Anna Seale's picture

As a 16-year-old who's just finished her GCSEs, it's fair to say I have little to no financial awareness. Students of my age are being faced with our first fiscal problem: we're granted independence with money, yet we have no idea how to use it. When my handling of money extends to collecting pennies in a jar, it's clear that our school curriculum is lacking.

Hannah Nemeth's picture

Before I bought my studio flat in Camden six years ago, I hadn’t given much thought to the disadvantages of buying a property leasehold – and in a large early Victorian house divided into five flats, owning the property freehold was not an option.

MoneywiseEditorMark's picture
Buying a mobile phone is a little like trying to solve some ancient mathematical riddle such as Fermat’s last theorem. There are so many permutations you have to work through in order to find the right ratio of cost and benefit, that it kind of drives you bonkers.
Laura Whitcombe's picture

Before I became a homeowner, my dad warned me that my house would be a bottomless money pit. And boy, was he right.

I finally got on the property ladder in the South East two years ago. And since then, I’ve had the two most expensive years of my life. And my house is squarely to blame (ok, my wedding didn’t help but that’s another story).

Laura Whitcombe's picture
Did you see the O2 adverts loudly proclaiming it’s been busy automatically halving bills? You couldn’t miss the ads in London – they were plastered over the enormous 40-metre long digital billboard at Waterloo Station, and all over the Tube. They annoyed me – greatly.
Laura Whitcombe's picture

The problem with energy switching is it’s painfully dull and takes far too long. But it starts off easily enough. You simply punch in your postcode into a comparison site, along with how much energy you use or how much you pay for it and some details about your current tariff. Then up springs a list of all the deals that could save you money.

SkintDad's picture
Being in debt is something that has been part of my everyday life for as long as I can remember. Since my late teens, throughout my 20s, and into my early 30s, I've been in the red. It all started when I was 18 and I sadly lost both my parents to cancer.
MoneywiseEditorMark's picture
Saying sorry is simple enough. Even my 18-month-old son has mastered the art, which he unfortunately has to demonstrate all too often – usually after whacking his older sister over the head with a hard plastic toy or slapping me in the face when he’s tired.
MissThrifty's picture
Everybody makes financial mistakes: from doomed marriages to house insurance stuff-ups, life can sometimes feel like a high-speed car chase around the edges of various money pits.
robgood4's picture

“It’s only £1,000 a month, in a great area, mate. A real bargain.”

And so, early on Saturday, began the latest episode in the seemingly never-ending saga of trying to find somewhere to live.

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