Black Friday and Cyber Monday transforming Britons’ spending habits

New analysis from MBNA, one of the UK’s leading credit card providers, shows Fridays and Mondays have become the most popular shopping days for their customers. The online revolution now sees Sunday and Saturday as the least popular days for consumers to do their holiday shopping. In light of this shift and ahead of this […]

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Winter travel insurance – don’t slope off without it

Winter sports enthusiasts are being encouraged to make sure they have adequate travel insurance before heading off to the slopes, and not to wrongly assume that they’re automatically covered if they have annual travel insurance or travel insurance attached to their bank account or credit card. Standard and packaged travel insurance products are unlikely to […]

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Savings accounts with a charitable twist

The new savings accounts with charity donation launched recently by Yorkshire Building Society and Coventry Building Society offer a great all round deal – the saver gets a rate that’s within a whisker of the best buy in its sector plus the charity receives a healthy donation into the bargain – so everybody wins. The 2 year Bond from Yorkshire Building […]

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Why it’s important to make a will

Making a will is one of those tasks that people tend put off the most and it’s one of the main reasons why every year millions of pounds worth of assets left by loved ones end up not being passed on. None of us like to talk about death and I can understand why, but […]

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Family financial planning is becoming the norm according to advisers

Financial advisers expect the number of couples and families seeking joint advice on retirement planning to increase as a result of the recent pension freedom rule changes, according to new research by Prudential. Advisers estimate that couples already make up more than 40 per cent of their client base while wider family groups account for […]

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Opportunities to donate to charity as you spend and save

With Remembrance Sunday a little over a week away many of us will again be doing our bit to help support the Royal British Legion. As well as popping your cash into a collection box you can also donate a little extra cash throughout the year via a couple of charity linked financial products For […]

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Payday clampdown continues but don’t forget the fairer alternatives

In light of the £15.4m fine handed out this week, to Dollar Financial UK, owner of the Money Shop brand, people frozen out by mainstream lenders shouldn’t fear the demise of the payday loans industry as there are better options available even if your credit rating isn’t the best. Specialist Credit Cards The big credit […]

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Loyal broadband customers paying over the odds

Broadband bill payers who stay loyal to their providers have seen their monthly bills rise significantly, according to research by uSwitch.com. Broadband and home phone prices for loyal customers have increased by an inflation-busting 40% since 2011, costing households an extra £61 million per month. While new customers can cash in on competitive opening offers and […]

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Still too few customers switching banks

Bank customers could save an average of £70 a year by switching their current account to another provider, And heavy overdraft users – who’d benefit most from switching – are the least likely to do so, despite the fact they could save up to £260, according to a new report from the Competition and Markets […]

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Odd jobs cost Britain’s households £7.8 billion a year

Consumers spend more £7.8bn each year in total on tradesman visits, according to new research that explores the fear of picking up the toolbox. In the last 12 months, Brits have spent £294 on average employing a tradesperson to carry out minor repairs within their homes.  According to research from Swinton Insurance, the majority of Brits shy […]

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