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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.


Would you switch banks for cashback on your debit card?

Credit cards have offered cashback for many years but now debit cards are joining the party. So how does debit card cashback work and should you switch your current account to cash in?

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Current account or savings account: which is right for you?

Current accounts and savings accounts are the two main types of account on offer from banks and building societies - but what exactly is the difference between the two and which type of account is right for you?

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Is it ever too late to start a pension?

A pension can give you an income when you retire, but how much will depend on what you contribute during your working life. Here are your pension options, even if you start late.

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Bank account Guide: All you need to know

Open a bank account, it's important to know the different types of accounts available and what you'll need to provide in the application process.

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Should you get short term van insurance?

Short-term van insurance can be a good option if you only need to insure a van for a short period of time. Here’s what you need to know.

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Can you get breakdown cover when you have broken down?

Breakdowns are always bad news and worse when you haven’t bought cover in advance and the weather’s ugly. But you can still get help if your vehicle has let you down – though the cost can soar. Here are your options.

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How does van insurance work?

Understanding what insurance you need if you drive a van is important if you want to get the right cover at the right price. Find out more in our guide.

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What type of loan is right for you?

Picking the right type of loan could make your borrowing cheaper, easier to manage and lower risk. Here is how to choose the right type of loan for your needs.

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How to borrow money with bad credit

You can get a personal loan with bad credit, but the rates will likely be high. It can be harder to get a loan with bad credit, and it may be worth trying to improve your score before you apply for a loan.

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How to get a mortgage with no deposit

Here is how to get on the property ladder as soon as possible with a 100% LTV mortgage, or how to get a no deposit mortgage. There are several schemes and mortgages that can help, whether you are saving for your first home or have owned one before.

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How to insure yourself to drive someone else's car

If you want to drive a car you do not own, you will still need cover in place. Here is how to make sure you are insured to drive someone else's car.

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What is the Help to Buy scheme?

If you’re thinking of buying a home, you may have heard of the Government’s Help to buy scheme, which provides an interest free loan to people wishing to buy certain new build properties. Here’s everything you need to know.

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What is car insurance?

We all need car insurance to drive, but with so much choice finding the right cover can be tricky. Understanding the basics is vital to finding the best policy.

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When does your car need a SORN?

If you have a car you do not drive, you cannot leave it off the road without either insuring it or applying for a SORN. Here is what you need to know about declaring your car off the road.

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How can I help my children buy their first house?

With first time buyers finding it harder than ever to get a mortgage, some parents are giving their children a helping hand onto the property ladder. But how does it all work and what are the potential pitfalls?

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Is it illegal to park on the pavement in the UK?

Discover where you can and can't park in the UK and how to avoid a fine or worse for parking on the pavement or other forbidden areas

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What insurance do you need for your taxi?

If you are a new taxi driver looking for cover, or a seasoned pro looking for the best policy, here is everything you need to know about taxi insurance.

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Can black box insurance save you money?

Black box insurance can be a great way to keep your premiums down, especially if you are a new or young driver. Here is everything you need to know about how it works, and how to find the best policy.

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What is commercial van insurance?

If you use a van to make a living, it is vital you get the right protection so that you are covered if something goes wrong. Here is how commercial van insurance works.

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How does a no claims bonus save you money?

Having a no claims bonus is one of the best ways to keep the cost of your car insurance as low as possible. But what is it, and how does it work? Here is how your no claims will save you money.

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Can you put your child on your car insurance?

If your child has just started driving their insurance premiums will be sky-high. One way to help them pay less is to add them to your policy, but it comes with a number of risks.

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How does car insurance excess work?

When you claim on your car insurance, you usually still need to pay some money yourself. This is called your excess. Here is everything you need to know about car insurance excess.

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How do you make a car insurance claim?

Your car insurance is there to protect you and your finances. You hope you never have to, but making a claim is a key part of having a policy. This is how to make a claim on your car insurance policy.

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What to do if your car suffers flood damage

If your car has been damaged by flood water, you will need to contact your insurance company to see if they can cover the cost. Here is how to claim against flood damage.

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10 easy ways to cut your car insurance costs

Your car insurance is something you have to pay for, but there are plenty of things you can do to reduce your bill. Here are 10 top tips to cut the cost of your car insurance premiums.

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Which car insurance extras are worth having?

You can pay extra for more features on your car insurance policy to tailor it to your needs, but are all worth the cost? Here is what you need to know to get a personalised level of cover.

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How to manage your car insurance policy

Once you have car insurance you are financially protected when you drive on the roads, but you must keep it up to date. This guide explains how to renew your policy, upgrade your cover and tell your insurer about changes in your circumstances.

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Retro tech - the cost of iconic devices through the decades

With the recent launch of the newest generations of Xbox and PlayStation gaming consoles causing a spending frenzy, the personal finance experts at comparison site money.co.uk have delved into the nation's passion for gaming technology.

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How much could the I'm a Celebrity 2020 cast make through Instagram?

With I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here returning to our screens this month, money.co.uk analysed the campmates' social profiles to discover how much money they could earn through Instagram and their earning potential following the shows final.

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The most heart pumping car films revealed

Using heart monitor technology we analysed some of the world’s most prolific car scenes to a test audience of 100 people, to find the most scientifically exhilarating movie races ever filmed.

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Kingdom of jewels: How much would gemstones fit for a princess really cost?

Working in collaboration with Purely Diamonds, the home insurance experts at money.co.uk studied the official and unofficial Disney Princesses to estimate how much their jewellery would cost in the real world.

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The Age of the First Time Buyer | Money.co.uk

We take a look at the average age of a first time buyer across 25 countries, and the average price of the property available to buy there.

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Revealed: The world’s most searched for Christmas films

We analysed the number of online searches made for over 30 popular modern and classic Christmas movies to reveal the most popular festive film around the world.

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The Dirty Delivery Report

As online shopping sales continue to rise, the experts at money.co.uk have investigated the environmental impact of delivery companies across the UK.

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The best apps for managing your finances

Money.co.uk has put together a useful guide to help you discover the best apps to help you manage your money, from keeping track of your cash, making money and boosting your credit rating.

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How StepChange’s COVID-19 Payment Plan could help you

A new scheme from one of the UK’s leading debt charities could help provide you with time and space to deal with your financial struggles due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Revealed: The anatomy of successful mobile phone apps

Money.co.uk's mobile experts have conducted a study to reveal the “anatomy” of successful mobile apps.

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Discover the UK and USA's most picture perfect retirement homes

When it comes to claiming your pension, why not do it in style? Money.co.uk has ranked the most aesthetically pleasing retirement homes in the UK and the USA.

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Which universities have the most self-made women billionaires alumni?

Personal finance experts at money.co.uk have researched Hurun's Richest Self-Made Women & Forbes' Richest Self-Made Women in the World list to determine which country’s universities boast the most alumni.

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Black Friday 2020: Guidance for shopping safely online

As this year’s Black Friday shopping event draws near, money.co.uk has pulled together some key tips for staying safe online when hunting for a bargain.

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9 tips to lower the cost of your heating bill

As the cold draws in, money.co.uk have pulled together some easy ways to cut your winter heating costs.

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Guide to buying a house

Buying a house is complicated, often stressful, but extremely satisfying if you get it right. Knowing what to expect and how to go about it the right way is crucial. Follow our guide on how to buy a house and find out what you need to know in these easy(ish) steps.

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How much time do you spend, in £'s on you mobile compared to the average in your area

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The Most Searched-For Male Grooming Questions of 2020

Our personal finance experts analysed 5,300 UK Google searches to find out what’s on the minds of UK men when it comes to skincare and grooming.

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How to get ready for Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2020

Waiting for Black Friday to get a jump on your Christmas shopping? This guide can help you prepare and avoid the chaos by shopping like a pro.

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What to buy on Black Friday

If you want to cash in on the Black Friday savings, it's important to have a plan. Knowing what to buy could help you save hundreds of pounds.

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Most successful celebrity chefs, revealed

Which celebrity chefs around the world are the most successful?

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How to remortgage after a mortgage payment holiday

When the COVID-19 outbreak hit the UK, the government introduced rules allowing homeowners to take mortgage payment holidays. Money.co.uk has provided guidance on how to remortgage following.

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Are these the fittest influencers on Earth?

This year the 2020 CrossFit Games have been split into two stages: an online competition and in-person finals in California. With many of the athletes streaming their workouts online, the broadband experts at money.co.uk were keen to find out how much this year’s competitors could earn from their social media following.

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Is Amazon Prime worth it?

Amazon Prime costs £79 a year in the UK and offers one-day delivery, music and instant video streaming and more. But what exactly are the benefits, and are they good value for money?

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Driving after a stroke

This guide explains what you need to know about driving in the UK after a stroke, a transient ischaemic attack (TIA, or ‘mini-stroke), or a heart attack and whether you have to tell the DVLA and your motor insurance provider.

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A guide to road tax

A complete guide to who pays UK road tax - how to pay it, what documents you'll need and how much it costs for certain vehicles.

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Factory fitted immobilisers explained

Discover what a factory-fitted immobiliser is and whether your car has one.

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Advanced and intensive driving courses

Find out how advanced driving and intensive driving courses can improve your driving and help reduce the cost of car insurance

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Car remapping – is it worth it and will it work for me?

Discover if it's worth remapping your car's engine to improve its economy and performance or whether the risks of a bad remap outweigh the benefits.

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Tips if your car squeaks while driving

If your car is making a squeaking noise while driving, there’s something wrong. Learn more about the usual causes of those squeaks, squeals and screeches and what to do to fix them.

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Driving at over 70

A complete guide to getting a new driving licence at 70, including the medical tests. We also explain how to give up your driving licence should you either want or need to.

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How to carry out a car history check

Buying a second hand car is always a little risky, after all you don't know how well looked after the vehicle has been by its current and any previous owners. Here's how to check your car's history.

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OK Commuter: How much workers could save by ditching the daily commute

With more people than ever working from home, how much money could motorists stand to save by ditching the rat race for good?

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