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How switching energy provider could save you hundreds

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With wage inflation still low and many families continuing to feel the pressure financially, cutting costs is uppermost in many householders’ minds in order to free up their disposable income. One key issue that keeps recurring in the media in particular is that of the cost of domestic energy, with the so-called ‘Big Six’ energy companies coming in for repeated criticism for their charges which are often perceived to be excessive, with profits at the core of their ethos.

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The Mechanics of Car Finance

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According to Mintel, since 2009, consumers demand for car finance has grown strongly. Nearly 2 million plans were sold at point-of-sale through dealerships in 2014, a rise of 13% on 2013; evidence of this growth.

 

Considering the impact of the 2008 recession, this shift in consumer behaviour is hardly surprising.  People are more conscious of their expenditure and are less inclined to spend outside of their means. Financing can be beneficial for consumers because the affordable repayment plans that it inherits can enable people to get a better model/spec of car than they might otherwise have been able to afford.

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Travel Insurance: The Full Monty

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You wouldn’t purchase the first holiday listed in the search engine results, so why should you do so when it comes to travel insurance? Given how much it could save you, shopping around and not just accepting the first policy the travel agency offers is advisable.

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The Postcode Lottery of Car Repair Bills

The cost of keeping your car on the road may be one of the biggest drains on your finances, especially as vehicle breakdowns tend to occur spontaneously with little advance warning. However, even if your car is relatively new or reliable, even the price of regular servicing can be crippling. Read More »


How could The National Living Wage affect Consumers?

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The national minimum wage, introduced by Tony Blair’s Labour government in 1999 at a now almost laughably thrifty £3.50 an hour and standing at £6.50 an hour today, up to  fair pay for workers across the United Kingdom and is now pretty much a universally supported idea politicians of all parties.

 

Earlier this month, the Conservative Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, announced a new national living wage for all UK workers over the age of 25. Starting at £7.20 an hour in 2016, and rising to £9 an hour by 2020, this new legislation will essentially replace the national minimum wage. Read More »


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