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The best high-tech pet gadgets

28/10/2016

8 Money Saving Tricks for Halloween

From decorations and fancy dress to food and party games, you can have a great Halloween without the scary price tag.

6 Car Insurance Myths You Should Never Believe

05/10/2016

How to plan the perfect staycation

Leave the passports behind, avoid the horror of busy airports and pack up the family for a staycation to remember.

6 Car Insurance Myths You Should Never Believe

22/09/2016

6 Car Insurance Myths You Should Never Believe

Buying a car is expensive enough, so make sure you don’t get stung on the insurance too.

22/09/2016

Financial Mistakes You Can Help Your Uni Kids Avoid

University isn’t just about hitting the books - or the bars, for that matter.

25/08/2016

Back to school saving tips

Packing them off back to school needn’t cost you an arm and a leg if you shop sensibly.

Get a super fancy home look for half the price

30/06/2016

Get a super fancy home look for half the price

So you've just moved in together. Here's 8 smart solutions to make it look beautiful on a budget. Don't worry, we won't tell if you won't...

Make your garden glow... on a budget

30/06/2016

Make your garden glow... on a budget

Remember that neglected, overgrown patch of dirt outside your back door? Oh, yeah, the garden.

How to get the best deals on your holidays this year

30/06/2016

How to get the best deals on your holidays this year

So you've mastered how to post the perfect #TravelEnvy pics, but do you know all the ways to save money on your next holiday getaway?

7 ways to maximise the space in your house

30/06/2016

7 ways to maximise the space in your house

We've found some of the quickest and easiest ways to transform your home without breaking the budget.

What

30/06/2016

What's your cash personality?

Spender, saver, splurger or something in between? Here's how to identify what your money mind looks like and how it can help you save.

Get a super fancy home look for half the price

30/06/2016

Get a super fancy home look for half the price

So you've just moved in together. Here's 8 smart solutions to make it look beautiful on a budget. Don't worry, we won't tell if you won't...

What

30/06/2016

What's your cash personality?

Spender, saver, splurger or something in between? Here's how to identify what your money mind looks like and how it can help you save.

Make your garden glow... on a budget

30/06/2016

Make your garden glow... on a budget

Remember that neglected, overgrown patch of dirt outside your back door? Oh, yeah, the garden.

7 ways to maximise the space in your house

30/06/2016

7 ways to maximise the space in your house

We've found some of the quickest and easiest ways to transform your home without breaking the budget.

How to get the best deals on your holidays this year

30/06/2016

How to get the best deals on your holidays this year

So you've mastered how to post the perfect #TravelEnvy pics, but do you know all the ways to save money on your next holiday getaway?

How to barbecue like a boss

29/04/2016

How to barbecue like a boss

Summer's coming! But before you start burning the bangers, follow chef Ben Bartlett's tips on getting to grips with the grill.

The heat is on

29/04/2016

The heat is on

We might love it when the sun's shining but spare a thought for your pets, who may not like it quite so hot.

The heat is on

29/04/2016

What's your cash personality?

Spender, saver, splurger or something in between? Here's how to identify what your money mind looks like and how it can help you save.

Flying with children

22/04/2016

Flying with children

If you're going on holiday with children this year, have you thought about how to keep them happy and entertained on the journey?

How to haggle... and win!

16/03/2016

How to haggle... and win!

We all hear of savings made by haggling but is it really the done thing for a nation known for its politeness? Deal-diva Anna-Louise Dearden finds out more...

Surprising ways to valet your car

16/03/2016

Surprising ways to valet your car

Clever car-cleaning solutions from the web's biggest petrol heads and life hackers.

How to really save money with vouchers

16/03/2016

How to really save money with vouchers

Savvy shoppers can save hundreds of pounds each year. Undercover bargain hunter Penny Golightly goes... er... undercover, to find out how.

How to haggle on Britain's high street

16/03/2016

How to haggle on Britain's high street

Turns out it's not just over half of us that are willing to haggle... the high street can be open to offers too! Get the lowdown to start saving.

Top tips for spring-cleaning your finances

21/01/2016

Top tips for spring-cleaning your finances

From cutting out coffee to getting your workout for free, we asked the bloggers in the know for their tips on getting your finances in order..

The best money-saving apps

21/01/2016

The best money-saving apps

Looking for a way to take control of your finances? Take the hi-tech route and furnish your phone with a few clever apps that will help you save money.

8 money-saving New Year's resolutions

16/12/2015

8 money-saving New Year's resolutions

To help you get your finances off to a flying start, we asked the top thrifty bloggers for their 2016 New Year's money resolutions.

Real people who made extra money in their spare time

16/12/2015

Real people who made extra money in their spare time

If you've already sold all your unwanted bits at car boot sales, it might be time to think outside the (money) box.

5-4-3-2-1! Your countdown to saving during January

16/12/2015

5-4-3-2-1! Your countdown to saving during January

Look after the pennies and the pounds will look after themselves!

How to win at the online shopping game

19/11/2015

How to win at the online shopping game

Ditch the frenzied crowds and buy your gifts online this Christmas.

6 ways to celebrate for less

29/10/2015

6 ways to celebrate for less

The cost of feeding and entertaining people at Christmas can soon add up. Lifestyle writer and Huffington Post blogger Anna-Louise Dearden gives us her creative tips for quick, easy ways to save money and still have a great time.

We need to talk about... gifting

29/10/2015

We need to talk about... gifting

Looking for creative, unusual but not-too-pricy Christmas present ideas? Look no further! We talked to four seasonal super-savers tell us how they cut costs without cutting the fun at this expensive time of year.

How to upcycle like a stylist

25/09/2015

How to upcycle like a stylist

Whether you're new to upcycling, or you'd just like a little inspiration, these ideas from interiors pro Ellie Tennant are perfect for mini makeovers.

How to take the perfect selfie

05/05/2015

How to take the perfect selfie

How do you get a perfect picture when you have to take it and be in it? Follow our guide...

Get your garden glowing with stylish outdoor lighting

05/05/2015

Get your garden glowing with stylish outdoor lighting

Make sure your garden looks gorgeous long into the night with our top outdoor lighting tips.

6 of our favourite holiday apps

05/05/2015

6 of our favourite holiday apps

Get to know your holiday destination with apps that make you feel less like a tourist and more like a local.

Why it’s vital to have a rainy day fund

29/01/2015

Why it's vital to have a rainy day fund

Having a rainy day fund can help protect you and your family against those expenses that have a habit of cropping up unexpectedly.

Cut through the car-buying fog

29/01/2015

Cut through the car-buying fog

Stay calm and in control with these tips for buying a car.

How to cope if you end up overspending on your budget

29/01/2015

How to cope if you end up overspending on your budget

If you’re busting your budget making a lot of impulse purchases each month, you may need to think about making a few small tweaks to your spending behaviour.

How to turn impulse buying into impulse saving

29/01/2015

How to turn impulse buying into impulse saving

Each time you get tempted to splash out on a new top or a nifty little gadget, think about transferring that same amount from your current account into your savings account instead.

Apps to get you going

29/01/2015

Apps to get you going

Download these for a boost of fit-spiration at your fingertips

Making small rooms work

29/01/2015

Making small rooms work

Interiors' stylist Anna Tobin shows you how you can make a little room appear much larger.

Choosing a family car

29/01/2015

Choosing a family car

Before being wooed by an eye-candy car, it's vital to think about whether it will fit well into your life and the kind of journeys you need it for.

Buying and selling a home

29/01/2015

Buying and selling a home

Whether you’re viewing a home to buy, or preparing your current home for sale, knowing what to look out for could save you time and money.

Room regeneration

29/01/2015

Room regeneration

Interiors stylist Anna Tobin suggests ways to give an old room a new purpose.

Keeping a child-friendly grown-up home

29/01/2015

Keeping a child-friendly grown-up home

Anna Tobin shows you how to ensure that your family home always looks stylish, no matter how many toys you have strewn about.

Snowsports in Scotland visual guide

23/12/2014

Snowsports in Scotland visual guide

Scotland’s five ski resorts offer breathtaking scenery and challenging pistes for all skill levels. Planning on visiting? Check out our infographic.

Shopping in the January sales

15/12/2014

Shopping in the January sales

Esther Shaw offers some tips to make sure you get the most out of the January sales.

Saving money on holiday costs

15/12/2014

Saving money on holiday costs

Esther Shaw offers some tips that could help you save on your holiday costs.

Budgeting for big payments

15/12/2014

Budgeting for big payments

Esther Shaw offers her tips on how to budget for occasional large payments you might have to make.

Saving money when Christmas shopping

26/11/2014

Saving money when Christmas shopping

Esther Shaw suggests some simple ways to keep costs down this Christmas.

Saving on the cost of commuting

26/11/2014

Saving on the cost of commuting

Commuting costs are the bane of many a life, but there are a few ways to try and reduce them.

Food shopping for less

26/11/2014

Food shopping for less

Esther Shaw suggests some simple ways to can save money on your food shopping.

Guide to shopping safely online

10/11/2014

Guide to shopping safely online

Shopping online can be fun and convenient but are you doing all you can to keep yourself and your family safe on the internet?

07/11/2014

UK city breaks

There are so many great cities to visit in the UK. Our guide looks at the most popular destinations and what to do when you get there.

How to curb the impulse to buy

05/11/2014

How to curb the impulse to buy

Do you have trouble denying yourself the occasional treat? Read our tips on how to rein in the urge to impulse buy.

Our Savings Calculator - how it can help you

05/11/2014

Our Savings Calculator - how it can help you

Find out more about our Savings Calculator

Evaluate your providers

05/11/2014

Evaluate your providers

Find out how you could save money by evaluating the providers of household utilities

Top tips for a stress-free Christmas dinner

20/10/2014

Top tips for a stress-free Christmas dinner

Everyone wants to have a glorious Christmas dinner. Not everyone, however, has the time to pull out all the stops. Rachel Ogden offers her top tips for creating the perfect Christmas spread, without the added hassle

Winter learning

19/10/2014

Winter learning

Why wait till Janury to pick up a new hobby or pastime? Here are some ideas.

Travelling with kids

19/10/2014

Travelling with kids

Linsey McNeill offers her tips for stress-free travelling with an infant.

Guide to credit scores

09/10/2014

Guide to credit scores

What makes up your credit score? What can impact on your credit score? We've answered the above and more in our guide to credit scores.

Cat behaviours explained

08/10/2014

Cat behaviours explained

Ever wondered what your cat's body language says? Our feline companions use a wide range of physical signals to convey their feelings and intentions.

Grow your own mint

01/10/2014

Grow your own mint

Find out how to grow your own mint with our handy guide

History of credit cards

02/09/2014

History of credit cards

When did the world start using plastic instead of cash? Have a look at how credit and credit cards have developed over the years.

Grow strawberries in a window garden

28/08/2014

Grow strawberries in a window garden

Bring the garden to your windowsill.

Build a bottle bird feeder

15/08/2014

Build a bottle bird feeder

Building a bird feeder can be quick and easy when you know how. Follow our simple step-by-step guide.

A dog-friendly home

13/08/2014

A dog-friendly home

Did you know that some household items like certain plants and foods are toxic to dogs? We have put together tips on keeping your dog safe at home.

How to welcome more wildlife into your garden

31/07/2014

How to welcome more wildlife into your garden

Aileen Scoular offers some suggestions on how to make your garden more appealing to wildlife.

Hot picks for summer day trips

31/07/2014

Hot picks for summer day trips

Patricia Carswell shares 10 fantastic summer day trip ideas.

Top cat-friendly holiday accommodation in the UK

31/07/2014

Top cat-friendly holiday accommodation in the UK

A few of our favourite options for cat friendly accommodation in the UK.

Revamping old furniture for next to nothing

30/07/2014

Revamping old furniture for next to nothing

Sophie Banda gives her tips for how to brighten up old pieces of furniture.

Kerry’s story

29/07/2014

Kerry's story

Kerry Barber shares her story of pet adoption.

Credit Card 101

02/07/2014

Credit Card 101

Did you know that more than half of the UK has a credit card? Discover a variety of facts about credit cards, their history, and how they are made.

Dog Exercise Tips

04/06/2014

Dog Exercise Tips

Looking for fun and unusual ways to exercise your four-legged friend? Take a look at this infographic for intriguing dog exercise tips.

Garden improvements worth making

29/04/2014

Garden improvements worth making

Outdoor overhauls can be costly affairs, but a few inexpensive tweaks are sometimes all that are needed for a perfectly good-looking garden.

Tighten up your travel costs

28/04/2014

Tighten up your travel costs

While holidaying in a foreign land is a great way to unwind, getting there is rarely a relaxing, or cheap, process. Ruth Walker shares her hints and tips on keeping your big trip within budget.

2014’s top holiday spots

25/04/2014

2014's top holiday spots

Fancy heading somewhere new this year? We asked top travel experts to share their destination hit list for 2014.

Tracking down a trustworthy tradesman

23/04/2014

Tracking down a trustworthy tradesman

Looking to carry out home improvements and don't know who to turn to? Check out these tips to help you find a trustworthy tradesman.

Tips for first time car buyers

05/02/2014

Tips for first time car buyers

With so many factors to consider, buying a new car for the first time can be a daunting experience. However, it doesn't have to be. Here are some tips that could help you find the right car at the right price.

Tips for wellbeing at work

30/01/2014

Tips for wellbeing at work

Office life does not need to be draining. A few simple tweaks to your work routine can boost your health and wellbeing.

Not keeping up with the Joneses

29/01/2014

Not keeping up with the Joneses

Seek out budget alternatives to key desirable items, and save money without compromising on style.

Affordable travel destinations in 2014

23/01/2014

Affordable travel destinations in 2014

A look at some of 2014's best value holiday destinations.

DIY energy audit: a five-step checklist

20/01/2014

DIY energy audit: a five-step checklist

Follow these simple steps to ensure your energy use is kept in check.

5 small changes that could bring big savings

20/01/2014

5 small changes that could bring big savings

Making tiny changes in different areas of your life soon add up. Here are five simple ways to spend less and save more.

5 small changes that could bring big savings

20/01/2014

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Making tiny changes in different areas of your life soon add up. Here are five simple ways to spend less and save more.

Creating your own Christmas decorations

18/12/2013

Creating your own Christmas decorations

Creating homemade Christmas decorations and ornaments is not only a great way to save money, but also an excellent chance to get the kids involved in preparing for the festive season.

Skiing around the World

16/12/2013

Skiing around the World

Like the millions of other snow fanatics, you might be considering hitting the slopes over the coming months.

Make your own bird house key hooks

13/12/2013

Make your own bird house key hooks

You may have seen the image of the hand-made bird house key hooks being used across our website and in our home insurance leaflets in-store.

4 tips to getting the best interest rate on your loan

27/11/2013

4 tips to getting the best interest rate on your loan

What can you do to ensure you get the best rate?

History of the Pound

25/11/2013

History of the Pound

The British Pound is the oldest currency in use today. Originally forged from pure silver, it has a fascinating history but is it still as valuable?

Adding festive spirit to your finances

14/11/2013

Adding festive spirit to your finances

Tis the season to be jolly. But how happy are you about your finances?

Refreshing your finances for 2014

07/11/2013

Refreshing your finances for 2014

Make your money go further in 2014.

Making your home environmentally friendly

06/11/2013

Making your home environmentally friendly

Six practical tips to not only make your home kinder to the environment, but to also make it more energy efficient.

Staying safe on bonfire night

28/10/2013

Staying safe on bonfire night

Bonfire Night brings together millions of people across the UK in this time-honoured annual tradition, but make sure you remember it for the right reasons.

January sales jaunts

24/10/2013

January sales jaunts

British shops set the bar high (or rather, cut-price low) when it comes to post-Christmas sales. But this tradition is not confined to the UK.

Christmas gift ideas for hard-to-buy-for relatives

23/10/2013

Christmas gift ideas for hard-to-buy-for relatives

What to buy for that awkward auntie or difficult dad? Esther Shaw has a few ideas up her sleeve.

5 ways to keep your car costs down

22/10/2013

5 ways to keep your car costs down

Top tips to keep your car in shape.

5 ways to help your child save at uni

14/10/2013

5 ways to help your child save at uni

Jake Butler from student money website, Save the Student, reveals his top tips to help parents reduce the financial strain on students heading off to university.

The road to fuel efficiency

29/08/2013

The road to fuel efficiency

Motorists around the country are looking to reduce their fuel consumption and save some money.

Five ways to keep utility bills down with clever technology

20/08/2013

Five ways to keep utility bills down with clever technology

If sending your son or daughter to university means you’re feeling the pinch, try these tips to keep your energy and phone bills down.

Car haggling tips

06/08/2013

Car haggling tips

Want to save money on a vehicle?

Five top satnav apps for navigating around Europe

11/07/2013

Five top satnav apps for navigating around Europe

If you are planning a trip around Europe, find out which satnav apps perform the best.

Get your garden ready for summer

27/06/2013

Get your garden ready for summer

Get ready for summer with some great ideas on seating, lighting and tepees.

Top tips for driving in Europe

12/06/2013

Top tips for driving in Europe

Take your own car on the trip of a lifetime.

How a cashback credit card works

10/06/2013

How a cashback credit card works

If you're searching the market for a cashback credit card you might be asking yourself some of the following questions...

Six tips for finding the right car for you

06/06/2013

Six tips for finding the right car for you

It can fill us with temptation and trepidation. Andy Moore looks at some top tips for buying a car.

Top podcasts for learning Spanish

03/06/2013

Top podcasts for learning Spanish

There are many ways to learn a foreign tongue and listening to a podcast is a great one.

When should you do it yourself?

20/05/2013

When should you do it yourself?

Ever tried to tile or fix the plumbing? Sometimes you can roll up your sleeves and sometimes you should just put your feet up.

Happy glampers

19/05/2013

Happy glampers

Fancy a night under the stars but hate the idea of roughing it? Kate Simon looks at some top spots.

Keeping the kids entertained in the holidays

29/04/2013

Keeping the kids entertained in the holidays

Six weeks, 42 days or 1008 hours.

Five top voluntourism providers

26/04/2013

Five top voluntourism providers

Sarah Barrell shares some top destinations and providers for volunteering abroad and at home.

Get the glamping look

24/04/2013

Get the glamping look

Kate Simon suggests how to jazz up your camping holiday with a little glamping style.

Converting your car to liquid petroleum gas (LPG)

19/04/2013

Converting your car to liquid petroleum gas (LPG)

Andy Moore takes a look at the ups and downs of LPG fuel.

Driven to distraction

18/04/2013

Driven to distraction

Seasoned driving instructors share some of the UK's worst driving habits.

Personal loans - choosing the right one for you

28/03/2013

Personal loans - choosing the right one for you

How do you pick the right loan for you?

On the move

19/02/2013

On the move

Tips on selling property...

Hit the slopes

18/02/2013

Hit the slopes

Looking for a last-minute fix of winter sports action?

Kitted out for bad weather

17/02/2013

Kitted out for bad weather

Make your car safe for the roads.

Getting wind of green energy

08/02/2013

Getting wind of green energy

Saving with wind energy...

Up-cycling ideas

04/02/2013

Up-cycling ideas

Save money and up-cycle...

Paris: be my valentine?

24/01/2013

Paris: be my valentine?

Discover some of Paris' best kept secrets...

Winter driving tips

18/01/2013

Winter driving tips

Some tips if you need to drive in sleet, ice and snow.

New horizons

03/12/2012

New horizons

Money Matters contributor Kate Simon looks at unique experiences in foreign cities...

A car for life

30/11/2012

A car for life

The stage you’re at in your life is likely to have a major bearing on the car you choose to drive. Money Matters contributor Kate Simon suggests the right wheels for different generations...

Winter gardens

29/11/2012

Winter gardens

We've put together five winter gardening tips and some winter garden pictures to inspire you.

Money saving tips: family activities for winter

29/11/2012

Money saving tips: family activities for winter

With the winter nights approaching we share some money saving ideas to entertain the whole family when Jack Frost bites.

What to do if your car breaks down

28/11/2012

What to do if your car breaks down

This guide sets out the steps you should take to be safe in the event of a breakdown.

Sleeping easy

28/11/2012

Sleeping easy

Money Matters contributor Jonathan Thompson has found some alternative ways to help you get those precious ZZZs...

Money saving tips: festive family activities

27/11/2012

Money saving tips: festive family activities

We've created a list of money saving ideas for festive family fun.

Weigh it up

25/11/2012

Weigh it up

It’s vital to ensure pets are healthy - and not breaking the scales, says Money Matters contributor Robert Nurden...

Cold comfort

20/11/2012

Cold comfort

Think ahead and cut the costs of preparing your home for the frosty winter weather, says Money Matters contirbutor Oliver Bennett.

Planning for a new dog

20/11/2012

Planning for a new dog

Next to a new child, there are few things in life that challenge and reward us than a new dog.

Festive rail travel

16/11/2012

Festive rail travel

Blogger Network member Sylvie shares with us her favourite way to travel...

A guide to greener driving

09/11/2012

A guide to greener driving

Soaring petrol prices, global warming and damage to the environment are all forcing motorists to reassess their motoring habits...

Down boy

30/08/2012

Down boy

Even the most well-behaved dog can sometimes play up, but how do you bring it to heel? Money Matters contributor Robert Nurden asks the experts for some suggestions...

How does your dry garden grow

29/08/2012

How does your dry garden grow

How can you keep your garden thriving and save our most precious resource in a time of drought? Try these tips from Money Matters contributor Simone Kane...

Cheap insurance cars

12/06/2012

Cheap insurance cars

Research by Sainsbury's Bank Car Insurance last year revealed that, within the space of one year, some 1.3 million motorists quit driving altogether due to the rising costs of motoring.

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