Saving Money

Don't Waste Money On A Cheap Secret Santa Gift - Give To Charity Instead

Andy Webb | Posted 18.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Andy Webb

If you think Secret Santa is all about keeping the kids in the dark as to the true identity of Father Christmas, you're so far off you may as well be ...

Surviving The Financial Burden Of The Festive Season

Debz Aiken | Posted 10.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Debz Aiken

Whether it's saving money online, being super organised or simply telling people you can't afford to buy for them, there are ways that you can enjoy Christmas without feeling the financial burden of the big day.

One Family, One Meal: Five Ways To Save At Family Meal Time This Autumn

Michela Chiappa | Posted 07.11.2016 | UK Parents
Michela Chiappa

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.

What Does Your Bank Really Do With Your Money?

Jemma Moran | Posted 31.10.2016 | UK
Jemma Moran

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.

Slash The Cost Of A New Kitchen - Buy Second Hand

Written by Ruth D'Alessandro, commercial writer | Phillip Othen | Posted 22.09.2016 | UK Lifestyle

The kitchen is the hub and the workhorse of your home. No surprise there. Between cooking, washing up, socialising, homework, muddy kids and pets goin...

Expats Move Up The Career Ladder In The UK

Dean Blackburn | Posted 21.09.2016 | UK
Dean Blackburn

There are many dreams and aspirations expats hope to realise during their time abroad: improve their quality of life, pursue a new challenge or join a...

Fix Appliances With Internet Guides To Save A Fortune

By Ruth D'Alessandro, commercial writer | Phillip Othen | Posted 19.09.2016 | UK Lifestyle

Calling out a professional to fix an appliance is expensive, which is why many of us feel it’s not worth it and simply buy a new one. What if we cou...

We're Going Car-Free, And It's Gonna Be OK

Makeba Garraway | Posted 12.09.2016 | UK Parents
Makeba Garraway

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.

Why Going Long Haul Offers Better Value For Money

By Ruth D'Alessandro, commercial writer | Jackie Gallego | Posted 19.09.2016 | UK Lifestyle

A few years ago, long-haul destinations were the stuff of dream holidays, once-in-a-lifetime travel and honeymoons. Who would have thought that today ...

Apps And Gadgets That Are Revolutionising Online Banking

PROMOTED BY CLYDESDALE, by Ruth D'Alessandro, commercial writer | Phillip Othen | Posted 19.09.2016 | UK Lifestyle

Do you bank online? If so, you’re among the 60% of UK adults who do. When internet banking was first introduced by Nationwide in 1997, it was hailed...

Can We Fight Back Against The Robot Touts Ruining Live Music?

Andy Webb | Posted 06.09.2016 | UK Entertainment
Andy Webb

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.

Getting A Pay Rise: Advice From Bosses

Written by Ruth D'Alessandro | Phillip Othen | Posted 01.09.2016 | UK Lifestyle

According to pay data from Korn Ferry Hay Group, UK employees, on average, are predicted to receive a 2.3% increase in their real income this year. Bu...

Will Rio 2016 Inspire A Generation Desperately In Need?

Thomas Church | Posted 25.08.2016 | UK Sport
Thomas Church

Much of the conversation since has been on the cost of funding to Olympic Sports (although most comes from the Lottery Fund). Is it worth it? Here in this park, watching young people come together to do calisthenics (body-weight exercise), the answer is definitely yes.

Why August Is Still The Best Month For Buying A New Car

Written by Ruth D'Alessandro | Phillip Othen | Posted 25.08.2016 | UK Lifestyle

You can’t put it off any longer. You need a new car, and soonish. A record 1.42 million new cars were sold in the UK in the first six months of 2016...

Rio Olympics: Getting Sporty With The Family For Free

Written by Ruth D'Alessandro | Phillip Othen | Posted 18.08.2016 | UK Lifestyle

The Rio Olympics are nearly over, and it is time to reflect and be inspired by the world class athletes on show, especially after such a strong showin...

Debunking Those Myths About Saving Money

Shihab S Joi | Posted 08.09.2016 | UK
Shihab S Joi

Spoiler alert: the best way to save money is by not spending it. Which, in terms of advice, is about as practical as pointing out you'll lose weight if you starve. So what about all the other money saving bargains we keep reading about and, spot the irony here, sold on a regular basis?

Making The Most Of The Good Weather Without Spending A Fortune

Written by Ruth D'Alessandro | Phillip Othen | Posted 11.08.2016 | UK Lifestyle

Let’s face it, we don’t see much sunshine in Britain. With the UK averaging 1,500 hours of annual sunshine against 2,875 for southern Spain, it’...

Exercise For Free: Recreate Your Gym At Home

By Ruth D'Alessandro | Phillip Othen | Posted 04.08.2016 | UK Lifestyle

Your gym membership is up for renewal. Be honest, now – how many times have you used it in the last year? According to research by thinkmoney, nearl...

Five Pricey Lunchtime Meals To Avoid - And Five To Adopt

Written by Ruth D'Alessandro | Phillip Othen | Posted 28.07.2016 | UK Lifestyle

It’s lunchtime. Yet popping out to buy pre-packed salads, sandwiches and snacks every day instead of making your own is costing you a substantial we...

Why Overspending On A First Date Can Be A Turn-Off

Written by Ruth D'Alessandro | Phillip Othen | Posted 18.08.2016 | UK Lifestyle

So you’ve finally plucked up the courage to ask the person you’ve fancied for ages out, and they said yes. Woot! Now you’ve got to make sure tha...

Future Proof Your Teens: Money Lessons They Need to Know

The Huffington Post | Phillip Othen | Posted 14.07.2016 | UK Lifestyle

If you simply say ‘money doesn’t grow on trees’ to your teens, chances are they’ll either literally or metaphorically put their fingers in the...

Ten Ways To Cut Your Monthly Expenses

The Huffington Post | Phillip Othen | Posted 06.07.2016 | UK Lifestyle

Running out of money before running out of month is a massive pain point. Wouldn’t it be fantastic to have a wedge of cash left at the end to spend,...

Home Improvements That Don’t Add Value – And Five Alternatives

Written by Ruth D'Alessandro | Phillip Othen | Posted 02.06.2016 | UK Lifestyle

Forget stocks and shares – it looks like home improvements are where we’re looking to put our cash. According to a poll carried out by the Consume...

Take Control Of Your Money In Four Easy Steps

The Huffington Post | Phillip Othen | Posted 06.07.2016 | UK Lifestyle

Whether it's buying posh lattes on the way to work, weekly massages or unnecessary gadget upgrades, we all like to spoil ourselves. But what if giving...

A Guide To Buying A Used Car And Getting The Best Value

Written by Ruth D'Alessandro | Phillip Othen | Posted 26.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle

Getting a decent deal on a used car when your experience in the field stretches to a few old episodes of Top Gear is pretty daunting. Especially when ...