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How to understand your finance ‘bumps’

Provident customers tell us that they know how to budget and that they do this on a daily basis. Budgeting is a very personal exercise as everyone has their own way to do this. What’s more, only you know when you get paid, what your spending is and what your financial commitments are. However, a challenge for budgeters is knowing where their ‘bumps in the road’ are - the times of year which tend to be expen ...

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How to encourage your kids to budget

Encouraging your kids to understand that money doesn’t grow on trees can be tricky - how to explain tax, household expenses or even how to start saving can be daunting. Here are some simple tips to help you educate your kids on all things finance! Communicate From an early age, chat openly with your children about money, where it comes from and what it’s spent on. If you can’t afford to buy something, expla ...

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WIN! One of six £25 Love2Shop vouchers, from Kingston Unity!

Kingston Unity has provided savings and protection products for its members since 1840. The Society has a proud heritage, mutual status and supports its members’ investment and protection needs. Kingston Unity has around 100,000 members across the UK and provides financial services such as Investment NISAs, Investment Bonds and regular savings plans. They are giving six lucky At Home ...

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Pros and cons of paying your children and teens for completing tasks

Chores. Everyone does them and nobody loves them. Getting children to help around the house teaches them many valuable lessons about growing up, but should you be paying your children for their help? Here’s a list of pros and cons to help you decide what’s best for you. The Pros The first rule of economics is that people respond to incentives. Whether you’re a child or adult, there’s no exception to the rul ...

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Choosing the right mortgage for you

First-time buyer?  For first-time buyers, choosing a mortgage may seem like a confusing process. Which is the best first-time buyer mortgage to go for? How much can you borrow? What deposit will you need? With so many questions, when you are buying your first home, the most important thing you can do is to seek professional advice. Buying a house will be one of the most important purchases you'll ever make. ...

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Can you really afford your mortgage?

Before falling head over heels in love with your dream home, take a reality check and ask the most important question of all. Can you really afford the monthly repayments on a mortgage for this property? A home is the largest investment most of us will ever make, so seriously engage brain and calculator before whipping out a paint colour chart. Under new rules issued by the FCA, your mortgage lender has a r ...

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