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Your money and Brexit 2019: what should we all be doing?

All this Brexit nonsense is very unsettling: there’s my understatement of the year. Like most people, I’m worried about my money, particularly as NOBODY knows what is going to happen ultimately. Selling everything, banking the cash and hiding in a hole until it’s all over is tempting but a bit extre...
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When is the best time to book a holiday?

It’s hardly original to suggest that this might be a bit of a challenging year. And January is always a month to be endured rather than enjoyed what with all that resolution keeping and breaking. So it’s a good time to think ahead to the spring and summer – and that means sorting out this year’s hol...
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Dreaming of moving abroad? Here’s the reality.

While the UK has been blessed with perfect weather for the past few weeks, somehow the sun is always brighter aboard: which is why this weekend marks the peak exodus of Brits to foreign holiday resorts. Because while eating fish & chips watching the English Channel is great, it doesn’t really co...
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Fun things to do that mums enjoy too

Have the holidays arrived already? With the UK nearly as hot as the Med, it feels like all we’ll need is a paddling pool and a few Magnums to keep the kids entertained this summer. Still, as there’s only so much fun you can have with a super-soaker, I’ve compiled a handy list of things to do that im...
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Spare us the Facebook holiday photos – and stop the burglars

Do you remember having to go to Boots to pick up your holiday snaps? You handed your roll of film in then a few days later, got the prints complete with all the duff shots which you binned straight away. How great is it that you can now take photos with a phone and delete dodgy ones straight away. A...
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How to save money on half-term holidays

We’re not going away for half term. In idle moments I do dream about a short break to a nice European city – I fancy Copenhagen or Vienna. But the boy doesn’t do culture. He wants to spend half term in bed or playing football or Fifa. Well, at least that’s cheap. However we did go away in the summer...
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10 great reasons for a family summer holiday in Cornwall

It’s almost that time of year when Team Minted decamps to north Cornwall, with friends, for a short summer break. We go to the same large, but scruffy, house every year near Padstow and squeeze in us, another family and Grandpa. It’s hectic and messy and as close to that Enid Blyton endless summer a...
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The five hidden costs of a USA holiday

I’ve been in Florida for about two weeks now and I can confidently report that the US is no longer a cheap destination for British holidaymakers. In fact, I’m not sure it ever was. Friends would come back from New York with tales of shopping triumphs but whenever I went looking - which was not often...
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Cheap as chips US holiday just piled on the pounds

Look at what I got in my shopping trolley - or cart, as they say here. I confess, I let the kids go mad in a Florida supermarket and guess what, no vegetables came back. I think this little display probably entitles me to receive the Bad Mother of the Year award for disservices to child nutrition. I...
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How does anyone afford a family holiday these days?

Will summer ever come? This unending, grey cold is making me ill, I swear. My normal antidote would be to book a family break somewhere hot (see photo of the Philippines above, yes please!). This year though it’s different – has anyone noticed how expensive flights are at the moment? I’m looking at ...
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