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Give me a break...

Give me a break...
I'm taking a break until after the August Bank Holiday - otherwise all those name tapes will never get sewn into the new uniform.... See you later this month.

#Mortgages: five reasons why you should sort yours NOW

#Mortgages: five reasons why you should sort yours NOW
Good news: figures just out show that the number of mortgages in arrears is at the lowest level since the data was first collected in 1994. This is mainly thanks to the current bargain basement mortgage rates. But if you’re a homebuyer now is not the time to be complacent: you should sort out your m...

Going to #university? Time to start saving

Going to #university? Time to start saving
If you’ve got an 18 year old then I bet you’re not looking forward to next Thursday. For the unaffected, that’s when A level results are out. I can still remember the tension of going to get my A level results and that was back in the dim and distant 1980s. That was when a university education, if n...

#Airportdelays: get there early or risk losing out

#Airportdelays: get there early or risk losing out
Apparently 10 million people will be going through European airports this weekend, heading for the sun or returning home after their holidays. And they will probably have spent quite a lot of their vacation time in queues at the airports. It is all down to EU airports inside the Schengen zone – whic...

Why you should #self-insure your appliances

Why you should #self-insure your appliances
My dishwasher has packed up. It is about six years old and for some reason it won’t even turn on let alone wash stuff. To be honest, I’m not sure I miss it too much – yet. First of all, aren’t dishwashers the needy males of the appliance world? They need salt, rinse aid, dishwasher powder, regular c...
Jane Wallace is minted
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Holiday, holiday, holiday

Holiday, holiday, holiday
I'm taking a summer break from my brilliant blog and will be back at the end of August. In the meantime, keep an eye on our Facebook page for essential news and updates. See you then!

#Rentingacar abroad? You need to read this before you go

#Rentingacar abroad? You need to read this before you go
Are you happily bowling along the Promenade des Anglais in a rental Renault? Or gridlocked in a hire horror? There’s been a lot of sobering stories in the media recently about car rental rip-offs, particularly in Europe. They range from companies inflating the cost of repairs to hard-selling of over...

Where to get the best #savings rates

Where to get the best #savings rates
I had a mystery communication from Lloyds Bank the other week. It informed me that my Easy Saver account will be changing to a Standard Saver in September and I’ll then get a lower variable rate of just 0.05% in interest. Not great news at any time but the thing is – I don’t have an Easy Saver accou...

How to spend in #Pigalle in style: no-hassle #travelmoney solutions

How to spend in #Pigalle in style: no-hassle #travelmoney solutions
Just back from Paris where I spent a relaxed weekend in South Pigalle. It's (allegedly) one of the most fashionable parts of the city these days, a kernel of cool inside a gritty shell of sex shops and girly bars ringing the 'world-famous' Moulin Rouge. Once you're past the neon, SoPi, as it's short...

Why everyone needs #travelinsurance

Why everyone needs #travelinsurance
Ooh la la, my travel insurer has paid my claim and I'm off to Paris on the proceeds of it. I hope the train isn't delayed like last time. I was about as thrilled as Charles Dance looks in the photo when we were both made en retard by Eurostar shenanigans. It's not all plain sailing. I did have to gi...

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Hello from two personal finance journalists in very different circumstances!

We’ve met a lot of mums over the years who are perfectly competent in the day job but get overwhelmed by money matters. And no wonder – there’s plenty of information out there but even the idiot’s guides are complicated.

We thought we could help by sharing our own challenges and giving some quick pointers to get you on the right path, whatever side of the tracks you’re on. And as we're just starting out, please bear with us as we continue to add articles, blogs and generally get to grips with the inevitable glitches ...

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Ten tips for choosing the best student bank account

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Spring 2017 suggestions for beginner investors

Picking your first fund

How to choose the right investment for you

How to be safe online

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How to object to planning applications

Ten steps to fighting the developers on your doorstep

Filling in your tax return

Ten tips for paying tax

What is a tracker fund?

Letting computers take the strain of investing

Putting you through to mobile phone insurance

Ten steps to connecting with cover

Saving for Christmas

The most wonderfully expensive time of the year

Is it equitable?

How equity release works

Does loyalty pay?

How to get your points to make prizes

How to find a financial adviser

Get the right steer by avoiding the cowboys

How to switch current accounts

Ditch your bad bank for a better deal

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