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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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Barclays simplifies overdraft fees

  •  03 Jan, 2014
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Current account competition is hotting up with the news that Barclays is simplifying its overdraft fees system - a move which could save customers in the UK around £14 million collectively this year alone.

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Reforms to simplify energy market

  •  02 Jan, 2014
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Energy tariff changes due to come into force will help rebuild consumer trust, Ofgem claims.

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Scottish Power cuts energy prices

  •  02 Jan, 2014
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Energy firm Scottish Power is to reduce dual-fuel prices by 3.3 per cent from 31 January as it passes on savings from the government's green levy shake-up.

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MBNA launches 29-months 0% credit card

  •  24 Dec, 2013
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MBNA has launched its longest ever credit card offer with a deal that allows customers 0 per cent interest on balance and money transfers for 29 months.

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Credit cards used more by men

  •  23 Dec, 2013
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Male shoppers are more likely than women to use credit cards to fund their Christmas shopping this year, according to the latest research.

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New £5 notes to be made of plastic

  •  18 Dec, 2013
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The Bank of England will start issuing plastic bank notes for the first time in 2016, when the new £5 note showing Sir Winston Churchill is launched.

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Inflation falls to four-year low

  •  17 Dec, 2013
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Inflation fell to a four-year low of 2.1 per cent in November as the rise in the price of food eased.

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Does my contents policy cover me for Christmas gifts?

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We've normally got more expensive stuff in our homes over Christmas. But are they covered by home insurance? Our home insurance expert explains all.

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'Risky' financial products revealed

  •  16 Dec, 2013
Money down the drain

Consumer group Which? has revealed a list of what it considers to be the top money-wasting financial products.

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