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Blog: Telling pensioners when they're going to die makes sense

A sand-timer

The government's idea that retirees should be told when they're likely to die has been met with shock. But this information is vital for financial planning.

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Blog: Would you holiday in the same place twice?

Couple on a tropical beach in the Maldives

Despite the annual summer holiday being as popular as ever, the average Brit has only ever visited seven countries. So why do people like to holiday in the same place time and again?

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Blog: Stop pushing me to spend more at the till!

Cashier and shopper at till checkout

More retailers seem to be hassling shoppers to make last-minute purchases at the till. This annoying "upselling" practice has to stop, says Sue Hayward.

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Blog: Do noisy home appliances get on your nerves?

A kettle and a washing machine

Are noisy kettles, washing machines and fridges driving you to distraction? Maria McCarthy looks at a new scheme to certify quiet appliances.

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Blog: Would you rent out your spare room?

A rental agreement

Renting out a spare room can help pay bills and cover your mortgage. But would you feel comfortable letting someone move into your home to earn some extra cash?

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Blog: Why should we have to pay for paper bills?

Woman looking at paper bill

Paperless billing, like self-service checkouts, is here to stay it seems, as more household utility firms impose charges on customers who prefer a hard copy. Is this fair?

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Blog: 23% of Brits hire a cleaner: Would you?

A cleaner holding cleaning products

Some 23 per cent of Brits admit hiring a cleaner to do jobs in the home - and mainly due to a lack of time. Would you hire domestic help?

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Blog: Why five of six common ways to fund retirement will fail

pension fund savings tin

Six common ways to fund retirement - and why five will fail. Financial adviser Mary Waring explains all.

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Blog: Should cyclists be allowed to ride on pavements?

A cyclist, motorist and pedestrian

Cyclists who ride on pavements face a potential £50 fine. But are our roads so dangerous that cyclists should be allowed to mix with pedestrians, asks motoring journalist and cyclist Maria McCarthy.

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Blog: Will M1 60mph speed limit save planet or cause congestion?

Motorway traffic

A proposal to cut the speed limit on the M1 to 60mph to reduce carbon emissions might help the environment – but will it cause motorists’ gridlock misery?

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