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How to get divorced in 2019

With January comes the cold weather as well as the peak season for divorce. Christmas, with its tensions over money and family, can often be the final straw, leading to New Year’s resolutions for some to split up once and for all. Divorce is emotionally gruelling and it’s difficult to concentrate on...
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Kids can’t even boil a kettle: did we do something wrong?

es This is a poster in the kitchen of student accommodation at the University of Bristol. As you can see, it’s instructions on how to boil a kettle and use a microwave. When I saw this picture, I assumed the poster was there because the students weren’t used to industrial-scale machines in the share...
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Why we need to teach school kids about money NOW

What are your kids doing at school at the moment? Mine seems to be playing a lot of rounders but not much else. It was the same when I was young: you don’t really do anything at school in the few weeks before the summer break. So why not fill the time with something actually useful: a skill that arg...
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Can you actually make money from cards or accounts?

There’s no such thing as free money: or is there? But then there are rewards for moving your current account, spending on a credit card or a shop reward scheme. Surely they must be worth doing? Let’s take cashback and reward credit cards. According to experts Moneyfacts, shoppers using these schemes...
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How to save money on shopping

I hate trying things on in shops – the easy way to make yourself really miserable is trying on a dress in a tiny changing room when you’ve got odd socks on and haven’t shaved your legs. And the mirrors are like those in old fashioned amusement arcades. Buying make up is out because I have a real fea...
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Who could get your cash out or pay bills if you weren’t able to?

Here's a gloomy topic for an otherwise sunny Thursday: what would happen to your bills and bank accounts if you were run over by a bus and couldn’t use a cash-point or a computer? The same goes for elderly parents if they start becoming a bit forgetful or, worse, succumb to any one of a list of...
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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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Will investing with Woodford funds double your money?

Meet Neil Woodford. He has the Midas touch. Quite literally. He’s possibly the most famous fund manager in the UK right now – and he’s got a proposition for you. How does 5% interest on your money sound? The new CF Woodford Income Focus fund looks tasty indeed. Don’t be put off by the grand name – t...
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