Author

Lucinda O'Brien

Lucinda O'Brien

savings expert

About the Author

As a trained journalist, Lucinda has spent the past 10 years writing and editing content for regional and national titles, including The Mirror, WalesOnline and Manchester Evening News.

She started her career as a freelance writer for Yahoo, where she reviewed trending television shows and interviewed celebrities for exclusive features. Lucinda then worked as an editor for B2B magazines in the education sector, reporting on breaking news and investigating the challenges facing the education system.

Lucinda was commercial editor at Reach plc for four years. She joined the team in Wales primarily, before becoming deputy group content marketing editor. She delivered campaigns with a commercial and audience value across all platforms and brands of Reach plc. This included working regularly with the government and financial services, including NatWest and Admiral, to deliver key messaging.

Now as a personal finance editor at money.co.uk, she applies this industry knowledge to ensure readers can make confident financial decisions. She also specialises in savings, and she is passionate about helping people to save for what matters most.

Outside of work, Lucinda is an avid shopper and she is always hunting for the latest bargains. 


Expertise

  • Savings accounts

  • Budgeting

  • Tips and hacks for saving

Education

  • Magazine Journalism MA, Cardiff University

  • English Literature BA Hons, Swansea University

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Switching bank accounts can help people to boost their savings pot and more.

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The lesser-known savings account offering inflation-busting rates

Notice savings accounts have some of the top rates in the market today.

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The top interest rates for savers as the base rate remains at 5.25%

There are still competitive deals on savings accounts as the Bank of England decides to hold the base rate at 5.25%.

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How to save up to £3,024 for a winter sun holiday in 2025

Start planning now and you’ll be able to hop on a plane and enjoy sunnier climes next January.

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How high-interest savings accounts can help to fund your wedding

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How to get a savings account above 6%

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Explore the latest insights with UK savings account statistics, covering ISAs, help to save accounts and child trust fund statistics.

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We’ve collated the latest UK savings statistics for 2024, investigating how people can save money, and the average amount of savings held by UK adults.

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Savings rates peaked six months ago - but what does this mean for 2024?

Fixed-rate savings had interest rates above 6% last year, compared to today’s top rate of 5.30%.

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7 new year resolutions for saving money in 2024

From starting a rainy day fund to making the most of high-interest savings accounts, here are some financial resolutions to try next year.

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How interest rates on savings accounts compare to the frozen base rate

The Bank of England's monetary committee decided to hold the base rate at 5.25% for a third time.

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Why now is the time to save for Christmas 2024

It’s never too early to start planning for a big savings goal, especially when interest rates on savings accounts remain competitive.

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12 ways to avoid overspending in December

Here’s how to have a stress-free Christmas and enjoy the festivities without breaking the bank.

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What the Autumn Statement means for your savings

ISAs had a moment in the spotlight with some key changes coming in 2024.

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8 savvy saving tips for Black Friday and Cyber Monday

Savers will need to prepare to make sure they get the best deal.

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How the unchanged base rate could impact your savings

The Bank of England decided to hold the base rate at 5.25% for another month.

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How to save £500 in one month for last minute Christmas shopping

Savings challenges are going viral but do they really work?

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The top easy access savings accounts with 5% interest

Rates on easy access accounts remain competitive, enticing savers to move their money from low interest accounts.

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Children’s savings rates have increased by 160% in a year

It’s important to review your child’s savings pot so you can get the best deal.

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Interest rates are dropping on fixed-rate savings but there are still deals available

Top deals have been pulled from the market and providers are assessing their rates on longer-term accounts.

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If you’re in financial difficulty, you may be feeling stressed and your mental health could be struggling. Here are some tips to help you cope with this difficult situation.

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6 easy ways to track your savings each month

The key to savings success is to keep a close eye on your progress

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ISA myths and the truth about tax-free savings

We debunk some common myths about ISAs to see whether this type of savings account is right for you.

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Why savers should act now as the base rate remains at 5.25%

The Bank of England’s decision means it’s a good time to compare savings accounts.

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The green savings accounts helping you to save money - and the planet

Green savings accounts are offering interest rates with an ethical bonus on top, but how competitive are they?

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Unlocking top rates on savings accounts comes with a catch

Under-pressure banks are finally starting to release some decent savings accounts - just not to everyone.

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What happens when I exceed my personal savings allowance?

With millions of savers about to be liable for tax on their savings accounts, it’s important to understand when you have to pay it.

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How business savings accounts can help SMEs to grow

A savings account isn’t a legal requirement, but it can support your business in the long run.

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Latest stats from the Bank of England reveal £2.1 billion was added to 0% interest accounts in June alone.

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Mortgage rates have gone up and now you might be paying tax on your savings too.

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The high interest current accounts competing with savings accounts’ rates

Interest rates have been rising on savings accounts - but some current accounts are also vying for your attention.

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The Bank of England has increased its base rate to 5% in an attempt to tame inflation.

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With rumours that the base rate will rise again in May, some savings accounts are failing to meet its constant increases.

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Relax this Mother’s Day knowing you’ve found the best way to save for your child’s future.

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Regular saving accounts are offering some of the highest rates on the market to encourage more people to save - this is what you need to do to get them

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Top rates on easy access savings accounts rise above 3%

A vast improvement from last year sees providers compete to offer customers far better paying interest rates at last.

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