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Our guides show you the best ways to make your money go further and work harder. They contain all the latest financial information and are set out clearly to help you make smart decisions.

How to build your own house

Many of us dream of building our own home, and while it is not the right option for everyone, self building could be an affordable way for you to get your ideal property. Yet fail to plan properly and you face the risk of financial ruin.

NEST pensions - your questions answered

Here is what you need to know about the NEST pension scheme and how it could help you save for your retirement.

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Unwrapped: the hidden hamper tax that could cost you a fortune this Christmas

A Christmas hamper packed full of festive treats can seem like the perfect way to spoil friends and family - particularly if you can’t be together this Christmas. But are these hampers worth the cost? Money.co.uk reveals all

Free fertility treatment: how to play the NHS lottery

If you need fertility treatment and don't have oodles of cash to spare, it's likely you'll have to face the NHS postcode lottery. We explain why the treatment on offer depends on where you live and exactly what you should expect.

Get more from high street loyalty schemes

Here's what you need to know to make the points you earn from the top 6 high street loyalty schemes go further

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Grants and funding for disabled students

Higher education opens up many opportunities, but also brings with it added financial worries; this is especially the case if you have a disability. We explain the help available to relieve the strain of being a student.

Homeschooling: good for your child & your finances?

A good education will teach your child all the life skills they need to succeed and set them up for the future. A home education can be just as rewarding as sending them to school. We investigate if it makes financial sense.

How to check if a company is legit, UK regulations, and how to avoid risking your money and data

If you are worried about the authenticity of a company, it is always worth doing some research. We look at how to check if a company is legit, UK rules, and how you can find out whether to trust a company or avoid them at all costs.

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How council tax works

If you live in the UK, you normally have to pay council tax, but the cost differs depending on where you live. Here is everything you need to know about council tax.

How do I gift money without being taxed?

You may be able to give away money without paying tax, but it depends on whom it goes to and how much you give. Here is what you need to know about gifting money without paying tax.

How do you claim tax back?

Paying tax is a fact of life for most of us, but it is surprisingly easy to pay too much and leave yourself out of pocket. Here is how to claim tax back from HMRC.

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How do you invest in OEICs?

OEICs offer a way to invest your money in a wide range of assets without the hassle of managing them yourself, here is how to get started.

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