The year of peer-to-peer finance

Peer to Peer lending advert

Last year, peer-to-peer websites lent out more than twice as much money as they did in 2012. In fact, this alternative to borrowing and saving with a bank recently became a £1bn industry.


Are you cutting back this Christmas?

Man making insurance claim at Christmas

Christmas is often a time of excess, but even before people’s thoughts turn to trimming the waistline it appears many of us are cutting costs and planning festive fun on a tighter budget.


Haggling to survive the cost of living crisis

Hand shake on a deal

You might have read how our chief exec Peter Vicary-Smith haggled on his car insurance. Have you caught the haggling bug? Using your power to bargain for a better deal can be the key to coping in today’s economy.


What are your top money-saving tips?

Money falling out of jeans pocket

From buying reduced-to-clear items to taking an advanced driving course – you’ve told us about lots of wonderful ways to save money. But have you put any of them into practice?


Tesco Clubcard fraud: have you been affected?

Tesco clubcard

Loyalty card points gained at shops and supermarkets can be a great way to spend and save for specific purchases and special occasions. But what would you do if your hard-earned rewards were suddenly taken from you?


Would you buy Bitcoins?

Bitcoins, taken by Zach Copley

With savings rates stagnating, I, like many others, have been tempted by the thought of turning a small amount of cash into something significant in a short time frame. As a result, I very nearly bought some Bitcoins…


Is the weight over for better gym contracts?

Gym contract

How’s that ‘get fit’ resolution working out for you? Are you still going to the gym, or are the only pounds dropping off the ones from your bank account? Soon, your cancellation rights could be strengthened.


Does working from home work for you?

Picture of a woman working at home

No commuting to and from the office and creature comforts to hand – on the face of it there’s a lot to like about working from home. But which jobs allow such a lifestyle? What are the pros and cons to self-employment?