November 2012

We need your help! Which gift should we donate to the Seashell Trust?

30 November 2012

We want to ask our customers for their help! We have a choice of gifts and we want you to help us pick which gift we donate, on behalf of our customers this Christmas. Please click here and give us your vote!

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Dan's Christmas Deals for Dad - 30/11/2012

30 November 2012

This week, I've searched online for a wide selection of gifts that could make the ideal Christmas present for Dads everywhere. From music and DVDs to watches and thrill-seeking days out, why not save some time and money with these ideas?

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Faster bank account switching is on its way

28 November 2012

The time it takes to switch bank accounts will come down to just seven days in September next year, making the process much simpler.

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How would a VAT increase to 25% affect you?

27 November 2012

The Institute of Fiscal Studies has said that VAT may need to be increased to 25% in order to meet future debt targets. If this were to happen, the prices of certain products would be affected.

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Over six million people in working households in poverty

26 November 2012

Over six million people in working households are in poverty, a report indicates. That figure is higher than the 5.1 million people in the UK (excluding pensioners) in workless households in poverty.

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EU Gender Directive - how will it affect you?

26 November 2012

The EU Gender Directive will affect how much women and men pay for insurance from 21 December 2012, as it becomes illegal to base prices on gender.

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Number of free-to-use cash machines hits record high

23 November 2012

The number of free-to-use cash machines in Britain now accounts for 68% of the UK's ATM network, with an increase in the number of machines in deprived areas.

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2.5m households 'struggling to pay bills'

22 November 2012

A survey indicates that 2.5 million UK households are struggling to pay their bills - 300,000 more since the start of the recession. But there are ways you could help to ensure your bills don't get the better of you.

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Dan's Christmas Deals for Mum - 23.11.12

22 November 2012

Looking for the ideal gift for Mum this Christmas? Well look no further. Here's our pick of some of the best seasonal savings and deals online.

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1 in 8 struggle to manage their finances - Measuring National Well-being report

21 November 2012

More than 1 in 8 of us now find it difficult to manage our finances, according to the first Measuring National Well-being report - with incomes dropping to a level last seen in 2008.

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Government plans to cut energy tariffs

20 November 2012

The Government will tell energy companies to limit energy tariffs to four choices - and place customers on the cheapest one.

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Banking customers paid out £650m in penalty fees in past year

19 November 2012

In the past year alone, UK banking customers paid out nearly £650m in penalty fees and charges. However, there are accounts available that could help people avoid unexpected fees.

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Doing the maths could pay when it comes to 'special offers'

19 November 2012

Multibuys can save you money, but if you're not careful they can actually end up costing you more. This article could help you to decide whether multibuys are actually 'worth it', plus see some other tips for saving money on your food bill.

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Dan's Deals - 16.11.12

16 November 2012

Another weekend - another selection of some of the best deals around. You could save money on everything from hair & beauty products to spa days, children's toys and even treats for your pets!

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Twenty ways to raise money for charity - for free

15 November 2012

Fundraising events can be expensive to set up - but there are ways you can raise money for free (or very cheaply).

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39% of people 'have never switched bank accounts'

15 November 2012

According to a survey, 39% of people have always stuck with the same bank account. However, people could be missing out on a more suitable account for their needs - and it's not just standard accounts on the high street that could offer the best option.

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Next generation of bank cards: with displays…

14 November 2012

The 'next generation' of bank cards come with a display - and even touch-sensitive buttons. So what do they offer cardholders?

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How much will energy prices rise?

13 November 2012

Five of the big six energy suppliers have announced price rises. We summarise the rises here.

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Overdraft or credit card: how would you prefer to fund Christmas?

12 November 2012

Overdrafts are becoming increasingly expensive, so it's worth considering other ways to fund Christmas - such as using credit cards carefully, and making sure you're budgeting effectively with the money you already have.

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Dan's Deals - 09.11.12

9 November 2012

Want to save some money this weekend? Well look no further. These deals could cut the cost of everything from furniture to food, Christmas trees to PS3 games.

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Over a third 'will use savings' to cover cost of Christmas

8 November 2012

Over a third of us expect to turn to savings this year to afford our Christmas spending, according to a poll by MoneySupermarket.com. With less than eight weeks to go, we look at how you could maximise your spending pot.

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Low rates shouldn't discourage you from saving

7 November 2012

Even though savings rates are generally poor at the moment, it's still well worth putting money away each month. Making sure you plan your budget could help you get into a regular savings habit.

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Household bills are families' 'biggest worry'

6 November 2012

Almost half of UK households rank bills at the top of their list of worries - and with energy prices set to rise again soon, more people could find themselves struggling. But there are ways you can protect yourself.

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Start saving now for Christmas lunch

5 November 2012

The average cost of Christmas lunch is £93 according to a survey. Budgeters - that's less than £14 a week from now until mid-December.

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Basic bank accounts: new calls for industry to 'act equally'

2 November 2012

A consumer watchdog has called for 'minimum standards' to be introduced to ensure basic bank accounts providers act equally. However, there are alternative options available too.

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Have you checked your bank statement lately?

1 November 2012

A survey of bank account customers found that most use Direct Debits, but many aren't aware of all the regular payments leaving their account every month.

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Is long-term financial planning included in your budget?

1 November 2012

It seems it's easier for couples to focus on day-to-day financial decisions than to look way into the future. Sorting out their household budget could make their finances run more smoothly - allowing them to do more long-term financial planning.

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Dan's Deals - 02.11.12

1 November 2012

This week, Dan's Deals looks at Bonfire Night essentials, winter warmers and your Christmas shopping. Start your winter with a bang - for less.

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