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10 steps to prepare your car for winter

Woman on phone after car broken down in winter

With winter approaching, a few minutes' maintenance could see your car through the worst the weather has to offer.

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How to buy a new car with a loan or credit card

Car cost

Motorists gearing up to buy a new set of wheels now that the "64" plates have been released are being urged to snap up one of the cheap loan deals or competitive credit card offerings currently up for grabs.

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Buying a home? Why you'll need life cover too

House made out of twenty pound notes

Just 11% of people think having life insurance is a top priority when buying a new home. But who's going to cover the mortgage should the worst happen?

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How to get travel insurance aged over 65

Travel insurance policy document beside a globe

Those aged over 65 can find it hard to get travel insurance as many policies have an upper age limit. Here’s how older travellers can get affordable cover.

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£3bn unclaimed in forgotten pension schemes

Rainbow and a pot of gold

More than £3 billion is thought to be languishing in unclaimed pensions. Here's how to get your hands on your share of this cash.

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Should you fix your mortgage for 10 years?

House held in human hands

New homebuyers with small deposits can now fix their loans for a decade. But is this long-term security worth the extra costs and restrictions?

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Is the future of motoring electric?

Green electric car at charging station

Electric cars were once viewed as quirky and alternative vehicles chosen for ideological reasons. But is this set to change?

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The pros and cons of opening a joint account

Young couple holding joint piggy bank

If you're getting hitched or moving in with your other half, is it wise to unite your finances as well? We take a look.

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Annual mortgage statements explained

A calculator and paperwork

Don't ignore your annual mortgage statement as being clued up about your borrowing makes it easier to switch to a better deal when the chance comes. We explain all.

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How to cut your gas & electricity bill

Burning ten pounds on a gas hob

E.ON, EDF Energy, ScottishPower, British Gas, npower and SSE have all announced gas and electricity price rises this winter. Act now to lower your bills.

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Esther Shaw

Esther Shaw

Esther Shaw is a regular contributor to Confused.com and is the former deputy money editor at The Independent and Independent on Sunday. Before that, she worked as a money and City reporter on The Daily Express and Sunday Express.
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