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Why I left Sky for Plusnet TV

by 4 July 2015
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After nearly 14 years as a Sky customer, I’ve just cancelled. I’ve only ever been on the basic Sky+ package but at nearly £30 a month – and with regular price hikes – it began to feel like an albatross around my neck. (more about switching TV provider ...)

What things do you reuse in your garden?

by 3 July 2015
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My mother was a notorious skinflint and I think I’ve inherited the gene. Why pay for a plantpot saucer when a plastic food container will do? Why buy plant ties when old tights do a much better job? (more about new uses for old stuff ...)

Tell us your experience of complaining about public services

by 2 July 2015
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How easy is it for you to complain about a public service and to seek redress for any wrong suffered? Charles Nancarrow, from the National Audit Office, has co-authored a report looking at how the system works. (more about complaining about public services ...)

Freephone numbers really are now free for all

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I like companies with 0800 numbers. To me it’s like they’re saying: ‘Give us a ring, we’re happy to talk to you and it won’t cost you a penny.’ Well, unless you’re calling from a mobile that is. (more about 0800 number changes ...)

Is it time to ditch your traditional savings account?

by 30 June 2015
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Interest rates on traditional savings accounts are now so poor that many of us are deciding to choose alternative homes for our money. But is it really time to turn our back on them altogether? (more about savings accounts ...)

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Copycat website crackdown – could you spot a fake site?

by , Consumer Rights Producer Consumer Rights 5 July 2015
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Ever had to pay a fee higher than usual to get your passport renewed? Were you led to believe you were dealing with a government agent? Chances are you came across a copycat website. (more about copycat passport sites ...)

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Why I left Sky for Plusnet TV

by , Gardening Editor Technology 4 July 2015
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Pointing a remote control at a TV

After nearly 14 years as a Sky customer, I’ve just cancelled. I’ve only ever been on the basic Sky+ package but at nearly £30 a month – and with regular price hikes – it began to feel like an albatross around my neck. (more about switching TV provider ...)

6 people have joined in this Conversation

What things do you reuse in your garden?

by , Senior Gardening researcher/writer Energy & Home 3 July 2015
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recycling in the garden

My mother was a notorious skinflint and I think I’ve inherited the gene. Why pay for a plantpot saucer when a plastic food container will do? Why buy plant ties when old tights do a much better job? (more about new uses for old stuff ...)

3 people have joined in this Conversation

Tell us your experience of complaining about public services

by , Audit Manager Consumer Rights 2 July 2015
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Make complaints count illustration

How easy is it for you to complain about a public service and to seek redress for any wrong suffered? Charles Nancarrow, from the National Audit Office, has co-authored a report looking at how the system works. (more about complaining about public services ...)

3 people have joined in this Conversation

Freephone numbers really are now free for all

by , Campaign Manager Consumer Rights 2 July 2015
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costly calls

I like companies with 0800 numbers. To me it’s like they’re saying: ‘Give us a ring, we’re happy to talk to you and it won’t cost you a penny.’ Well, unless you’re calling from a mobile that is. (more about 0800 number changes ...)

8 people have joined in this Conversation

Is it time to ditch your traditional savings account?

by , Money Editor Money 30 June 2015
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coins in glass jar

Interest rates on traditional savings accounts are now so poor that many of us are deciding to choose alternative homes for our money. But is it really time to turn our back on them altogether? (more about savings accounts ...)

8 people have joined in this Conversation

Has an expandable garden hose caused you problems?

by , Gardening Editor Energy & Home 29 June 2015
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hoses

Watering the garden? It can be a real pain using an old-style hosepipe that can be heavy, gets tangled, kinks, leaks or even splits. Which is why I bought an XHose - one of the whizzy stretchy, expandable hoses. (more about expandable garden hoses ...)

11 people have joined in this Conversation

Why are letting agent fees so high?

by , Consumer Rights Producer Consumer Rights 28 June 2015
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Moving house can be expensive. And for those of us who rent, one of the most significant and annoying costs can be the fees charged by letting agents. It's even more annoying when it's hard to find what these are. (more about letting agent fees ...)

7 people have joined in this Conversation

Travel money myths and why I miss travellers’ cheques

by , Conversation Editor Money 27 June 2015
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Currency

Getting travel money used to be simple. When I first went abroad to Greece 20 years ago I brought travellers’ cheques - like everyone else seemed to do at the time. (more about travel money ...)

14 people have joined in this Conversation

Should you be nudged away from making financial mistakes?

by , Stirling Behavioural Science Centre Money 26 June 2015
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Is it right to shape people’s behaviour to help them make better financial decisions? In this guest post, Professor Liam Delaney explores the pros and cons of ‘Nudge’… (more about 'nudge'...)

12 people have joined in this Conversation

Is your bank now putting customers before sales?

by , Senior money researcher Money 25 June 2015
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Bank sign with a crack in it

The idea of banks putting customers first may make you laugh. Especially if yours still tries to persuade you to take out a packaged current account with benefits you don't need. Or when you think about the PPI saga. (more about banks ...)

6 people have joined in this Conversation

Is wireless smartphone charging worth the hype?

by , Digital Producer Technology 24 June 2015
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wireless charger

I’m seeing wireless charging advertised everywhere lately. Well-known brands, such as Samsung, promise ‘no cables, no connectors’. But if something sounds too good to be true... (more about wireless charging ...)

16 people have joined in this Conversation

Why I don’t take a compact camera on holiday any more

by , Senior Technology Researcher Technology 23 June 2015
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Holiday picture

When packing for a holiday, a compact camera used to be one of the first items I’d throw into my suitcase. Now it sits on a shelf at home while I enjoy myself in the sun. (more about taking holiday photos ...)

8 people have joined in this Conversation

Brief cases: what are your rights when a holiday is cancelled?

by , Which? Lawyer Consumer Rights 22 June 2015
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flights with suitcases

Imagine the frustration of a special family holiday being cancelled at the last minute. When this happened to Valerie she was able to get back not only the cost of the holiday but - with our help - £3,000 compensation. (more about holiday compensation ...)

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