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Joel Kempson joined the money.co.uk team as a Personal Finance Writer in 2020. He’s our resident expert on wide-ranging topics including car and home insurance, travel money and low-allergen gardening. Joel writes and edits a host of pages and guides for money.co.uk — making sure all of our readers have the information they need to navigate the world of personal finance.

Before his time in financial services, Joel worked in publishing and broadcast media. After graduating from the University of Exeter with a degree in English, Joel began his writing career at encyclopedia publisher DK. There he honed his scribing skills writing about LEGO and comic books as the go-to guy on Batman, Superman and everyone in between. From heat vision to television, Joel next moved to Sky where he wrote summaries and reviews of every show under the sun, as well as interviewing an array of small screen stars. 

Joel prides himself on always finding the best deal — not the cheapest, the best. Before joining the staff at money.co.uk, it was only his friends and family who could access a brain brimming with money-saving info, financial services knowledge and cricket statistics. Now he’s here to help you make informed decisions about your money.

When he’s not writing, Joel likes to spend his time playing sport and comparing mortgage interest rates.

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Travel money: should I get a travel credit card?

Using the best credit card for travel can solve a lot of holiday problems. You don’t need to think “how much money can I travel with?” or worry about where to find the best exchange rate.

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Coronavirus: How to spend a "socially distanced" rainy day

If the UK has managed to get one thing right this summer, it's the weather. But as Britain's trademark drizzle comes back into view, it's time to adapt our plans for a socially distanced weekend.

What cover do you need to drive abroad?

Driving overseas can be a great way to travel, but you need to make sure you are covered in case something goes wrong. Here is how to make sure you have the right insurance before you start your trip.

Last minute holiday checklist

Last minute holidays can be a great way to bag a top deal, but there are still a few things you cannot afford to forget. Here is what you need for a safe last minute trip that won’t break the bank.

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A first time buyer guide to buildings insurance

There are a lot of costs to consider when buying your first home, but buildings insurance is one you can’t ignore.

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What is the cost of death?

The costs associated with dying are not a lot of fun to think about, but planning ahead could save you and your loved ones thousands when the time comes.

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How to find the right classic car insurance

The right classic car insurance can significantly cut your annual premiums. Whether your vehicle is a vintage classic or a trusty labour of love you can’t bear to replace, this guide has you covered.

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How much does a pet cost?

Getting a pet is an emotional decision, but it’s important not to forget about the cost. Here are some key costs to think about so that you can make sure looking after your pet properly won’t be too expensive.

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What is interest?

Borrowing costs money. A lender will usually charge a borrower a percentage of the money lent, rather than a flat fee. This is called interest. This guide covers the basics of how interest works, what it is and what it means for your finances.

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Money.co.uk: Financial guidance on retirement

COVID-19 has created turmoil in global financial markets, hitting many people’s pension pots. Money.co.uk comments on this concern and gives guidance for those thinking about retirement

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Lockdown sees job vacancies continue to plummet

New data reveals that almost half of UK businesses (42%) have less than 6 months of cash reserves as a result of lockdown restrictions. Money.co.uk comments on the state of the jobs market across the UK.

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How to manage your hay fever and plan a low-allergen garden

As parks reopen and people continue to take full advantage of their garden, money.co.uk has put together a guide to creating a low allergen garden and help hay fever suffers to manage allergy flare ups while enjoying the warm weather.