Is talking about money the final taboo?

Speech bubbles with money symbols

Apparently we hate talking about money even more than illness and a little less than death. It’s a shame, because the providers like it that way – and the more we keep schtum, the less we understand our finances.


My 13 lucky rules to beat wedding costs

Dogs getting married

So you pop The Question. The victim says yes. Congratulations! You’ve just entered… the wedding industry. But are you prepared to play by their rules? Here’s how to dodge the marketing tricks…


Can you afford to live to 100?

Lots of birthday candles

Of today’s population, more than 10 million are predicted to reach 100 years old. Should we be happy at the prospect of getting a royal telegram, or worried about who’ll look after us and how we’ll cope financially?


Are we getting bored of the car?

Woman looking bored in car

Fuel and car insurance costs are sky-high and traffic levels are reaching gridlock – it’s enough to make us fall out of love with motoring. But have we reached ‘peak car’ saturation where we choose to cast off the car?


It shouldn’t be a crime to rip CDs and DVDs

CD with coloured lights

Last week saw the publication of a long awaited report on the UK’s copyright laws. One of its main recommendations was that the copying of CDs and DVDs for private use should be made legal. Isn’t it about time?