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Thursday 19th September 2019

Life & Home

Mouthy Money

Emma Leaven and the green, green road tax

This cartoon is part of a series of graphic strips by Steve Bee, author of the Pension Guru cartoons. Join Emma and her family as they muddle through life puzzling over any-and-all things personal finance.

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Why I think the “FIRE Movement” for financial independence is unrealistic

As a blogger I read a lot of online posts and articles about personal finance. A newish trend that has popped up a lot is people writing about financial independence, the FIRE movement. FIRE = financially independent retire early. There are many stories of people who have built up enough savings/investments to generate passive income…

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The rise of investing for good – putting your money where your morals are

Everyone needs savings. The all-important rainy day fund is still a must. But once it reaches a healthy size – enough to cover essential outgoings for around six months – it’s right to start thinking about how to make savings work harder. That means investing it. Investments are for the long-term – years into the future. How…

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Saving the planet really *doesn’t* cost the Earth

As citizens of the world, it’s fast becoming apparent that in order to preserve this blue planet, we must each make personal choices to mitigate the harm that we do to it. This doesn’t have to be expensive, and being a responsible Earthling can, in fact, save you money. Here’s a small incomprehensive list of…

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Why loyalty counts for nothing in insurance and banking

Customer loyalty was an important part of the insurance and banking world in years gone by. But today loyalty is blatantly discouraged and anyone who shows an iota of loyalty is actually penalised. Take insurance companies. Every year a renewal is sent from your home or motor insurance company with a price for the coming…

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Best Valentine’s Day meal offers that won’t break the bank

It’s the most romantic day of the year so get ready to schmooze your other half by treating them to a delicious meal. Whether you love to dress up and dine out or stay in and get cosy, we’ve selected the 15 best Valentine’s Day meal offers especially for you. EATING IN A bottle of…

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Get ready for the Great Valentine’s Day Rip-off

It’s restaurateurs, not lovers, who should claim Saint Valentine as their patron saint. His titular day is an annual gift to them and the entire catering trade. Outside London, the reality is that most restaurants are short of customers for large parts of the year, a status quo punctuated by seasonal bursts of activity. Christmas,…

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