Mortgage stick or twist? It may pay to remain loyal

The Times, August 2018

With the Bank of England's base rate rise last week, and potential further rises ahead, it's clear that anyone nearing the end of their mortgage deal should be looking at their options

 

How to hire a tradesperson you can trust

Moneywise, May 2016

I started to have doubts about the man I'd hired to fit my kitchen at the end of the first day. I saw that he'd failed to cut down the end panels to fit the overhead cabinets, which had resulted in a bizarre-looking array of mismatched parts

 

E.on cuts gas prices (slightly)

MoneySavingExpert.com, January 2015

E.on has today become the first energy provider to cut its standard energy prices this year, but the move will shave only £24 from an average customer's annual gas bill. Far greater savings are available to those who switch

 

HMRC to email self-assessment reminders

MoneySavingExpert.com, January 2015

If you're among those who need to file a self-assessment tax return but have left it almost until the last minute, you're likely to receive a nudge via email from HM Revenue and Customs

 

Up to 1.5 million prepaid gas customers overcharged

MoneySavingExpert.com, November 2014

As many as 1.5 million households with prepaid gas meters have been overcharged because of a fault in the way their meters calculated their usage

 

When self-employment meant the end of my mortgage hopes

The Guardian, April 2012

 My husband David and I were recently thinking about moving house. We are expecting visitors from our native Australia over the coming year, so we thought it might be a good time to move up the property ladder and gain a bit more space

 

Top insurance tips for first-time buyers

Moneywise, April 2011

Taking that first step onto the property ladder can be pretty daunting. With lenders now demanding borrowers jump through all kinds of hoops to secure a mortgage, first-time buyers could be forgiven for devoting all their energy to the task of simply getting a loan


Make sure delayed charges don't damage your credit rating

Moneywise, October 2010

At a recent meeting with my mortgage adviser, she described me as "squeaky clean" on the credit front. And she was right - I've never missed a payment and have never gone over my credit limit

 

Should we really challenge bank charges?

Moneywise, October 2008

Britain is one of the few countries where banking is still free. But the legal battle over banks charges is putting free banking at risk. Maybe we should be careful what we wish for

 

Don't rely on plastic to keep you afloat abroad

Moneywise, August 2008
We were down to our last few Thai baht when I saw a cash machine. Without a second thought, I put in my card, punched in my pin and waited for the cash to come out. Except it didn't. And neither did my card. My frantic button pushing produced nothing more than a message on the screen telling me to contact my card issuer

 

Money matters

Fresh Direction, September 2007
If you're about to start university, you've probably already taken a good hard look at your finances. Hopefully, you'll have organised your loans and bank account, worked out a budget and planned how you're going to stretch your limited funds over the year

 

High price of banking abroad

guardianweekly.co.uk, April 26 2007
If you're one of the many Britons planning to emigrate, you might assume you'll be glad to leave behind the UK banking system and its excessive overdraft charges, pitiful interest rates and poor customer service. But if you think you'll be any better off in your new country, you may be in for a rude shock