Mr Minted saves money cancelling old direct debits

Mr Minted saves money cancelling old direct debits
With more time on my hands, I have had limited excuses to not get on with doing all the things I said I was too busy (Mrs Minted prefers the word ‘special’) to do.  I had meant to review my standing orders and direct debits for some time. I was recently told that the consumer had the power to d...
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What to do if you lose your Kindle

What to do if you lose your Kindle
What a drag – back to school and back to reality after a wonderful holiday in the Far East. Team Minted aimed to follow that responsible travel advice of taking only photographs and leaving only footprints, which we did, to a certain extent. We also brought home a few stomach bugs plus I left my Kin...
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Why parents really should look at Help to Buy

Why parents really should look at Help to Buy
Getting kids on to the property ladder is not a worry for me yet but I can see it’s an issue for quite a few other parents. Like many other things, it was a lot easier back in the day. I bought my first one-bedroom apartment in Oval for a whopping £56,000 at the age of 26. Ah, if only I’d kept it. N...
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How to get cheap opera tickets

How to get cheap opera tickets
While thousands of tourists flock to London’s Royal Opera House (ROH), for many of us opera remains unapproachable, elusive, and above all, too expensive. This is fake news, however, when opera tickets are more affordable than you think – and less highbrow too. A seat at the ROH may cost as little a...
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Jane is taking a break this week

Jane is taking a break this week
I'm on hols this week. Back with the blogs from next Tuesday. Hope you managed to get some good time off over Easter!
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Mr Minted goes to Lidl

Mr Minted goes to Lidl
As regular readers will know already, I’ve recently been made redundant. Although it’s never nice to lose your job, we’re lucky that the Minted finances are relatively sound for the immediate future. However, it does mean the family is somewhat less Minted than it was. Jane took the news of a 15% cu...
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Stock markets are down so time to Bed & Isa

Stock markets are down so time to Bed & Isa
With stock markets on the slide, should you invest in shares? The FTSE 100 dropped below the 7,000 floor last week and is struggling to recover. It doesn’t look very inviting. It could be a buying opportunity but not everyone has the stomach for that. One alternative is to use the downturn to have a...
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Down but not out: Mr Minted deals with redundancy

Down but not out: Mr Minted deals with redundancy
There is no way of painting this any different to the real picture. We’ve had one of those sudden life changes: Mr Minted has been made redundant. While it was not wholly unexpected, it’s still a bit of a shock. Redundancy really does have such a huge impact on your confidence levels and, of course,...
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Jane
Thanks! Luckily I'm working in the money-saving industry!
Thursday, 22 March 2018 21:15
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Post Office v Travel Money Club v WeSwap: who wins on holiday cash?

Post Office v Travel Money Club v WeSwap: who wins on holiday cash?
The end of term is on the horizon. Easter is fast approaching and if you’re going away for the holidays, now is the time to order foreign currency to avoid getting ripped off at the airport. There are all sorts of pre-loaded currency cards available now which offer great deals. The Minted family tra...
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Got no money? You can still use your Isa allowance

Got no money? You can still use your Isa allowance
Virgin sent me a letter last week to check if I was still alive. Bless! They didn’t quite say it like that, of course. It was more along the lines of: ‘We’re worried your details aren’t correct’. I knew what they really meant though. Virgin was right to be concerned. There had been no activity on my...
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#UniversityCosts: what your kids need you to know

#UniversityCosts: what your kids need you to know
Some Year 12 pupils (or Lower Sixth formers) are already thinking about open days at university and perhaps preparing their personal statement for applications. Of course, all mums would want their kids to have the chance of higher education. But are they thinking about their child graduating with £...
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Hurry! Deadline for kids’ #saving is approaching fast

Hurry! Deadline for kids’ #saving is approaching fast
It’s time to pass the hat around relatives and godparents to top up (or start) a Junior Isa for your kids as the end of the tax year looms. This year you can put away up to £4,128 in a Junior Isa or Jisa. This is a saving scheme which shelters the returns on the cash from tax. But you must do it by ...
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How I managed finally to #payoffChristmas

How I managed finally to #payoffChristmas
It’s been a long old slog – quite the marathon – but at last I have repaid my massive overspend from Christmas: a whopping £1,000. Fortunately this was savings money I had borrowed from myself so I didn’t have to pay any credit card interest. That doesn’t mean it’s free cash. It means I’ve been with...
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Liz Kershaw
Just a thought ref money saving v quality on kitchen items like the stick blender ... some time ago I discovered that buying from ... Read More
Tuesday, 13 March 2018 08:42
Jane
Top tip thanks! I will give them a go!
Tuesday, 13 March 2018 08:59
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What to do with #oldtenners

What to do with #oldtenners
Today is the last day that paper £10 notes are legal tender. If you ever needed an excuse to spend money, this is a good one: use up those Darwin tenners today because no-one will be accepting them from tomorrow. But don’t worry if you do find some down the back of the sofa after the deadline has pa...
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Five precautions for this week's #snow

Five precautions for this week's #snow
Where’s this Beast from the East then? The weather forecast has predicted a large snowfall this week with all sorts of thrilling language such as ‘polar vortex’ and ‘Siberian blast’. I was expecting large wedges of white in Little Cashington. I’d say all we’ve seen so far is a little dusting. T...
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Help! Elderly parents not online locked out of best #savings deals

Help! Elderly parents not online locked out of best #savings deals
Has anyone noticed that all the best savings deals are online only? I cast my eye over the top 20 offers on Moneyfacts the other day and found only three of them (all from the same bank, Axis) had any access other than electronic. Axis does offer branch access too, well done to them, but they only h...
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Five ways to get #fit for free

Five ways to get #fit for free
Do you underestimate the amount of calories you eat every day? That was yesterday’s headline on the Daily Telegraph.  Apparently the obesity crisis is all about no-one knowing exactly how fattening a Hob-nob is – leading to overindulgence. There may be some truth in the notion but, in my own ca...
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Five #investment tips for #YearoftheDog

Five #investment tips for #YearoftheDog
Happy Chinese New Year! Tomorrow marks the start of the Year of the Dog – see my own decorations in the picture. As a Dog myself (in Chinese horoscope terms, that is) I’m hoping to double up on any good luck available. One of the Chinese New Year traditions is to give money to younger relatives (and...
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Alan
So CHINA is not a win win situation for investors...? As someone with limited knowledge of these things they appear to be progress... Read More
Monday, 19 February 2018 14:55
Jane
It's a shame they don't have Year of the Cat. I'm sure it would be very auspicious.
Monday, 19 February 2018 15:37
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Five ways to deal with a wobbly #stockmarket

Five ways to deal with a wobbly #stockmarket
In the busy run up to half-term last week, you may not have noticed that the stock market plunged. It recovered a bit, but not to its recent heady heights. So far this week, it’s been basically flat as today’s obligatory dessert. The original drop was quite steep and affects everyone with an investm...
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Is #SkyTV really worth it?

Is #SkyTV really worth it?
I don’t believe it! The average monthly bill for Sky has apparently fallen for the first time ever. That may be so in TV Wonderland but not in the Minted household where TV fees seem to be on a one-way journey: up. I ditched Sky back in 2016 when my monthly bill hit £31.75. That was the basic packag...
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