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Maria McCarthy is a motoring and lifestyle journalist and author of The Girls' Car Handbook and The Girls' Guide to Losing your L Plates published by Simon and Schuster. She's also a regular on BBC Breakfast news, and local and national radio, commenting on motoring matters. Her pet motoring hates are potholes and high fuel prices.
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If your car has given up the ghost, scrapping it might be an way for you to get some money back.
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Thinking about parking in a disabled spot when you don't have the right? Think again.
During a typical British winter hanging clothes out to dry just isn’t possible. But running a tumble dryer can be costly.
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A pet is a gift that keeps on giving in terms of love and affection. But it's also one that goes on costing – throughout its life.
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Can you bag a bargain at duty-free or will impulse buys waste your cash?
Pedestrians need more time to cross at the green man, says motoring journalist Maria McCarthy.
Damp weather and older cars can be a dangerous combination when it comes to keeping your windows clear. Find out how to beat condensation in your car
Traffic wardens are much criticised yet 55% of them say they feel their presence is a welcome one.
You've parked your car in a car park, done your shopping – and come back to find it scratched or scuffed.
If you want to lose pounds from your hips but not from your purse then a slimming club could be the answer.