Laura Whitcombe

How to beat villa holiday scams

29 June 2017 10:00

There’s been a surge in fake villa rental websites setting up since January, with fraudsters targeting properties listed on the…

How to keep your dog safe from thieves

15 June 2017 11:19

Five dogs are stolen every day in the UK and only one gets reunited with its owner, according to police…

Credit cards: don’t be fooled by long balance transfer deals

8 June 2017 10:22

If you’re looking for a balance transfer credit card deal, don’t be fooled into thinking you’ll save the most money…

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Five simple ways to beat soaring car insurance premiums

1 June 2017 11:43

The average annual car insurance bill is expected to hit a record high of £800 this month, according to comparison…

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How to finance home improvements with a mortgage

25 May 2017 11:07

A property should have two bathrooms for every three bedrooms to maximise its value and desirability. That’s according to 70…

Four ways to protect your finances on holiday

18 May 2017 12:03

British families are forecast to spend £1,284.54 per person on this year’s summer holiday. That’s up more than £200 on…

Budgeting will save you money and might even make you happier

11 May 2017 10:40

How much money do you have in your current account right now? What date do you pay your electricity bill?…

How to check, amend and repair your credit record

4 May 2017 10:58

When was the last time you checked your credit history? This vitally important information can seriously affect many aspects of…

Failing to bank online could cost you dear

26 April 2017 11:12

People who don’t bank online are more likely to face financial trouble than their more internet-savvy peers. That’s according to…

NS&I’s 2.2 per cent bond is the best of a bad bunch

13 April 2017 10:36

The government has made good on its Autumn Statement pledge to introduce a new ‘market-leading’ bond through National Savings &…

What does the new tax year mean for your pocket?

6 April 2017 11:14

Today marks the start of the new 2017/18 tax year, and this month a long list of changes come into…

Seven things you need to know before buying pet insurance

30 March 2017 10:58

We’re a nation of cat and dog lovers with an estimated 40 per cent of UK households owning a pet.…

Last-minute tips to cut your tax bill

23 March 2017 10:52

The clock’s ticking to shield your savings and investments from the taxman for the 2016/17 tax year, which ends on…

How to get the best deal on your travel money

16 March 2017 11:45

It’s one month until Easter and if you’re planning to make the most of the long weekend or the school…

What the final Spring Budget means for your pocket

9 March 2017 11:30

With the Chancellor’s Budget moving to a single event from later this year, yesterday’s final Spring Budget went out with a muffled…

Car insurance costs to soar

2 March 2017 12:09

It’s been a painful week for drivers – and it’s only going to get worse. Insurance costs are set to…

What you need to know before buying health insurance for kids

23 February 2017 12:52

If you’ve had enough of battling to get the kids a doctor’s appointment, or don’t want them waiting months to…

How to beat rising energy bills

16 February 2017 14:34

With the winter chill showing no sign of letting up any time soon, it’s even more depressing that some of…

What you need to know about the Lifetime ISA

9 February 2017 12:31

Eight weeks today the Lifetime ISA will launch to help people save towards buying their first home or retirement. In…

Where to find free help for your money worries

2 February 2017 12:21

This week is one of the gloomiest of the year for people who work for themselves because they’ve had to…

Beat bank closures by switching to a better deal

26 January 2017 11:51

Within the space of a week, it has been announced that another 189 high street banks and building societies will…

Are you due a refund from EE? Here’s how to find out

19 January 2017 11:34

Britain’s biggest mobile operator EE has been fined £2.7 million for overcharging more than 30,000 customers. Between July 2014 and…

Just 19 days left to file your tax return: here’s what to do

12 January 2017 11:52

There are just 19 dreary January days left to complete your online self-assessment tax return and – here’s the important…

Why I’m swapping my debit card for a credit card in 2017

5 January 2017 12:23

This year, I’m swapping my debit card for a credit card. It’s not because I’m starting 2017 in the red.…

Why I welcome the soaring costs of a holiday tipple

18 August 2016 10:49

I thought I’d be a pretty cheap date on holiday abroad this summer. I’ve abstained from all alcohol for the…