Stress – how do you keep it under control?

Over 44% of us suffer from stress on a regular basis. And according to the latest stats from the Health and Safety Executive show that over 488,000 people had work-related stress last year - especially those who work in healthcare, education and the armed forces. So how can we keep stress under control? How can we spot signs of stress? Here’s a mini guide to recognising and coping with...

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Fraudsters and how to keep your money safe

As technology grows, so does the cyber crime. Every 15 seconds someone in the UK is scammed out of their money online. Financial Fraud Action UK said there was a 53% increase compared to the year before! More of us are using our credit and debit cards online and divulging our bank details, making it easier for scammers to target people. Our 3 quick steps to keep your money safe...

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Summer saving tips

  Summer brings a whole host of different advantages to saving money. Yes, the kids may be on the big summer holiday, but it doesn’t mean it’s a more expensive time than any other season. As well as summer money saving tips, we bring you some ideas on how to have an amazing time by saving money on brilliant days out! Saving can be fun Here’s a clever trick we hold as a firm...

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What finance is best for you

Finance is a broad term - there are so many options available to you. From store cards to short-term loans, there’s no shortage of how you can get credit, regardless of your credit rating. Over 60 million credit cards were in use last year and over 2 million people took out a short-term loan, showing that lending can be a safe option. The short-term loan industry has really improved in the...

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What your tax pays for…

There are just over 30 million taxpayers in the UK at the moment - that’s around 46% out of the total population of the UK. While that may look like over half of the population are avoiding paying tax, that definitely isn’t the case. Children, OAPs and the unemployed don’t have to pay tax, of course. But where does your tax go? What does your tax pay for? How are the government...

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Car maintenance – cut the amount of cash you give to the garage

The average hourly rate for garage repair stands at £75 - and if you go to a BMW dealer it can cost over £200! But getting your car fixed doesn’t have to be a financial pain - there are some brilliant ways to save some serious cash when you need to take your car into the garage for repair Travel further away from home We’re not talking driving 100 miles away (think of the petrol...

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How to get on the property ladder?

The average house price in the UK at the moment is £205,240. While that may sound like a lot - this year is set to be a great time to get on the property ladder. Growth in house prices is set to decrease from 4.5% to 2%, so now may be a better time than ever to get a mortgage. Owning your own house is a popular life milestone - it’s truly a place you can call your own! But how do you get...

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UK unemployment coming down but is it easy to find a job?

Unemployment levels may have fallen to just 1.6 million people - which accounts for 23.25 million full-time workers and 8.55 million part-time workers. So, at 0.77 applicants per vacancy, does it mean it’s now easier than ever to find a job? So why has the level of unemployment fallen? The decrease in unemployment in recent years could be down to so many different factors. Here are just...

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Can people afford to work for charity?

With over 195,000 registered charities to choose from, it seems it would be easy to find a job in the voluntary sector. From helping out in animal shelters to donating time to helping children to read, there’s no shortage of charities in the UK. Most people take on voluntary work as a hobby in their area of interest - but can people afford to work for charity as their main job? How does a...

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