Learn to better protect yourself

    Whether by email, text or on social media, fraudsters can fool you into handing over personal details they then use to commit crime. Our guide will show you steps you can take to help stay safe online.

    Email payment fraud

    Could you spot a fraudulent email?

    Email payment fraud is a growing form of crime. Here we explain what email payment fraud is and what you should look out for.

    Protect your tech

    Worried about your new gadgets? Our tips will help to keep them safe

    Here are 5 ways to ensure your phone, laptop and other gadgets are protected incase of loss or damage. 

    Digitally safe quiz

    How digitally safe are you?

    Would you recognise a fake caller, spot a phishing email or know when a fraudster is trying to take control of your computer? Take our interactive challenge to find out.

    Take control of your personal data

    Stay safe online

    Discover ways to help keep control over your personal data online.

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