Personal Finance News

What's the Cheapest Stag Weekend Destination?

22 September 2014, 1:14PM
No longer is it a Stag or Hen night, rather it's a 'Do', meaning a Hen or Stag Weekend or even longer. But where is it cheapest to go? Where can you go without spending an absolute fortune and in the process upset your marriage even before it starts?  [More]

Did You Know That The Paper Tax Disc Is About To Be Scrapped?

18 September 2014, 5:30PM
Are you aware that in just two weeks, at the beginning of October, the paper tax disc that we currently have to display on our car windscreen will no longer have to be displayed? Also, did you know that from the same date it will no longer be possible to transfer the residual tax to the new owner when a car is sold?  [More]

Will You Switch to Oink Energy?

16 September 2014, 3:33PM
There's a new energy supplier on the block, ready perhaps to challenge the Big 6 energy suppliers with its 'straight-forward solution for straight-talking people'. But what's the offer, is it worth switching to?  [More]

Banks and Building Societies Slash Mortgage Interest Rates

15 September 2014, 8:44AM
A number of banks and building societies have announced reductions in mortgage interest rates across a range of fixed term and buy to let mortgages, which is welcome news for borrowers.  [More]

Pensioners Flock To Dorset For Retirement Bliss

12 September 2014, 5:53AM
Dorset has emerged as being the most desirable place to retire, according to new research by Prudential. This supports the fact that Dorset has the largest population of retirees.  [More]

EDF Energy Reduces Its Cheapest Tariff

11 September 2014, 12:53PM
With autumn around the corner, consumers will be pleased to learn that EDF Energy has cut the cost of its cheapest tariff. EDF claim that this will now become the cheapest tariff offered by the major energy suppliers.  [More]

Is It Cheaper To Send Your Child To A Private School?

10 September 2014, 2:33PM
Many parents are willing to go to great lengths to help ensure their child gets a place at a top performing school. Would you move house to be within a school catchment area to secure a place? How much extra would you be prepared to pay for your property? Is it cheaper to send your child to a private school?  [More]

Do You Need Free Debt Advice?

9 September 2014, 2:17PM
Help is on hand if you're struggling with debt problems as following an injection of funding the Money Advice Service is set to help almost 60,000 more people with free debt advice in England and Wales this year.  [More]

How Much Holiday Travel Money Have You Got Lying Around?

8 September 2014, 3:28PM
Are you short of cash? Maybe it's time to check the holiday travel money you have lying around the house. According to Zopa, the average household has just over £110 leftover, a rather useful amount to have.  [More]

Should You Let Your Car Insurance Automatically Renew?

29 August 2014, 2:35PM
Did you know that if you just automatically renew your car insurance policy it could be costing a lot more than it need to? Here's why this is not sensible and you at least need to compare car insurance costs, you may be able to save money.  [More]

The Euro Is Struggling Against Economic Issues

27 August 2014, 10:39AM
The Euro is struggling against a myriad of issues hitting European countries, including the latest publication of German domestic data and the ongoing government changes in France.  [More]

Postcard Or Text, What Do You Do?

22 August 2014, 9:11PM
What's happened to the holiday tradition of sending a postcard? It seems it's been usurped by holidaymakers sending a text or communicating via email, Facebook or Twitter.  [More]

Is it Worth Paying For Faster Airport Transfers?

20 August 2014, 1:04PM
August Bank Holiday will see many Brits heading for European city breaks. These can be great breaks but can be costly. Is it worth adding to the cost by taking express airport transfers into the city? Or can your money be better used elsewhere?  [More]

Euro Stronger Against the Pound

19 August 2014, 7:32PM
The Euro against the Pound strengthened today after the Pound still struggled in the aftermath of the weaker inflation data reported last week.  [More]

Pound Starts the Week Stronger

18 August 2014, 8:39PM
The Pound has started the week in a stronger position than it ended last week following comments by the Bank of England Governor over the weekend.  [More]

Pound Trades at 4-Month Low Against the US Dollar

15 August 2014, 8:47PM
The Pound continued to trade at a 4-month low against the US Dollar, even though the UK GDP was better than expected. It was equally little changed against the Euro, despite the Eurozone reporting generally poor domestic data.  [More]

Do You Have the Right Holiday Travel Money?

14 August 2014, 9:49AM
Are you heading off on holiday this summer? Have you got the right holiday travel money? Some holidaymakers are falling into currency confusion and taking Euros to a non-Euro country. Be careful to take the right legal tender to your holiday destination.  [More]

Sterling Falls Against the US Dollar

13 August 2014, 10:31AM
Whilst sterling performed well yesterday against both the US Dollar and the Euro, today, unsurprisingly, it has weakened against the US Dollar in response to the latest unemployment and average wage figures. The Euro itself is being challenged by the German ZEW Economic Sentiment index being lower than forecast.  [More]

Are You Ready for Your Gap Year?

12 August 2014, 8:58AM
It's almost time for exam results to be released, so too is it a popular time for planning or setting off on a gap year. If you're about to enjoy a gap year make sure you're as ready and organised as you can be, including getting your best financial solutions in place.  [More]

Avoid Holiday Budget Worries

11 August 2014, 8:29AM
The holiday opportunity to switch off and relax is what we all look forward to, however, switching off and relaxing in regard to our finances is not so good and doing so causes many budget worries when they get home.  [More]

US Dollar Gains as Pound Weakens Against the Euro

8 August 2014, 9:13AM
Whilst the Pound Sterling fell against the Euro on Friday, the US Dollar gained against the Pound and rose to a nine month high against the Euro.  [More]

Real Estate Rules: Open House Dos and Don'ts for Buyers

19 May 2014, 6:11PM
Attending some open house viewings is a great way of getting a feel for the ideal type of property that you would like to buy   [More]

How Often do You Break the UK Speed Limit?

11 March 2014, 12:21PM
Even though you might get caught, fined or have to attend a speed awareness course or even get banned from driving, it seems the majority of drivers still break the UK speed limit. Do you?  [More]

How Quickly Can You Choose Your New Home?

17 January 2014, 2:31PM
It might be one of the most important and expensive decisions to make but for many it seems choosing a new home requires less time than it takes to watch an episode of EastEnders or Coronation Street.  [More]

Are You Wasting Money on Subscription TV?

13 January 2014, 10:32PM
The average monthly subscription for pay to watch TV is over £40 and yet over half of those who pay, watch their subscription-only channels less than once a month. Surely this is a waste of money, isn't it? Are there better ways to spend your money?  [More]

Make your Ski Safety a Top Priority

11 December 2013, 5:38PM
There is already plenty of snow in many ski resorts and with the main ski season almost upon, do remember safety on the slopes is a top priority.  [More]

Is Your House Ready for Winter?

10 December 2013, 5:37PM
All thoughts may currently be on preparing for Christmas, but have you prepared your house for winter? It really is important to 'winter-proof' your home to help avoid the cost and inconvenience of making a claim on your home insurance should the worst happen.  [More]

It's Not Just Santa Who Has Expensive Presents this Christmas

9 December 2013, 3:38PM
The cost of insuring Santa's sack of presents this Christmas Eve is staggering when you consider the cost of the toys and gadgets children have on their Christmas lists.  [More]

Black Friday Comes to ASDA and Other UK Retailers

28 November 2013, 3:30PM
Black Friday is tomorrow, Friday 29 November, the busiest day of the year for shopping in America and now Asda will mirror the Walmart flash sale extravaganza with the most dramatic shopping event to hit British stores. Other key UK retailers, including John Lewis are also getting involved.  [More]

Have You Got Your Skis and Snowboards Covered?

15 November 2013, 10:51AM
As the ski season looms, many are booking their ski holidays. Whilst though many skiers and snowboarders are deciding to travel with their own skis and snowboards, some aren't taking the time to insure it. Is this a short term gain that could turn bad?  [More]

Don't Let Opportunistic Thieves into Your Home

14 October 2013, 2:25PM
As we start to experience the darker mornings and the first taste of more wintery weather, you might not reminding that the clocks go back on Sunday October 27th, however, you may want to remind yourself that these dark nights can be all too tempting for opportunistic thieves.  [More]

Will the Pound Continue to Weaken against the US Dollar?

9 October 2013, 10:31AM
The Pound weakened against the US Dollar and was little changed against the Euro.  [More]

How Much Does Your Holiday Travel Money Cost You?

3 October 2013, 12:13PM
Maybe you're one of nearly 60% of holidaying Brits who don't understand travel money exchange rates and this summer lost out on their holiday money as a result?  [More]

Pound Strengthens as Need for Further Stimulus Fades

27 September 2013, 1:13PM
The Pound rose close to its highest level against the US Dollar in eight months as the need for further stimulus measures appears to have faded.  [More]

Is the Pound Set to Make Gains Against the US Dollar?

26 September 2013, 10:07AM
The Pound is alreading trading to an 8 month high against the US Dollar and the signs are is could soon be making further gains.  [More]

Is There a Link Between Your Star Sign and Your Travel Insurance Claims?

18 September 2013, 1:24PM
We all know that each of the zodiac signs have certain traits and quirks associated with them but did you know that there's now an identified strong correlation between your star sign and almost all areas of travel insurance claims?  [More]

Will Inflation Data Hit Foreign Exchange Rates?

17 September 2013, 8:43PM
Before it was announced that inflation slowed in August, the Pound was little changed against the Euro but did touch an eight-month high against the US Dollar. Will the release though of influential data for both the US and the Eurozone today change this?  [More]

Have You Set Your Christmas Spending Budget?

17 September 2013, 9:46AM
Can you believe there are less than 100 days until Christmas? Staggering it may seem and as a family you may be starting to think about your Christmas spending budget. Now is the time to think about how to fund your spending.  [More]

Make Cash From Unwanted Goods

16 August 2013, 1:24PM
As rising fuel prices and a difficult economy continue to present consumers with financial headaches, many are turning to their unwanted goods to make some much needed cash.  [More]

Plan Your Driving Abroad

12 July 2013, 10:25AM
With more Brits planning to take their car abroad the worry is many could inadvertently break the law if they don't know the rules of the road in the country they are visiting.  [More]