With Christmas just around the corner, lots of us are looking to cut down our spending to save for the indulgent time of year. We were shocked to read last week that most people in the UK eat only one portion of fruit and veg every day - and all too often the reason is cost, according to research by the National Charity Partnership.
Whether you have a little or a lot of it, there's no denying that money is a powerful form of democracy. The way you spend, save and invest is a vote for your values and beliefs. So it's quite frightening that a new survey this week has found nearly half of all investors have no idea which businesses or industries their money is supporting.
To her credit, the lady did call me back the next day to check the children and I were ok, and to apologise for shouting at me in front of them. But in my mind this incident and the flat tyre the week before were both signs that we had made the right decision a few days earlier to sell our car and become more acquainted with public transport.
I used to pride myself on always being ready and able to buy a hot ticket, poised to click at 9am. Now, massive venues such as Alexandra Palace are sold out within minutes, and tickets appear moments later on resale sites such as Seatwave at hugely inflated prices. Anti-tout campaigners say Internet "bots" are being used to mass purchase tickets as soon as they go on sale. Thousands of tickets can be bought in minutes, leaving you and I out of luck.