Archive for April, 2009

Average Weekly Wages at Eight-Year Low – Can You Adjust?

Posted in Money Saving on Thursday, April 30th, 2009 at 14:54 by Jessica Haynes.

While many households already knew wages were shrinking in relation to the cost of living, there is now proof that the phenomenon is real. Figures released by the LibDem Treasury indicate the decrease in wages is primarily in the private sector.

Resurgence in Equity Funds – Another Encouraging Sign?

Posted in Savings & Investments on Thursday, April 30th, 2009 at 14:44 by Jessica Haynes.


News that F&C Private Equity Fund, Gartmore Fledgling Trust, and several other private equity trusts have logged a significant improvement in recent weeks is certainly good news for investors. But will this good news have an impact on more than just a select few?

Little Changes Relieve Stress on the Household Budget

Posted in Money Saving on Thursday, April 30th, 2009 at 09:13 by Martyn Shaw.

As the recession continues to frustrate the efforts of many households to honour all their obligations and still have food on the table, people are beginning to realise just how important those small and seemingly insignificant changes in routine and habit can be.

Haggling is Alive and Well during Times of Recession

Posted in General, Money Saving on Wednesday, April 29th, 2009 at 12:07 by Jessica Haynes.

While a few people still regard haggling with shop owners with a degree of distaste, others are choosing to step up and negotiate for lower prices on items they want or need.

Good News For Savers

Posted in Savings & Investments on Wednesday, April 29th, 2009 at 12:03 by Jessica Haynes.


As the battle to capture the attention of savers continues to heat up, more banks and building societies are offering incentives that are designed to not only attract savers but also keep them for the long term.

Voucher Codes Can Help You Look Smart

Posted in General, Money Saving on Wednesday, April 29th, 2009 at 08:14 by Martyn Shaw.

While fashion may be low on the list of priorities for many people, others still require fashionable attire for work and other obligations. Fortunately, voucher codes make it possible to look smart without paying full retail price.

What Do Two-Tiered Mortgage Rates Mean For You?

Posted in Banking, Mortgages & Property on Tuesday, April 28th, 2009 at 09:49 by Martyn Shaw.

The announcement from Nationwide Building Society that the implementation of a new and higher interest rate for new customers is imminent has some people wondering what this means for current clients. Fortunately, this newest development in the mortgage lending industry is not likely to create any hardship those who already have a Nationwide mortgage.

Health Products Online

Posted in General, Money Saving on Tuesday, April 28th, 2009 at 09:46 by Jessica Haynes.

With so many household budgets straining to meet monthly expenses, securing over the counter medication and health supplements can be difficult to manage. One way to ease some of the financial burden is to look for online sales and specials that feature the products you need.

Protect Yourself from Identity Fraud and Scams

Posted in General on Tuesday, April 28th, 2009 at 09:44 by Martyn Shaw.


According to information released by Ciphas, the incidence of identity fraud has risen significantly since the beginning of 2009. While many people think in terms of thieves stealing identities and using the information to open new accounts, much of the current problem focuses on the abduction of existing accounts. The end result is a web of distress that can permanently damage one’s credit rating and cause problems for many years to come.

Time to Begin Saving Again?

Posted in Banking, General, Savings & Investments on Monday, April 27th, 2009 at 10:34 by Jessica Haynes.

Many people have been reluctant to contribute to any type of savings account during recent months, owing to the low returns. However, there are small signs of better things to come.