Money Matters Team

Money Matters Team

Welcome to Money Matters, the Sainsbury's Bank blog.

About Us
The Money Matters team is made up of a group of bloggers who specialise in the financial sector. With help from our guest bloggers, we hope that Money Matters offers a hub of relevant information that's valuable to you and that you will want to keep and share with friends.

Our content may include tips and information, yet any financial decisions are yours to make and none of our content will include financial or any other professional advice.

If we think that another website or section of the Sainsbury's Bank site can provide you with extra information we will point it out to you in the interests of your information only.

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The Money Matters Team

Money Matters Team's Posts

Develop the savings habit of a lifetime

16/09/2021

Develop the savings habit of a lifetime

3 simple tips that can help you kick-start a savings habit for life.

15/09/2021

Mental health and pets go hand in paw

Here are the benefits of having a pet

Family and Dog

15/09/2021

Bring on autumn – when staying in is the ‘in’ thing

Autumn’s here and it’s the perfect time of year for cosy family nights in – pick up tips on making the most of this time together.

15/09/2021

Five ways to stop your dog driving you barking mad

here are our top tips for preventing excessive barking

Family and Dog

09/09/2021

Choosing a dog groomer

Here is some advice on how to pick the right dog groomer

Family and Dog

09/09/2021

What should I do if I find a stray cat?

What to do if you find a stray cat

Family and Dog

09/09/2021

What should I do if I find a stray cat?

What to do if you find a stray cat

Family and Dog

09/09/2021

What should I do if I find a stray cat?

What to do if you find a stray cat

Family and Dog

11/08/2021

Keeping your cool: Protecting yourself against security scams

At long last, summer has arrived! But cybercriminals aren’t taking any time off. Here are our top tips for staying cyber cool this summer:

Family and Dog

29/07/2021

Planning a Garden Makeover on a Budget

Looking for simple garden ideas which won’t break the bank? If you’re planning a garden makeover on a budget, here’s how to get growing and give your garden some (budget) wow factor.

Family and Dog

17/06/2021

Top tips for going on a dog-friendly picnic

This blog has some top tips for a dog-friendly picnic, including how to pick the perfect spot

Two cats greeting each other

16/06/2021

Do dogs sweat?

Every dog loves playing outside, but with hot weather comes risks.

Two cats greeting each other

17/05/2021

Can cats get hay fever?

Just like us, cats can get hay fever too. read our blog to find out more

Two cats greeting each other

05/05/2021

Hobbies that both you and your dog can enjoy

Here are our suggestions of activities that you and your dog can enjoy

Two cats greeting each other

05/05/2021

Leaving a cat alone in the house

Top tips for creating a comfortable environment for leaving a cat at home

Two cats greeting each other

28/04/2021

Bringing Home A Second Pet

Wondering how best to introduce a new pet into your home? We have a few tips to get you started.

15/04/2021

15 weird and interesting dog facts you’ll be amazed by

Read on to find out some dog facts that may surprise you

Recycling can save you money

09/03/2021

How Recycling Can Save You Money

From electronics and clothes recycling to reusing your coffee grounds, explore how you can go green and save money at the same time.

Recycling can save you money

09/03/2021

How Recycling Can Save You Money

From electronics and clothes recycling to reusing your coffee grounds, explore how you can go green and save money at the same time.

09/03/2021

Declutter and Up Your Shelf Game

Want to Marie Kondo your shelf game and home organisation skills? Be inspired by our top decluttering tips and smart storage ideas.

08/03/2021

Should You Consolidate Your Debt?

Should you consolidate your debt? Read our debt consolidation tips and advice answering the most common consolidation questions.

08/03/2021

5 Easter Pet Dangers and How to Avoid Them

our top 5 our top 5 Easter pet dangers

04/03/2021

Why Is Talking About Money Taboo?

We explore why it feels so hard to talk about money and share tips on why it's better to be more open on the matter.

01/03/2021

4 Ways to Celebrate Mother’s Day with Your Pet

How you can celebrate Mother’s Day with your pet

08/02/2021

What Insurance Do I Need To Work From Home?

Wondering what insurance you need to work from home? Here's what you should know.

26/01/2021

5 Signs That Your Dog Loves You

How do dogs show their affection to you? Here are our 5 signs that your dog loves you.

6 tips to achieve your bucket list goals

19/01/2021

How To Achieve Your Bucket List Goals

Feeling like your bucket list aspirations are a little out of reach? Get ready to tick off that bucket list with our top tips on how to set goals and achieve them.

Female hands up dancing in field

19/01/2021

Survey Reveals Most Popular Bucket List Ideas

Sainsbury’s Bank ran a survey to uncover the most common bucket list ideas. Read more to reveal the most common ambition in life.

18/01/2021

How pets can help beat the blues

Pets can have a positive impact on our wellbeing.

18/01/2021

5 Ways To Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions

Stick to your 'New Year new me' goals with our top New Year’s resolution tips from life coach and motivational speaker, Kirsty Hulse.

14/01/2021

Self Care Tips: Enjoy The Little Things in Life

Sometimes we all need a reminder on how to appreciate the little things in life. Read our list of self care tips that won’t break the bank.

13/01/2021

ISAs explained: what you need to know

Confused about ISAs? From Help to Buy ISAs to Lifetime ISAs, learn all about this type of savings account and how it can help.

13/01/2021

Electric cars

Thinking of joining the charge? Here’s what you need to know about hybrid and electric cars, as well as plug in hybrid vehicles.

Winter driving tips

08/01/2021

Advice for winter driving

Driving in snow, rain and sleet, or on icy wet roads, can be a challenge. Explore our winter driving tips and advice on things to consider.

07/01/2021

Exercise with your dog: New year, new you, new dog!

If your new year’s resolution is keeping your pooch in fine fettle, here’s some tips on how to keep your dog healthy;

16/12/2020

Change Your Money Mindset & Start Saving

Master a positive money mindset and find ways to make daily savings. We share information on British spending habits, saving hacks and more.

16/12/2020

Making the most of winter

How can you get the most out of winter this year, top tips to keep you occupied this winter

09/12/2020

10 Tips to Maintain a Car You're Not Driving

If your car’s gathering more dust than miles, it’s important to keep it maintained. Follow our car maintenance do’s and don’ts to keep on the right side of the road.

07/12/2020

How to keep your cat away from the Christmas tree

Cats love to climb, here are our top tips on how to keep your cat away from the Christmas tree.

Key on house shaped keyring

07/12/2020

Handy Guide to Renting Your Property

Planning on renting your property out? Get to grips with the latest landlord responsibilities and tips with our how to rent guide.

02/12/2020

Christmas dinner for pets

Cats and dogs can also enjoy a Christmas dinner

30/11/2020

Did you know that poinsettias are poisonous to dogs?

the dangers of the Christmas plant to dogs

03/11/2020

Top Tips for Starting Out as Self-employed

Thinking of going freelance? Read our tips for starting out as self-employed, including responsibilities to be aware of and risks to avoid.

30/10/2020

How to keep your pets comfortable on Bonfire Night

top tips on how to keep your pet safe this Bonfire Night

Solo travel over 40

22/10/2020

Solo Travel Hacks | Sainsbury’s Bank

Planning your first solo travel adventure? Before you go, explore our guide and take in all of our top booking, packing and money hacks.

20/10/2020

How to make this years Halloween enjoyable

Make the most of Halloween this year with these top tips for spooky fun in the garden

12/10/2020

Planning for Your Perfect Pet

There’s more to finding your ideal pet than picking the cutest member of a litter. Read our top tips on things to research and consider.

01/10/2020

Making the most of the outdoors this Winter

Make the most of the outdoors with these top tips.

01/10/2020

Getting Married Abroad

Thinking getting married abroad? Discover which countries offer the most affordable overseas wedding and start planning with our guide.

28/09/2020

Useful Apps You're Missing Out On

Whether you’re saving money or trying to get organised — there’s an app to help. Discover the must have apps you’re probably missing out on.

25/09/2020

Pricing Up a Year Abroad

Planning to study or work abroad? Find out key information such as average living cost and student schemes in our year abroad guide.

09/09/2020

Home Renovations Calculator

See where you can add the most value to your property with our home renovations calculator. Learn how to get the best return for your renovation investment.

Moving House Checklist

07/09/2020

Free thills

make the most of the summer weather before it comes to an end with these free thrills.

Moving House Checklist

03/09/2020

Top tips for getting fit

Looking to get fit without stepping foot in the gym? Check out our top tips for getting fit when and where it suits you.

Moving House Checklist

14/08/2020

Moving House Checklist & Tips

It’s time to pack the boxes and move into your new home. Check out our moving house checklist to get started - your new home awaits.

Moving House Checklist

14/08/2020

Moving House Checklist & Tips

It’s time to pack the boxes and move into your new home. Check out our moving house checklist to get started - your new home awaits.

Moving House Checklist

14/08/2020

Moving House Checklist & Tips

It’s time to pack the boxes and move into your new home. Check out our moving house checklist to get started - your new home awaits.

14/08/2020

Planning an Outdoor Wedding

Outdoor weddings can offer magical backdrops to create the wedding of your dreams with some simple planning. From festival vibes to vintage chic, let our guide act as your outdoor wedding planning checklist.

6 Car Insurance Myths You Should Never Believe

13/08/2020

Tips for the perfect staycation

Leave the passports behind, avoid the horror of busy airports and pack up the family for a staycation to remember.

6 Car Insurance Myths You Should Never Believe

13/08/2020

6 Car Insurance Myths You Should Never Believe

Buying a car is expensive enough, so make sure you don’t get stung on the insurance too.

13/08/2020

Jump in the car for an unforgettable staycation

How to boss a staycation: it’s time to hit the roads.

13/08/2020

Top tips for hosting outdoors

With a little know-how, you can transform your garden into the perfect setting for a stylish, relaxed get-together.

13/08/2020

Top tips for keeping the kids occupied on epic journeys

Kids love holidays as much as we do – but their pent up energy and youthful enthusiasm can turn car journeys into trials of endurance.

13/08/2020

Now we’re motoring – the UK’s 7 best road trips

Why go abroad when you can hit the road in the beautiful UK?

5 Credit Card Myths Busted

23/07/2020

5 Credit Card Myths Busted

Don’t believe the hype! Credit cards can not only help you manage your spending, but actually help improve your credit score.

23/07/2020

6 financial signs you're finally adult-ing

Yes, you're over 18, but are you truly a grown-up if you haven't sorted out your finances?

23/07/2020

Summer at Home: Fun Games For Kids

Bring the summer holiday joy home and make this summer special with creative children’s games that your kids will love.

23/07/2020

20 ways to earn cash without even trying

Anyone wish they’d heard of this stuff earlier?

23/07/2020

Guide to finding a trustworthy tradesperson

Want to carry out some home refurbishments but unsure where to start? Check out these tips to help you find an honest and reliable trader.

How to get the best deals on your holidays this year

23/07/2020

How to get the best deals on your holidays this year

So you've mastered how to post the perfect #TravelEnvy pics, but do you know all the ways to save money on your next holiday getaway?

How to get the best deals on your holidays this year

23/07/2020

How to get the best deals on your holidays this year

So you've mastered how to post the perfect #TravelEnvy pics, but do you know all the ways to save money on your next holiday getaway?

23/07/2020

The Insta-famous pets to follow now

These Insta-famous pets are at the top of their social game and we could probably all learn a thing or two from them.

22/07/2020

Crafty garden ideas for the kids this summer

Looking for fun things to do for the kids at home this summer? Check out our crafty garden ideas that will help to keep the entire family entertained.

21/07/2020

Family meal ideas on a budget

Keen to get the most bang for your buck when it comes to cooking family meals? Check out our budget family meal ideas for inspiration.

03/07/2020

DIY Home Improvement Projects

Planning a DIY home improvement project? Get inspired with these clever home hacks.

25/06/2020

Creating the perfect dog-friendly garden

Creating a beautiful outdoor area which also keeps your pooch happy, healthy and safe doesn’t have to be a challenge. Take a look at our helpful top tips for dog-friendly garden ideas.

25/06/2020

How to bathe and clean your dog

Here’s everything you need to know about how to properly bathe and clean your dog plus a few dog grooming tips.

25/06/2020

Is your cat in the best of health?

Here are some top tips on spotting the difference between a healthy and unhealthy cat – and knowing when they need extra care.

25/06/2020

A guide to grooming your cat

Grooming is an activity that any cat will soon come to enjoy as, if it’s done carefully and gently, it is an act of love and care.

7 ways to maximise the space in your house

16/06/2020

7 ways to maximise the space in your house

We've found some of the quickest and easiest ways to transform your home without breaking the budget.

15/06/2020

Guide to servicing and maintaining your car

For tips to help you keep your motor running smoothly, have a look at our practical guide to car maintenance.

Make your garden glow... on a budget

15/06/2020

Make your garden glow...on a budget

Remember that neglected, overgrown patch of dirt outside your back door? Oh, yeah, the garden.

7 ways to maximise the space in your house

15/06/2020

7 ways to maximise the space in your house

We've found some of the quickest and easiest ways to transform your home without breaking the budget.

15/06/2020

Summer healthcare tips for pets

Sunburn, hay fever and other ailments your pet can suffer from this summer.

11/05/2020

How to pamper your pet at home

Looking to spoil your pet at home? Here are some budget-saving top tips on how to make your furry friend feel extra special when they need it most.

29/04/2020

Habitual Saver Guide

Check out our guide to learn how to be a better saver and make savings a habit rather than a chore.

27/02/2020

Guide to Credit Scores

Unsure how credit scores work? Our illustrated guide offers a walkthrough of how credit scoring works, what’s included in a credit report and how poor scores can be improved.

The best high-tech pet gadgets

10/12/2019

Trainflation

Plan ahead for the 2020 train fare increase. Our train ticket calculator will tell you how much you could save if you purchase a ticket in advance, whether it’s a daily, monthly or season ticket you need.

Solo travel over 40

24/10/2019

Creating a Smart Home

Thinking of upgrading your home with some smart devices? From the latest high-tech home additions to added security measures - create the perfect smart home with our visual guide.

24/10/2019

Teaching Kids to Save

Teaching children to save isn’t easy. Simple things can help them form good money habits, from opening a savings account to having them earn their allowance.

05/06/2019

Millennialise Your Home

Millennials know a thing or two about interior design, so here are some tips to steal when you’re redecorating your home.

04/06/2019

Driving safety tips from a rally driver

No matter how good you think you are at driving, there’s always something you can learn from the best.

04/06/2019

Car Hacks for Pet Owners

These top tips will keep your pets in check whilst you get on with driving

04/06/2019

Destination Airbnbs

These Airbnbs will blow your mind, not your budget.

10/05/2019

Microadventure Weekends Away

The experience-focused weekends away to book now – For both home and away.

10/05/2019

Microadventure Weekends Away

The experience-focused weekends away to book now – For both home and away.

10/05/2019

Dog Friendly Festivals to Try

These dog-friendly festivals are completely brilliant.

09/05/2019

Pooch-friendly city breaks in the UK

Packing up your pooch can often seem like a hassle but these UK city breaks are more than worth the effort

Business in Economy

20/02/2019

How to feel like business in economy

Flying economy? These ideas will make your flight feel more premium

Business in Economy

20/02/2019

How to feel like business in economy

Flying economy? These ideas will make your flight feel more premium

Curb holiday spending

20/02/2019

Hacks to curb holiday spending

A bit of prep now could save you money when you are abroad

Curb holiday spending

20/02/2019

Hacks to curb holiday spending

A bit of prep now could save you money when you are abroad

12-podcasts

05/02/2019

11 Brilliant Podcasts for a Drive

These podcasts will make any long car journey a breeze.

Rescue Pets

05/02/2019

Rescue Pets: What You Need to Know

Thinking of adding a rescue pet to the family? Make sure you read this first.

Summer plants

05/02/2019

What to plant now for your summer garden

A little prep now will pay off in dividends come the summer...

Cheaper Car Insurance for Young Drivers

23/01/2019

Guide to Car Insurance for Young Drivers and Teens

If you’ve recently passed your test and are trying to find the best car insurance options for you, read on.

25/10/2018

Protect your home from winter damage

These small steps could save you money.

25/10/2018

Winter Wonderlands to visit this winter

The Winter Wonderland events that won’t break the bank

25/10/2018

DIY gifts for furry friends

Because your pets shouldn’t miss out this Christmas…

25/10/2018

Winter driving misconceptions

Put the kettle down, it might not be the best way to get ice off your windscreen.

24/10/2018

How to pamper your pet

Get inspired and take some time out to spoil your favourite family member with our guide to pampering your pet.

14/08/2018

The late summer and autumn holiday spots

Not ready to say goodbye to the sunshine? You should try these off-the-beaten track locations for some end of summer and autumn sun.

02/08/2018

Guide to proposals

Thinking about popping the question? Our illustrated guide will help you make the perfect proposal.

14/06/2018

How to get the most out of your travel money

Want to get more bang for your buck this holiday? Watch this.

14/06/2018

How to do an adult group holiday

Because group holidaying as an adult is a whole different ball game

12/06/2018

Guide to buying a used car

Looking to buy a used a car? Our illustrated guide provides handy tips on what you should consider when searching for a second-hand bargain.

23/04/2018

The UK’s best dog-friendly gastro pubs

Our ultimate guide to the most amazing dog-friendly gastro pubs in the UK.

23/04/2018

The house plants to buy this year

The house plants to transform your home this year

29/03/2018

The generation game

Find out how financial behaviours have changed between Baby Boomers, Generation X and Millennials with our visual guide.

08/02/2018

Ace breeds for office pets

If you're considering getting a dog or cat that you can bring into the office with you, which breeds are best suited to work life?

18/01/2018

New Year’s resolutions for your finances

The New Year’s resolutions that will help you boss your finances in 2018.

Happy pet dog

03/01/2018

Planning for your new puppy

Dogs are for life, not just for Christmas. So if you were lucky enough to get a pup, read through our tips for keeping him or her happy.

19/12/2017

What to consider before buying a home in Europe?

It's a tempting proposition; upping sticks and splashing out on a home in Europe – which is why so many of us have done it.

19/12/2017

Things you only know if you've got a house abroad…

You’re about to get a LOT more popular.

19/12/2017

Everything you need to know about getting married abroad

So you're getting married? Congratulations! And you're thinking of doing it abroad? Well, you're in good company

Christmas decoration tips

20/11/2017

Christmas decoration tips inspired by Pinterest

Get ready to make your home picture perfect.

Car winter wonderland

20/11/2017

10 hacks to turn your freezing car into a winter wonderland

Genius hacks to make your car warm, comfortable and run perfectly during the winter months

Happy pet dog

20/11/2017

How to keep your pet happy this winter

It can be tough in winter for our four-legged friends, here's how to keep them happy and healthy.

Leaving pets at home Christmas

20/11/2017

Need to leave your pets whilst you're away over Christmas?

Having to part with the pets this Christmas? These apps can help…

Winter beach spots

20/11/2017

The winter beach spots you have to drive to this year

A fan of a winter stroll? Us too. Here are some winter beaches you HAVE to drive to this year

Cosy home

20/11/2017

Beautiful ideas to make your home cosier this winter

Keep your house warm and cosy this winter with these beautiful home tips and save a bit of money on your heating bills in the process.

Save at Christmas

13/11/2017

What to buy now to save at Christmas

Christmas is expensive, but with a little bit of pre-planning you can save pounds

Money saving dates

13/11/2017

Money-saving dates for your diary

The festive season is expensive, let us help you save money now.

Guide to shopping safely online

09/10/2017

Guide to shopping safely online

Shopping online can be fun and convenient but are you doing all you can to keep yourself and your family safe on the internet?

08/09/2017

The week before payday hacks to save you ££

Whether you’re counting down the days or just want to save a few extra pennies, there are plenty of genius ways to tighten your belt without too much effort.

08/09/2017

Five ways to add value to your home

We ask the estate agents about the best investments when it comes to home improvements.

08/09/2017

Decorating tips from Instagram

Quick, crafty tips from Instagram that will make your home look gorgeous in days

08/09/2017

Quiz: Are you hanging on to summer?

Or ready to dust off your winter coat?

08/09/2017

About to rent a car? We can save you a fortune

These genius tips could save you money on your car rental. You’re welcome.

08/09/2017

Car owner? You NEED these apps

These genius tips could save you money on your car fuel, insurance and your next sale

08/09/2017

Home selling tips from pro house flippers

We’ve got selling secrets from property professionals…

14/08/2017

The hidden costs of cheap holidays

Just don’t let what should be a blissfully relaxing break become a financial nightmare.

14/08/2017

The hidden costs of cheap holidays

Just don’t let what should be a blissfully relaxing break become a financial nightmare.

14/08/2017

How to build your own dream home

The dream of owning a beautiful, bespoke home might seem like a speck on a distant landscape. But what if you could build it yourself?

14/08/2017

How to build your own dream home

The dream of owning a beautiful, bespoke home might seem like a speck on a distant landscape. But what if you could build it yourself?

14/08/2017

Saving for a mortgage in your 30s?

Here are the struggles you might be familiar with - and the tips, hints and hacks that might make the journey slightly smoother.

14/08/2017

Saving for a mortgage in your 30s?

Here are the struggles you might be familiar with - and the tips, hints and hacks that might make the journey slightly smoother.

14/08/2017

The smartphone apps you need to make your home smart

The future is happening right now. The smart home is here, and our appliances are becoming cleverer than we are

14/08/2017

The smartphone apps you need to make your home smart

The future is happening right now. The smart home is here, and our appliances are becoming cleverer than we are

29/06/2017

Where you should holiday, based on your pet's popularity

Planning a getaway with your pooch? The UK is filled with amazing places to stay - here's our pick of the best.

29/06/2017

Here’s where you should live in the UK, according to your favourite pet

Wonder what your favourite pet is telling you about where you should live in the UK? We were too. So we did the hard work for you.

22/06/2017

What a pound buys you across the world

11/05/2017

7 Travel Insurance Myths Busted

Let’s be honest: travel insurance is the last thing on your mind when you’re booking a dream holiday.

20/04/2017

The hidden moneymakers in your home

Here’s how to turn clutter into cash...

Basil plant in a pot

20/04/2017

7 plants that pay their way

These are the best things to plant to save you pots of money.

20/04/2017

6 old-school skills that could make you money

Love a bit of woodwork or got seriously green fingers? Here’s how to make some money from your traditional hobby.

Photo of Bow River in Alberta in Canada

20/02/2017

7 travel hotspots to visit right now

As if you needed a reason to pack your bags, here’s a little more inspiration - our pick of the best destinations to visit in 2017

Girl jumping into blue sky

20/02/2017

Spring family fun on a budget

Get out and about this spring for free - or very little - with these fab ideas for family days out

20/02/2017

5 Ways to Spring into Action

Longer days and better weather mean it's time to emerge from hibernation - try these tips for getting active and embrace the joys of spring.

#TakeFive

12/01/2017

#TakeFive

#TakeFive to stop fraud with these important tips. Don’t get caught out and stay in control.

House-swap your way to a cheaper holiday

11/01/2017

3 Tips to Boost Your Credit Score

Looking to boost your credit score? We’re here to help with these three simple tips.

24/12/2016

Credit Card Jargon

Know your APR from your Section 75? We put members of the public to the test and broke down all that jargon.

23/12/2016

Credit Card Jargon

Know your APR from your Section 75? We put members of the public to the test and broke down all that jargon.

5 Credit Card Myths Busted

23/12/2016

6 Tips for Planning Your Best Ever Holiday

The best way to banish winter blues? Book a holiday! Here are our top tips to getting the best deal and being prepared before you jet off.

23/12/2016

Credit Card Jargon

Know your APR from your Section 75? We put members of the public to the test and broke down all that jargon.

7 Happy Home Hacks to go from Festive to Fab

23/12/2016

7 Happy Home Hacks to go from Festive to Fab

Bring some post-festive cheer to your home with these decorating hacks and go from gloomy to gorgeous.

The best high-tech pet gadgets

28/10/2016

8 Money Saving Tricks for Halloween

From decorations and fancy dress to food and party games, you can have a great Halloween without the scary price tag.

13 Steps to a Stress-Free Family Holiday

12/10/2016

13 Steps to a Stress-Free Family Holiday

We’ve got the tips to make sure you can do what you’re there for: relaxing.

Roadtrip Essentials

12/10/2016

Roadtrip Essentials

Sat Nav? Check. Travel charger? Check. Make sure you are prepared with these essentials.

22/09/2016

Financial Mistakes You Can Help Your Uni Kids Avoid

University isn’t just about hitting the books - or the bars, for that matter.

Make the Most of Your New Spare Room

22/09/2016

Make the Most of Your New Spare Room

Hurrah! The kids have finally flown the nest. Make the most of their old room and create something just for you.

25/08/2016

Back to school saving tips

Packing them off back to school needn’t cost you an arm and a leg if you shop sensibly.

What

30/06/2016

What's your cash personality?

Spender, saver, splurger or something in between? Here's how to identify what your money mind looks like and how it can help you save.

What

30/06/2016

What's your cash personality?

Spender, saver, splurger or something in between? Here's how to identify what your money mind looks like and how it can help you save.

Get a super fancy home look for half the price

30/06/2016

Get a super fancy home look for half the price

So you've just moved in together. Here's 8 smart solutions to make it look beautiful on a budget. Don't worry, we won't tell if you won't...

Get a super fancy home look for half the price

30/06/2016

Get a super fancy home look for half the price

So you've just moved in together. Here's 8 smart solutions to make it look beautiful on a budget. Don't worry, we won't tell if you won't...

DIY home makeover... the bloggers’ way

29/04/2016

DIY home makeover... the bloggers' way

The thrifty bloggers' and editors' guide to doing up your home and garden on a budget.

The heat is on

29/04/2016

What's your cash personality?

Spender, saver, splurger or something in between? Here's how to identify what your money mind looks like and how it can help you save.

Paper v digital

29/04/2016

Paper v digital

Are you a Kindle connoisseur or partial to a paperback? We've found the best ways to get some quality reading material this summer.

The heat is on

29/04/2016

The heat is on

We might love it when the sun's shining but spare a thought for your pets, who may not like it quite so hot.

Flying with children

22/04/2016

Flying with children

If you're going on holiday with children this year, have you thought about how to keep them happy and entertained on the journey?

 Understanding your cat

22/04/2016

Understanding your cat

Do you know what your cat is trying to tell you? Is it feeling playful, loving, or just showing off? Have a look at our animated guide to find out.

A visual guide to pet microchipping

21/04/2016

A visual guide to pet microchipping

Did you know that dog microchipping is now compulsory in the UK? Our guide covers how it works and why it's a good idea to microchip other pets too.

5 ways to prevent costly vet trips

22/03/2016

5 ways to prevent costly vet trips

We've teamed up with vet Claire Hamilton who shares her top tips for a healthy pet and happy wallet... let's face it; we dislike unnecessary vet trips as much as our dogs do!

How to slash the cost of being a wedding guest

16/03/2016

How to slash the cost of being a wedding guest

The average guest spends £448 attending a wedding, with an extra £150 if they go to the hen or stag do. We share some budget ways to save on wedding gifts, outfits and travel (without offending the bride!)

Surprising ways to valet your car

16/03/2016

Surprising ways to valet your car

Clever car-cleaning solutions from the web's biggest petrol heads and life hackers.

How to haggle on Britain's high street

16/03/2016

How to haggle on Britain's high street

Turns out it's not just over half of us that are willing to haggle... the high street can be open to offers too! Get the lowdown to start saving.

How to really save money with vouchers

16/03/2016

How to really save money with vouchers

Savvy shoppers can save hundreds of pounds each year. Undercover bargain hunter Penny Golightly goes... er... undercover, to find out how.

Secret money tips from mother to daughter

16/03/2016

Secret money tips from mother to daughter

Writer Cherry Casey finds out if mum's really the word when it comes to managing the family finances.

Spring family fun that won't break the bank

16/03/2016

Spring family fun that won't break the bank

Secret shopping guru Penny Golightly's five fab ways to have family fun without spending a fortune this spring

The best high-tech pet gadgets

16/03/2016

The best high-tech pet gadgets

Tech-guru and cat fanatic Linsey Fryatt takes a cat's (and dog's) eye view of the latest gadgets no self-respecting owner should be without.

Family Finance Report

10/02/2016

Family Finance Report

Welcome to the first Family Finance Report from Sainsbury's Bank.

Top tips for spring-cleaning your finances

21/01/2016

Top tips for spring-cleaning your finances

From cutting out coffee to getting your workout for free, we asked the bloggers in the know for their tips on getting your finances in order..

The best money-saving apps

21/01/2016

The best money-saving apps

Looking for a way to take control of your finances? Take the hi-tech route and furnish your phone with a few clever apps that will help you save money.

Grow your own herbs

21/01/2016

Grow your own herbs

When it comes to herbs, fresh is best and free is even better. We asked the gardening experts at fennelandfern.co.uk for their top tips.

Dog behaviours explained

16/12/2015

Dog behaviours explained

In order to really understand what your dog is trying to tell you, it's important to observe their body language and listen to the noises they make.

Real people who made extra money in their spare time

16/12/2015

Real people who made extra money in their spare time

If you've already sold all your unwanted bits at car boot sales, it might be time to think outside the (money) box.

Visual guide to keeping your money safe abroad

23/11/2015

Visual guide to keeping your money safe abroad

Planning a holiday? Our visual guide to keeping your money and valuables safe abroad can help you prepare, for extra peace of mind.

5 tips for surviving long journeys

19/11/2015

5 tips for surviving long journeys

Planning a long trip? Here's how to get the most from your journey.

How to win at the online shopping game

19/11/2015

How to win at the online shopping game

Ditch the frenzied crowds and buy your gifts online this Christmas.

What to feed your pet to keep them happy

19/11/2015

What to feed your pet to keep them happy

Top tips for dinner Petiquette.

The perfect winter emergency car kit

09/11/2015

The perfect winter emergency car kit

With winter on its way, you need to be prepared when out driving. Candace Gerlach from Green Flag breakdown gives her essentials to pack in your car to see you through any emergency this winter.

5 ways to keep your pet calm this Christmas

29/10/2015

5 ways to keep your pet calm this Christmas

Tis the season... to say 'So long, stress' and 'Hello happy pets'

Choosing the right kennel for your pet

29/10/2015

Choosing the right kennel for your pet

How do you prepare your cat or dog for their visit to the kennels (or, as we like to say, pet hotel!) over the festive season?

We need to talk about... gifting

29/10/2015

We need to talk about... gifting

Looking for creative, unusual but not-too-pricy Christmas present ideas? Look no further! We talked to four seasonal super-savers tell us how they cut costs without cutting the fun at this expensive time of year.

Save money by going abroad for Christmas

19/10/2015

Save money by going abroad for Christmas

Last Christmas Johanna Payton travelled to Tenerife with her husband Matthew Swan and son Eliott, and discovered it was both a cost-effective move and fun for the whole family.

Pet photo competition

01/09/2015

Pet photo competition

The competition is now closed. Thank you to everyone who entered.

Visual guide to car maintenance basics

05/08/2015

Visual guide to car maintenance basics

Unsure of how to keep your car legal and in good condition? Our car maintenance guide covers the basics, like checking the battery and tyre pressure.

Visual guide to buying a new car

20/07/2015

Visual guide to buying a new car

In the market for a new car? Our buying a new car guide looks at electric and hybrid options, how to research and find the right car for you.

Visual guide to buying a used car

20/07/2015

Visual guide to buying a used car

Thinking of purchasing a used car? Our guide to buying a used car provides information on what to consider, where to buy and test driving tips.

Cats vs dogs prize draw

08/07/2015

Cats vs dogs prize draw

This prize draw is now closed. Thank you for your entries!

Family holiday destination awards prize draw

08/07/2015

Family holiday destination awards prize draw

The prize draw is now closed. Thank you to everyone who entered.

How to take the perfect selfie

05/05/2015

How to take the perfect selfie

How do you get a perfect picture when you have to take it and be in it? Follow our guide...

Your chance to win a Norwegian log cabin break for four

23/04/2015

Your chance to win a Norwegian log cabin break for four

The prize draw is now closed. Thank you to everyone who entered.

Visual Guide to Home Security

02/04/2015

Visual Guide to Home Security

Interested in making your home safer and more secure? Our home security guide shows you the simple steps you can take to help deter intruders.

Your chance to win two nights away at a luxury hotel with dinner

04/03/2015

Your chance to win two nights away at a luxury hotel with dinner

Wedding Spending 2014 Revealed

13/02/2015

Wedding Spending 2014 Revealed

Ever wondered how much the average couple spent on their wedding in 2014? Read our guide to find out what their top 10 expenses were, and more.

Buying and selling a home

29/01/2015

Buying and selling a home

Whether you’re viewing a home to buy, or preparing your current home for sale, knowing what to look out for could save you time and money.

Snowsports in Scotland

23/12/2014

Snowsports in Scotland

Besides stunning views of snow-covered peaks, glens and lochs, Scotland's five ski centres offer the best pistes in the UK.

Cats vs dogs prize draw

21/11/2014

Cats vs dogs prize draw

This prize draw is now closed. Thank you for your entries!

07/11/2014

UK city breaks

There are so many great cities to visit in the UK. Our guide looks at the most popular destinations and what to do when you get there.

Budget Calculator

04/11/2014

Budget Calculator

Find out how much you could save every month with our Savings Calculator

Children’s money saving chart

22/10/2014

Children's money saving chart

Use our money-saving dragon to encourage your child to start saving.

Winter learning

19/10/2014

Winter learning

Why wait till Janury to pick up a new hobby or pastime? Here are some ideas.

The Perfect Night In - Prize Draw

15/10/2014

The Perfect Night In - Prize Draw

Your chance to win the ultimate perfect night in package with a 40" HDTV, £250 of Sainsbury's vouchers and a top 10 DVD selection.

Cat behaviours explained

08/10/2014

Cat behaviours explained

Ever wondered what your cat's body language says? Our feline companions use a wide range of physical signals to convey their feelings and intentions.

Car buying index

03/10/2014

Car buying index

A look at the UK's car buying intentions over the next six months

Grow your own mint

01/10/2014

Grow your own mint

Find out how to grow your own mint with our handy guide

History of credit cards

02/09/2014

History of credit cards

When did the world start using plastic instead of cash? Have a look at how credit and credit cards have developed over the years.

Grow strawberries in a window garden

28/08/2014

Grow strawberries in a window garden

Bring the garden to your windowsill.

Build a bottle bird feeder

15/08/2014

Build a bottle bird feeder

Building a bird feeder can be quick and easy when you know how. Follow our simple step-by-step guide.

A dog-friendly home

13/08/2014

A Dog-Friendly Home

Did you know that some household items like certain plants and foods are toxic to dogs? We have put together tips on keeping your dog safe at home.

Top cat-friendly holiday accommodation in the UK

31/07/2014

Top cat-friendly holiday accommodation in the UK

A few of our favourite options for cat friendly accommodation in the UK.

Hot picks for summer day trips

31/07/2014

Hot picks for summer day trips

Patricia Carswell shares 10 fantastic summer day trip ideas.

How to welcome more wildlife into your garden

31/07/2014

How to welcome more wildlife into your garden

Aileen Scoular offers some suggestions on how to make your garden more appealing to wildlife.

Revamping old furniture for next to nothing

30/07/2014

Revamping old furniture for next to nothing

Sophie Banda gives her tips for how to brighten up old pieces of furniture.

Kerry’s greyhounds

29/07/2014

Kerry's greyhounds

Kerry tell us more about her three adopted greyhounds.

Kerry’s story

29/07/2014

Kerry's story

Kerry Barber shares her story of pet adoption.

Credit Card 101

02/07/2014

Credit Card 101

Did you know that more than half of the UK has a credit card? Discover a variety of facts about credit cards, their history, and how they are made.

Car Buying Infographic

18/06/2014

Car Buying Infographic

Check out the UK car buying trends over the last decade including favourite make, model and colour. We have also compared fuel efficiency and CO2 emissions.

Dog Exercise Tips

04/06/2014

Dog Exercise Tips

Looking for fun and unusual ways to exercise your four-legged friend? Take a look at this infographic for intriguing dog exercise tips.

Garden improvements worth making

29/04/2014

Garden improvements worth making

Outdoor overhauls can be costly affairs, but a few inexpensive tweaks are sometimes all that are needed for a perfectly good-looking garden.

2014’s top holiday spots

25/04/2014

2014's top holiday spots

Fancy heading somewhere new this year? We asked top travel experts to share their destination hit list for 2014.

Tracking down a trustworthy tradesman

23/04/2014

Tracking down a trustworthy tradesman

Looking to carry out home improvements and don't know who to turn to? Check out these tips to help you find a trustworthy tradesman.

What is the best money you ever spent? - the results!

11/04/2014

What is the best money you ever spent? - the results!

The Family Blogger Network do Sport Relief

28/03/2014

The Family Blogger Network do Sport Relief

UK flight disruption

04/03/2014

UK Flight Disruptions

Whether it's a natural disaster or a technical issue on the runway, flight disruptions are sometimes unavoidable. But just how widespread are flight disruptions, and what are the causes?

Tips for first time car buyers

05/02/2014

Tips for first time car buyers

With so many factors to consider, buying a new car for the first time can be a daunting experience. However, it doesn't have to be. Here are some tips that could help you find the right car at the right price.

Affordable travel destinations in 2014

23/01/2014

Affordable travel destinations in 2014

A look at some of 2014's best value holiday destinations.

DIY energy audit: a five-step checklist

20/01/2014

DIY energy audit: a five-step checklist

Follow these simple steps to ensure your energy use is kept in check.

5 small changes that could bring big savings

20/01/2014

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Making tiny changes in different areas of your life soon add up. Here are five simple ways to spend less and save more.

Creating your own Christmas decorations

18/12/2013

Creating your own Christmas decorations

Creating homemade Christmas decorations and ornaments is not only a great way to save money, but also an excellent chance to get the kids involved in preparing for the festive season.

Skiing around the World

16/12/2013

Skiing around the World

Like the millions of other snow fanatics, you might be considering hitting the slopes over the coming months.

Make your own bird house key hooks

13/12/2013

Make your own bird house key hooks

You may have seen the image of the hand-made bird house key hooks being used across our website and in our home insurance leaflets in-store.

Top helmet covers for the ski season

09/12/2013

Top helmet covers for the ski season

The winter sports season has begun and many of us will take to the slopes with skis, snowboards and sledges, and try to out-do each other with the best winter hat.

Getting your home ready for winter

29/11/2013

Getting your home ready for winter

With the nights drawing in and temperatures dipping, here are some tips on how to prepare your home for the winter months.

4 tips to getting the best interest rate on your loan

27/11/2013

4 tips to getting the best interest rate on your loan

What can you do to ensure you get the best rate?

History of the Pound

25/11/2013

History of the Pound

The British Pound is the oldest currency in use today. Originally forged from pure silver, it has a fascinating history but is it still as valuable?

Adding festive spirit to your finances

14/11/2013

Adding festive spirit to your finances

Tis the season to be jolly. But how happy are you about your finances?

Where are Brits headed on holiday?

11/11/2013

Where are Brits headed on holiday?

Brits love to travel, from simple European camping trips to embarking on life-changing religious pilgrimages.

Refreshing your finances for 2014

07/11/2013

Refreshing your finances for 2014

Make your money go further in 2014.

Making your home environmentally friendly

06/11/2013

Making your home environmentally friendly

Six practical tips to not only make your home kinder to the environment, but to also make it more energy efficient.

Staying safe on bonfire night

28/10/2013

Staying safe on bonfire night

Bonfire Night brings together millions of people across the UK in this time-honoured annual tradition, but make sure you remember it for the right reasons.

5 great ways to refresh your home on a budget

25/10/2013

5 great ways to refresh your home on a budget

Sale prices on all sorts of desirable elements for your interiors can be found year-round if you hunt around in the right places.

January sales jaunts

24/10/2013

January sales jaunts

British shops set the bar high (or rather, cut-price low) when it comes to post-Christmas sales. But this tradition is not confined to the UK.

5 ways to keep your car costs down

22/10/2013

5 ways to keep your car costs down

Top tips to keep your car in shape.

The road to fuel efficiency

29/08/2013

The road to fuel efficiency

Motorists around the country are looking to reduce their fuel consumption and save some money.

18 then and now

21/08/2013

18 then and now

How much was a pint of milk when you were 18? See how much basic living costs have changed since you were a student, with our interactive calculator.

Five ways to keep utility bills down with clever technology

20/08/2013

Five ways to keep utility bills down with clever technology

If sending your son or daughter to university means you’re feeling the pinch, try these tips to keep your energy and phone bills down.

Top student gadgets

20/08/2013

Top student gadgets

Is your son or daughter fully kitted out for university?

Student friendly recipes

20/08/2013

Student friendly recipes

Want to make sure your son or daughter is eating well at university? Here are five simple recipes to share with them.

The essential student kit list

20/08/2013

The essential student kit list

Read our list of essentials for first-time students.

The student-parent text interpreter

20/08/2013

The student-parent text interpreter

Avoid mixed messages.

How to survive the first month at university: a guide for parents and students

19/08/2013

How to survive the first month at university: a guide for parents and students

Some handy tips for students entering into their first year at university, and their parents.

Money saving tips for low-cost living

19/08/2013

Money saving tips for low-cost living

Famous private registration plates

15/08/2013

Famous private registration plates

We may dye our hair, customise our clothing and like to sport a suntan; so what's different about stamping our identity on our trusty set of wheels?

Car haggling tips

06/08/2013

Car haggling tips

Want to save money on a vehicle?

Baby blog reviews

02/08/2013

Baby blog reviews

Here are some great baby blogs we've enjoyed reading this year:

Five top satnav apps for navigating around Europe

11/07/2013

Five top satnav apps for navigating around Europe

If you are planning a trip around Europe, find out which satnav apps perform the best.

Make the most of a long weekend

08/07/2013

Make the most of a long weekend

Find out how to plan a great value weekend away.

Crafty family blog reviews

28/06/2013

Crafty family blog reviews

Here are some great crafty blogs we've enjoyed reading this year:

Get your garden ready for summer

27/06/2013

Get your garden ready for summer

Get ready for summer with some great ideas on seating, lighting and tepees.

Will you marry me? Abroad?

26/06/2013

Will you marry me? Abroad?

18% of weddings now take place overseas but, is it less expensive?

Top tips for driving in Europe

12/06/2013

Top tips for driving in Europe

Take your own car on the trip of a lifetime.

Can I save money with solar panels?

11/06/2013

Can I save money with solar panels?

We take a closer look at the possibility of saving with solar panels.

How a cashback credit card works

10/06/2013

How a cashback credit card works

If you're searching the market for a cashback credit card you might be asking yourself some of the following questions...

Six tips for finding the right car for you

06/06/2013

Six tips for finding the right car for you

It can fill us with temptation and trepidation. Andy Moore looks at some top tips for buying a car.

Top podcasts for learning Spanish

03/06/2013

Top podcasts for learning Spanish

There are many ways to learn a foreign tongue and listening to a podcast is a great one.

2013 Family blog reviews

29/05/2013

2013 Family blog reviews

Here are some great family blogs we've enjoyed reading this year:

When should you do it yourself?

20/05/2013

When should you do it yourself?

Ever tried to tile or fix the plumbing? Sometimes you can roll up your sleeves and sometimes you should just put your feet up.

Collectibles - Zack’s rocking retro collection

24/04/2013

Collectibles - Zack's rocking retro collection

Zack was bitten by the 50s bug...

Collectibles - Dan’s model trains are a family affair

24/04/2013

Collectibles - Dan's model trains are a family affair

Discover Dan's collection...

How to find good tradesmen

23/04/2013

How to find good tradesmen

Top tips from the experts.

Converting your car to liquid petroleum gas (LPG)

19/04/2013

Converting your car to liquid petroleum gas (LPG)

Andy Moore takes a look at the ups and downs of LPG fuel.

Driven to distraction

18/04/2013

Driven to distraction

Seasoned driving instructors share some of the UK's worst driving habits.

Common pet insurance claims

09/04/2013

Common pet insurance claims

We take a look at the most common reasons for pet insurance claims.

Personal loans - choosing the right one for you

28/03/2013

Personal loans - choosing the right one for you

How do you pick the right loan for you?

What’s the bunny got to do with Easter?

27/03/2013

What's the bunny got to do with Easter?

We explore the connection between bunnies and Easter.

Driving on the continent

20/03/2013

Driving on the continent

Explore Europe from behind the wheel.

Types of life insurance cover

06/03/2013

Types of life insurance cover

Find out more about the different kinds of protection...

Red Nose Day Fundraising Ideas

05/03/2013

Red Nose Day Fundraising Ideas

Here are some ideas on how you can 'do something funny for money' on Red Nose Day.

Inspirational interiors - bringing the outside in

27/02/2013

Inspirational interiors - bringing the outside in

Inspiration from Mother Nature...

Workout from home

19/02/2013

Workout from home

Cannot quite bring yourself to step out in the cold and get to the gym?

Kitted out for bad weather

17/02/2013

Kitted out for bad weather

Make your car safe for the roads.

Winter dog walks in the UK

13/02/2013

Winter dog walks in the UK

Find some great walks near you...

Getting wind of green energy

08/02/2013

Getting wind of green energy

Saving with wind energy...

FAQ on the EU Gender Directive

30/01/2013

FAQ on the EU Gender Directive

Find out more about the impact on insurance premiums...

Paris: be my valentine?

24/01/2013

Paris: be my valentine?

Discover some of Paris' best kept secrets...

Cool car gadgets

10/01/2013

Cool car gadgets

We take a look at some of the original in-car inventions that delighted road users of yesteryear.

Christmas markets

30/11/2012

Christmas markets

As cities across Europe turn on the lights, visiting Christmas markets can be a great way to take a break.

Money saving tips: family activities for winter

29/11/2012

Money saving tips: family activities for winter

With the winter nights approaching we share some money saving ideas to entertain the whole family when Jack Frost bites.

Travel tips for ski holidays

29/11/2012

Travel tips for ski holidays

Read our handy tips for ski holidays....

Winter gardens

29/11/2012

Winter gardens

We've put together five winter gardening tips and some winter garden pictures to inspire you.

What to do if your car breaks down

28/11/2012

What to do if your car breaks down

This guide sets out the steps you should take to be safe in the event of a breakdown.

Money saving tips: festive family activities

27/11/2012

Money saving tips: festive family activities

We've created a list of money saving ideas for festive family fun.

Weigh it up

25/11/2012

Weigh it up

It’s vital to ensure pets are healthy - and not breaking the scales, says Money Matters contributor Robert Nurden...

2012 Family blog reviews

23/11/2012

2012 Family blog reviews

Here are some great family blogs we've enjoyed reading lately:

Saving with children

23/11/2012

Saving with children

"You must have all the money in the world, Dad. Look at me, I've got 5p, I'm rich."

Winter retreats

23/11/2012

Winter retreats

As the cold months set in, getting away for a short break can be just what you need.

Planning for a new dog

20/11/2012

Planning for a new dog

Next to a new child, there are few things in life that challenge and reward us than a new dog.

Fantastic family blogs

16/11/2012

Fantastic family blogs

Our full list of fantastic family blogs:

What we've been up to

16/11/2012

What we've been up to

Here's the latest news from our community of busy bloggers:

A guide to greener driving

09/11/2012

A guide to greener driving

Soaring petrol prices, global warming and damage to the environment are all forcing motorists to reassess their motoring habits...

Going for green

28/08/2012

Going for green

Should you switch to an energy-efficient car? Mark Rowe considers the options...

Room to grow

28/08/2012

Room to grow

There are lots of reasons to move house but Money Matters contributor Kate Burt explains why improving your current home can be the perfect solution...

Cheap insurance cars

12/06/2012

Cheap insurance cars

Research by Sainsbury's Bank Car Insurance last year revealed that, within the space of one year, some 1.3 million motorists quit driving altogether due to the rising costs of motoring.