Five websites that will help you start saving money today

Getting our finances on track can put an element of control back in our lives. When we create financial stability, we always feel a lot happier.

Fortunately, there are a number of websites on the net that can contribute to this feeling of happiness. Here's a round-up of the top five that can help you start saving money quickly and easily.

Money Advice Service

You may have seen those humorous 'Talk to Ma' adverts on television but financial problems are no laughing matter. Nonetheless the Money Advice Service provides free, unbiased, independent advice on financial matters, helping those with debt get on the first step to recovery.

Talking about your debt problems can often be the hardest issue in finance but the Money Advice Service allows you to confide in experts you can trust. You can talk about anything including borrowing, mortgages, bills, loans, legal rights and much more. It's a hugely helpful service and should be the first port of call for people looking to control their debt.

MoneySavingExpert

As the face of money saving, financial journalist Martin Lewis has created an empire that millions of internet users (13 million unique users, to be exact) visit every month. MoneySavingExpert is an easy-to-read, clear guide on every issue involving the transaction of money, crammed full of useful advice and tips.

The site also has a number of useful tools including certain comparison programs and checkers to compare the prices of various goods and services. For instance, a student finance calculator can break down just how much you may have to pay as a student while an MP3 track checker lists top albums for the least cash outlay.

HotUKDeals

HotUKDeals is a consumer forum where users can share deals, tips, voucher codes and other money-saving tricks. It's a superb website to help the thrifty among us to save money on every aspect of their life from great rates on utilities, money off shopping bills, discounts on subscription services and a whole lot more.

Founded in 2004, the site has grown immeasurably in ten years and now represents one of the most popular consumer websites in the UK. Furthermore there is no self-promotion or marketing allowed on site so each deal is posted by a neutral party only interested in one thing: getting a great deal.

MyVoucherCodes

If you're looking for vouchers, this website should be your first stop. As host to over 2,000 codes, MyVoucherCodes can offer discounts on restaurants, bars, technology, electrical goods and a wealth of other services.

With a straight forward layout and simple navigation bar, even the most novice internet users can find a deal. Simply type in a store or product name into the command box to bring up a whole host of deals from all categories. It couldn't be simpler.

This website is extremely useful for users looking to cut their expenditure but still keep some luxuries – going out for dinner, going on holiday for instance – in their life.

Gumtree

With eBay fees increasingly snatching away the financial gains made at auction, free online classifieds like Gumtree are becoming more popular among users looking to shift (or advertise) goods and services.

For people looking to conduct a quick sale of goods – potentially helpful for those who need to pay debt quickly – Gumtree should sit high on their list. Categories range from cars, jobs, competitions, accommodation and much more and, to top it off, there are no restrictions as to who can and can't upload an advert. Filters help users sieve through information and the sheer convenience of the site has led Gumtree to acquire eight million unique users per month.