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How to make your money go further…after you graduate

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It's easy to think that life after university will be much easier - no more coursework, the end of crowded house shares, and - best of all - enough money to live on. So it may come as a shock when you realize that your finances might be fragile after a few years of student life. But there are ways… read more »

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Win: 10 Hotel Chocolat ‘Supermilk Collections’ up for grabs

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Did you know, we’re slap bang in the middle of National Chocolate Week? Yep, between 13-19 October you’ve the perfect excuse to indulge your sweet tooth. And we want to help you… To celebrate we’ve joined forces with Hotel Chocolat to give ten lucky readers the chance to win their brand new Supermilk Collection (RRP £9.45). This isn’t any old… read more »

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When spending money to save money actually makes sense

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When you're working to a tight budget, it's often quite easy to put off big purchases or shy away from spending a little bit more for an item. Sometimes though, it’s worth spending that extra cash. I'm not a fan of spending money but I know I have to at numerous points in the month for recurring bills and food… read more »

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WIN a copy of EA SPORTS FIFA 15

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It’s a huge week for the Home Nations as they look to consolidate their chances of qualifying for the European Championships in 2016. After overcoming Switzerland last month, Roy Hodgson’s men take on minnows San Marino at Wembley before flying to Tallinn for a clash with Estonia. Wales, fresh from their Gareth Bale inspired win over Andorra, host Bosnia-Hercegovina and… read more »

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10 must-have toys for Xmas 2014 & how to buy them cheaper

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Back in late June toy giants Hamleys revealed their top ten toys for Christmas 2014. The usual suspects made the shortlist including an accessory by a well-known blonde American doll and everybody's favourite 'robots in disguise'. There's also an emphasis on technology with smart watches and robotic dinosaurs also tipped for success. Now look, we know it's early - we're… read more »

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How to take charge of your finances before parenthood

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When you first broach the topic of having a baby there are certain questions you just can’t avoid. First is whether or not you’re ready for such a responsibility, followed soon after by questions of financial feasibility! In my mind most people will never be ready…and money always seems to look tight. Somehow my partner and I have taken the… read more »

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Don’t break the bank when you eat out! Follow our 6 top tips

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I’ve always loved eating out, even when I had hardly any money – I think it’s a special treat that makes everyone feel good. Even if you’re on a tight budget, there are some simple ways you can save money and still have a great evening. Choose the right time Monday-Thursday is the best time to eat out – restaurants… read more »

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A parent’s guide to pocket money

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We don't have a lot of spare cash in my household. We budget very tightly and, where we can, put a little aside to cover for unexpected emergencies. The older my children have grown, the more they’ve started to ask for pocket money. They expect money, because let's face it, “All my friends get pocket money” and “all my friends… read more »

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How to stretch your budget when buying make-up

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We all lust over must-have luxury beauty products, but sometimes our bank balance doesn't stretch to allow for such expensive tastes. That's not to say you can't treat your skin properly when you're on a budget. Here's a few of our favourite cost-friendly make-up tips... 3-for-2 Keep your eyes peeled for 3-for-2 offers when you're on the High Street. These… read more »

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The Quidco £5 Breakfast Challenge

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We challenged chef and food consultant, Sally Godfrey, to come up with a cheap and cheerful breakfast recipe to suit everyone from hungover students to courting couples. Easy you say? Well here’s the catch, it had to be for two people and the ingredients had to cost less than £5 in total. Here’s how Sally fared… __ This is a… read more »