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SkintDad's picture

With the new academic year starting, and my middle daughter entering Year 5, my thoughts start to turn to the exams that she will be taking over the next 12 to 18 months. She's a bright spark and I feel confident in her ability to knuckle down, work hard and fully prepare herself but is that enough? Or will hiring a private tutor give her an advantage?

Laura Whitcombe's picture

I’ve just returned home from a six-day trip to Sardinia. It was my first visit to Italy, and it coincided with my first experience of shoddy service from an airline.

Laura Whitcombe's picture

What do bodily fluids, chocolate, fishing rods, mirrors and guitars have in common? No, not a dodgy camping trip. The answer is Parcel Monkey. More specifically, it’s that they’re all on the delivery company’s restricted items list.

MoneywiseEditorMark's picture
The new pensions freedom is undoubtedly a good thing. From next April people will no longer have to purchase an annuity. Instead, they will be free to take their funds as a lump sum, use income drawdown, go down the annuity route or adopt a mixture of the above.
 
MissThrifty's picture

Until relatively recently, coupons were the preserve of select groups of shoppers, namely harassed mums and the skint brigade. Now it seems that everybody is using them. Coupons are certainly more plentiful than they used to be but there has also been a shift in attitude.

SkintDad's picture
Six weeks – that’s a long time for a child. It’s even longer for a parent if you’ve made no plans over the summer holiday. Then add on the costs of keeping them entertained and it makes the break feel even longer – and my wallet starts to seize up.
 
MoneywiseEditorMark's picture

Forget about World Cup fever, this summer is all about Isa excitement as the country’s savers benefit from the introduction of new Isa rules that will boost their savings. If you haven’t considered saving before, now is the time to take advantage of the new and improved ‘Nicer Isa’, aka the New Isa, which is being introduced on 1 July.

Laura Whitcombe's picture

I’m not very good at getting up early, so I never have time to make myself a sandwich for work – nor am I organised enough to box up leftovers to have for lunch either.

I’ve just realised my laziness has cost me at least £700 in shop-bought lunches over the space of a year.

Mark Stammers's picture

As the warm days of summer finally arrive in the UK most of us have forgotten the harsh winter that brought high winds and flooding to many parts of the country.

While some of the worst affected are still in the process of rebuilding and refurnishing their properties, I have just had my very minor home damage fixed after a rather epic and drawn-out process with my insurer.

MoneywiseEditorMark's picture

I was an advocate of Sky’s Now TV service from day one. As a Sky customer paying £21.50 a month for its basic ‘Original’ TV package (formerly known as the ‘Entertainment pack’), upgrading to movies or sport would cost me an extra £16 or £22 a month respectively.

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