Are you still penny pinching?

Pile of pennies

For the first time in almost a decade, family spending fell last year. In 2009 the average household spent less on everything from clothes to package holidays. But are you still watching the pennies?


Fees for holiday money are a pain


With Nationwide increasing its overseas charges and pre-paid cards still being hit by additional fees, paying to take your money out abroad can be expensive. Shouldn’t banks do more to help travellers?


Do you shop online or local at Christmas?

Plastic figures with trolleys on keyboard

‘It’s just another manic Monday’ is today’s mantra for online retailers as they cash in on what’s expected to be the busiest online shopping day of the year. Are you joining the masses, or will you shun convention?


The Convo top ten – magic eight ball

Pool balls

It’s the end of another week and it’s getting chilly outside. So to keep you in from the harsh winds, stay in and read our selection of this week’s best Conversations and the comments that caught our eye.


Tablet PCs are inspirational gadgets


You get what you pay for when it comes to tablets, and £500 is a price worth paying for one of life’s computing luxuries. Just make sure you avoid the cheap imitations.


Tablet PCs are inessential playthings

Next 10-inch Tablet on table

Stylish and slick, but overpriced. Wallet-friendly, but lacklustre. The current dearth of tablet PCs that can combine looks and functionality with affordability will put many people off buying one.