This handy table can help calculate where to live in the UK if you want to save money:

It shows where it is easiest to get into debt (London and the South West, because of their relatively high accommodation costs), where the job prospects are poorest (Northern Ireland, Yorkshire and the North East), average hourly pay rates around the country (which, because of the debt levels, don’t make up for the accommodation costs in the expensive areas, it seems)… and the retail price index around the country.

It seems £10,000 or so of debt, not including mortgages, is pretty normal. I’ve written an e-book about managing debt and there are some free videos on that debt management page as well.

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