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November 2012

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

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

Published 30 November 2012 by

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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November 2012

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

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

Published 30 November 2012 by

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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November 2012

Faster bank account switching is on its way

Faster bank account switching is on its way

Published 28 November 2012 by

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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November 2012

How would a VAT increase to 25% affect you?

How would a VAT increase to 25% affect you?

Published 27 November 2012 by

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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November 2012

Over six million people in working households in poverty

Over six million people in working households in poverty

Published 26 November 2012 by

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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November 2012

EU Gender Directive - how will it affect you?

EU Gender Directive - how will it affect you?

Published 26 November 2012 by

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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November 2012

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

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

Published 23 November 2012 by

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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November 2012

2.5m households 'struggling to pay bills'

2.5m households 'struggling to pay bills'

Published 22 November 2012 by

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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November 2012

Dan's Christmas Deals for Mum - 23.11.12

Dan's Christmas Deals for Mum - 23.11.12

Published 22 November 2012 by

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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November 2012

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

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

Published 21 November 2012 by

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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November 2012

Government plans to cut energy tariffs

Government plans to cut energy tariffs

Published 20 November 2012 by

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

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November 2012

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

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

Published 19 November 2012 by

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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November 2012

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

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

Published 19 November 2012 by

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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November 2012

Dan's Deals - 16.11.12

Dan's Deals - 16.11.12

Published 16 November 2012 by

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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November 2012

Twenty ways to raise money for charity - for free

Twenty ways to raise money for charity - for free

Published 15 November 2012 by

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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November 2012

39% of people 'have never switched bank accounts'

39% of people 'have never switched bank accounts'

Published 15 November 2012 by

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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November 2012

Next generation of bank cards: with displays…

Next generation of bank cards: with displays…

Published 14 November 2012 by

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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November 2012

How much will energy prices rise?

How much will energy prices rise?

Published 13 November 2012 by

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

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November 2012

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

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

Published 12 November 2012 by

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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November 2012

Dan's Deals - 09.11.12

Dan's Deals - 09.11.12

Published 9 November 2012 by

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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November 2012

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

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

Published 8 November 2012 by

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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November 2012

Low rates shouldn't discourage you from saving

Low rates shouldn't discourage you from saving

Published 7 November 2012 by

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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November 2012

Household bills are families' 'biggest worry'

Household bills are families' 'biggest worry'

Published 6 November 2012 by

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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November 2012

Start saving now for Christmas lunch

Start saving now for Christmas lunch

Published 5 November 2012 by

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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November 2012

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

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

Published 2 November 2012 by

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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November 2012

Have you checked your bank statement lately?

Have you checked your bank statement lately?

Published 1 November 2012 by

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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November 2012

Is long-term financial planning included in your budget?

Is long-term financial planning included in your budget?

Published 1 November 2012 by

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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November 2012

Dan's Deals - 02.11.12

Dan's Deals - 02.11.12

Published 1 November 2012 by

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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