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Best bank accounts for children 11 and over: our guide to the top payers

Bank accounts for 11 year olds? Whatever next? Scarily it is possible for your tweenager to have a fully functioning debit card of their own at such a tender age. Some parents will worry that this kind of access to cash means going overboard on in-game purchases. The flip side of the argument is tha...
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Ghostly goings-on for half-term and Halloween

Half-term this year for most of us won’t stretch over Halloween which is a shame. All the fun will be on a school night for Team Minted which somewhat cramps our style. Never mind, there’s half term beforehand to make the most of the phantasmagoric fun with the kids. Most of which costs, of course. ...
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Five best apps to limit kids’ screen time

Most of the arguments in our house centre on how much time the mini Minteds spend on their phones. There’s nothing more depressing than seeing a teenager disengaged from family life (or any kind of life) sitting in a darkened room, plugged into Snapchat. But there are ways to fight back. There are l...
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My tips to get the best mobile phone contracts for kids

Much as I resent the amount of time the mini-Minteds spend plugged into their phones, I’m also paying for it so I need to find the most cost-effective contract. Both of them have fully paid-up handsets which have a good few years of usage in them. That puts me firmly in the SIM-only market. We’ve be...
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Most insurers won’t cover mobile phones for under-18s: my solutions

If your child is starting secondary school next month, it’s more than likely part of the new kit will be their first ever smartphone. Whether it’s an ancient Apple or a brand new Galaxy, the phone will need to be insured. And here’s the problem. Most standalone mobile phone polices won’t cover kids ...
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Six alternative ideas for cheap half-term fun

Half-term is imminent – where does the time go? Mercifully it looks as if it will be mostly warm. Still, even when the sun shines, entertaining the kids can be pretty expensive if you go to theme parks or museums. I’ve put together a few alternative (and cheap) ideas for holiday family fun – suitabl...
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Easy ways to teach kids about personal finance

Big news from the Minted household: Darling Son has turned 13 which means he is entitled to swop his weekly pocket money for a monthly allowance. The downside (for all of us) is that he has to use the money to buy his own clothes. I have explained to him that he cannot wear Call of Duty and tha...
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Should I let my 14-year old take beer to parties?

With the end of term approaching, festivities are well underway. Dear Daughter has been invited to back-to-back parties over a 48-hour period. I’ve agreed to her going because isn’t it nice for her to hang out with her friends in other people’s gardens while enjoying a can of coke or lemonade? Hold ...
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Putting aside that it's illegal and bad for them, you can't win either way. Our child isn't fussed about drinking but asked to ta... Read More
Thursday, 06 July 2017 10:23
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Can you get half-term fun for half-price?

I was dreading this half-term. All the children wanted to do was stay home and hang out with friends. Which as every mum knows translates into five days spent inside on the computer and/or social media. While I’ve saved myself a few thousand quid on a skiing holiday, I couldn’t let it lie. We needed...
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How (not) to get children interested in shares

As part of the countdown to Christmas, the winner of Team Minted’s annual share-picking competition can now be announced. Bearing in mind all my accumulated knowledge gained through years of writing about investing, the results were utterly predictable: I came last. The idea was to pick three s...
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Team Minted's share portfolio is pants

We are halfway through Team Minted’s share-picking competition and the value of my investment experience is becoming clear. Twenty plus years of financial journalism and I'm second to last on the results table. Worse, I am 6.5% down. So of my initial stake of £3.00 (one pound per share, come on it’s...
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How to make little gold fingers

Mid-way through half-term and the strain is starting to tell ... Instead of doing anything fun like carving pumpkins or making Halloween cakes, I've decided to try to interest the children in the stock market. The idea is to pick three companies each and follow the progress of their share prices up ...
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