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Esther Shaw


The pros and cons of opening a joint account

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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

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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

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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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Know your rights when Christmas shopping

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When shopping, it's important to know your rights in case things go wrong and purchases need to be returned. Here's a run down of what you need to know to protect your festive purchases.

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Top four financial gifts for your child

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Parents will spend a lot on presents for children this festive season, new research shows. Is your money better spent on a gift for your child's future?

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Five money saving tips to cut the cost of Christmas

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Given that it’s still only September, you may be trying desperately hard to avoid any mention of the C-word.

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Top tips for the reluctant landlord

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Many Brits have faced difficulties selling their homes in recent years given the uncertain economic climate, and have been forced to let their properties instead.

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Borrowers get best loan rates on larger sums

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Loan rates have been tumbling in recent weeks, but what you may not realise is that the best rates are on offer on larger loan amounts.

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Take care not to undervalue your home contents

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Under-insuring your possessions can cause major problems should you need to make a claim as your insurer may scale down any losses – leaving you out of pocket.

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Peer-to-peer lending explained

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Borrowing money from a stranger may seem odd but that's the idea behind peer-to-peer lending, which allows you to borrow directly from other people. We explain all.

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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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