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Brits spending up to two thirds of monthly income on bills and expenses

| September 2, 2015

New data unveiled today shows that Britons are spending an average of 66 per cent of their monthly income on essential bills and expenses. The research commissioned by Scottish Friendly also reveals that four in 10 people believe they are not able to save any money on their monthly expenditures. Rent and mortgage repayments were […]

Warning re the cost of automatically renewing your car insurance

| August 26, 2015’s Car Insurance Auto-Renewal Survey shows that nearly 6 million motorists a year fall into the auto-renewal trap by simply allowing their car insurance to automatically renew without checking other quotes first. September is traditionally one of the busiest months for car insurance renewals due to the high volume of new car sales. However, the new survey […]

British holidaymakers accumulate £663m worth of leftover foreign currency

| August 25, 2015

Stacks of foreign cash are gathering dust in Britain’s homes as holidaymakers estimate having an average of £55.25 in leftover foreign currency, accumulating to more than £663 million sitting at home. New figures released today from Visa Europe reveal two in five Brits (39%) admit to keeping unused currency in the house. The research found […]

UK parents spend £2.9 billion preparing kids for the new school year

| August 24, 2015

Parents will collectively spend an eye-watering £2.9 billion preparing their kids for the new school year, according to new research by Santander Credit Cards. With most schools across the country re-opening next week, the total cost of kitting out the nation’s school children with clothes, books, stationery and other necessities in preparation for the new term […]

Peer to Peer providers continue to offer attractive rates of return

| August 20, 2015

Many people will have put their savings in cash based NISAs to save paying tax on their interest but despite this benefit they will be dismayed with the level of returns currently on offer. Unfortunately for savers the ISA market mirrors the dismal outlook for the savings market as a whole. With rates at rock […]

Hitachi Personal Finance cuts loan rates ahead of predicted interest rate rise

| August 20, 2015

Hitachi Personal Finance is the latest lender to reduce its loan rates as experts predict interest rates may rise in response to rising inflation. The lender has cut its headline APR to 3.8% from 4.7% on loans from £10,001 to £15,000, and to 3.8% for loans between £7,500 and £10,000 over two to five years. The move, […]

One in five return to work after reaching state pension age

| August 20, 2015

More than one in five (21 per cent) pensioners have gone back to work since they reached the State Pension age, or are planning to do so in the future, according to new research from Prudential. The rise of the retired jobseeker, along with the growing trend for a period of pre-tirement as previously identified by Prudential, […]

Top Insurance tips for students off to university for the first time

| August 14, 2015

Insurance guru Adam Powell from Policy Expert recommends that before you fork out for any specialist student insurance – check your parents’ home contents insurance policy. Your possessions may already be covered under their policy, so you might not need to buy any additional cover. If you normally live with your parents outside of term […]

An interest free overdraft is more beneficial than student bank account giveaways

| August 14, 2015

With A level results announced this week, students will soon be busy sorting their university arrangements for the autumn, and that includes opening a student bank account. The banks are keen to attract the potential high flyers of tomorrow with one eye on signing them up for their profitable insurance, pension and mortgage products in […]

A-Level results day: everything you need to know

| August 13, 2015

With A level results out today, here’s some useful advice from  Charlotte Burns the editor of the student website’   Well, I imagine you’re exhausted. Sleep doesn’t come easy to those waiting for their results. Your results should be available from about 8am on results day morning (don’t freak out if the site’s slow, it’s a […]