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How to plan and save effectively

Planning and saving doesn’t have to be difficult. The key to successful saving is good planning. Set a goal and make it achievable…then sit back and watch the cash mount up. It sounds remarkably simple, and it really is. The first thing to do is identify where you can make cut backs and save the money you would have spent. Can you reduce your standing orders, supermarket bill, housing costs or even debt? Th ...

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My children and money – your questions answered

Children start to shape their attitude towards money aged as young as seven. So whether you give them pocket money or not, you are already a huge influence on how they will spend money when they are older. Though there are no right or wrong answers when it comes to teaching your children about money, there are a few questions that parents ask over and over again. Combining findings from research completed b ...

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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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What summer can teach kids about money

It is more than likely your summer months are set to be full of activity. Suddenly finding yourself with a child (if not more) to keep entertained is a full-time task. As the last few weeks of school kick in, their minds start to turn to important topics like ‘Alton Towers or Thorpe Park?’ and ‘what am I going to buy for my holiday?’ Expensive stuff right? Well, if you can capture their attention for long e ...

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How to keep track of your spending

Keeping track of your spending can be a tricky affair, especially if you have children to provide for. With rent, mortgage and other prices going up, and wages staying somewhat stagnant in comparison, it can sometimes be difficult to keep up with your bills. However, there are many ways in which you can save money, keep track of your spending and reduce financial stress at the same time…  1. Budget isn’t a ...

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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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How and why you should save for retirement

Are you one of the many people not putting money aside for retirement? Find out how, and why, you should save up for your prime When it comes to investing in a new, exciting venture such as buying a house, everyone errs on the side of caution. People ask themselves questions such as, ‘Am I getting the best deal on a mortgage?’ and ‘What sort of loan shall I take out?’ Others devote hours to research in orde ...

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Wonderful winter savings!

From rising heating and electricity bills, to expensive Christmas decorations and presents, this time of year can be an expensive one. Even trying to entertain the kids while they're on their school holidays can rack up the costs – but fear not. Here are some great winter savings on decorations and food during the festive period. Home-made decorations Adorning the Christmas tree with gleaming and glittering ...

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