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Students should swot up to make savvy financial decisions

Cash strapped students preparing to start university should check their finances to ensure they’re getting the best possible deals, advises MoneySuperMarket.com.

University students spend £667 million a year on travel to lectures

University students are spending £485 per year travelling to and from university, equivalent to a collective £667 million, reveals new research from the 1l2l3 Student Current Account.

Extra Energy launches cheapest energy plan on the market

Commenting on the latest and cheapest energy deal to enter the market, Emma Bush, energy expert at uSwitch.com, says:

Consumer confidence back on the up

The Lloyds Bank Spending Power Report for July shows that overall consumer confidence has picked up to reach a new high of 147 points after taking a slight dip in June.

Close to 1.6 million UK households are ‘housing pinched’

Close to 1.6 million UK households – the housing pinched – are spending more than half their disposable income on the ongoing costs of housing each month, according to new analysis from the Resolution Foundation.

‘Suppliers out of excuses’ for high energy bills

Citizens Advice has called on the energy industry to be frank with its customers about why energy costs are so high, particular as wholesale costs are down.

Students spent more on rent and less on recreation in 2013

The amount of money spent on living costs by students fell in 2013 for the second year in a row.

Big six fall out of love with new customers

MoneySuperMarket data shows that British Gas, EDF, Eon, nPower, Scottish Power and SSE have been absent from the top five tables since Valentine’s Day.

Superfast broadband reaches 1 million more homes and businesses

The government’s rollout of superfast broadband has reached more than 1 million homes and businesses across the UK.

Brits leave their budgets at the airport

Holidays are a great time to switch off and relax, however new research from Clydesdale and Yorkshire Banks, revealed that many people are also taking the same approach to their holiday finances.

Plans for tough new energy market manipulation penalties

New laws would give UK energy regulators new powers to prosecute people suspected of abusing the energy market.

UK parents pledge £610 on exam rewards

UK parents pledge on average a whopping £610.00 in incentives and rewards to encourage their children to do well in their exams.

Signs of swifter energy switching

Switching energy supplier has begun to speed up following Ofgem’s pledge to enforce maximum 17 day transfers by the end of the year, according to price comparison service Make It Cheaper.

The best energy tariffs come in small packages

With three energy companies now offering dual fuel bills that cost less than £1,000 a year, analysis from Gocompare.com has shown that the vast majority (70.5%) of people who have switched energy provider recently chose a small supplier, while just over a quarter (29.5%) opted for a tariff from one of the UK’s ‘big six’.

Lifestyle 101: how to live within your means

With the exception of the most extreme cases, everyone is capable of living within their means. I am starting with the presumption that remaining alive and well is the ultimate goal, and that everyone has the means to sustain life and wellness from day to day.