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Are fines for term-time family holidays fair?

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A row has broken out over new fines for parents who take children out of school for family holidays. But given the cost of peak-season breaks, is this fair?

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

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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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Homeowners urged to prepare for mortgage rate rise

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Good economic news makes a rise in interest rates more likely. We look at how homeowners can prepare for higher monthly mortgage payments.

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4 ways your credit score can affect your finances

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Damage to your credit record doesn't just mean less chance of a loan or credit card. It could also affect where you live and work.

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The best 0% credit cards to help spread your holiday cost

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As many Brits plan their next escape away, we look at the best 0 per cent credit cards to help spread the cost of a holiday.

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Blog: Why holidaying in a stranger’s home beats a hotel

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Put off by over-priced hotels on a recent trip to New York, journalist Claire Rees used travel rental website Airbnb to book a place to stay. But how did she get on?

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How £10 a month could save you £405 on your credit card bill

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Paying only a few pounds extra per month off your credit card bill could save you hundreds of pounds in interest, a new Confused.com calculator shows.

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Review: Nationwide Select credit card offers 2% cashback

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Nationwide has quadrupled the rate of cashback on its Select credit card from 0.5 to 2 per cent. We take a closer look.

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10 ways to fight those Christmas £££s

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If your credit card or overdraft has been piling on the pounds over the festive season, it’s time to think about getting your finances back in shape. We explain how.

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Blog: How do you budget?

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Increasingly irritated by shop assistants who fail to hand over receipts, consumer journalist Naphtalia Loderick asks: how do you track your spending?

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