Brits hell bent on bagging a sale bargain ended up wasting a huge £865 million over the last year on botched sales purchases they later regretted, finds MoneySuperMarket.
A quarter (25%) of UK adults plan to reduce their spending in 2015 as they expect next year to be harder on their personal finances, according to research released by the Money Advice Service.
Citizens Advice is calling on all energy companies to give prepayment customers a ‘debt holiday’ this winter.
Around 23.6 million people (49.9%) have left some of their festive shopping until the last minute and will be hitting the shops on Christmas Eve, according to research from Sainsbury’s Bank Credit Cards.
£223m worth of unwanted Christmas gifts are set to be returned this year and Gocompare.com is urging people to check retailer’s returns policies before heading to the shops, as 45% of Brits who have tried to return gifts in the past said they had been unsuccessful.
In the lead up to the festive season, consumer confidence has increased to reach its highest score since the start of the index, climbing three points to 154, according to Lloyds Bank Spending Power Report.
Vodafone UK customers will be able to take advantage of ultrafast 4G roaming in 40 countries with the addition of 17 destinations in time for Christmas and the New Year.
Many people will be rockin’ around the Christmas tree with the 5.8 million pensioners (53 per cent) who will host friends and families at home on Christmas Day this year, according to new research from Prudential.
Consumers and businesses set to benefit from guaranteed £5bn investment into UK’s mobile infrastructure.
For the first time ever, fixed rate energy tariffs dominate the top 10 cheapest deals on the market, all offering average bills below £1,000, according to analysis from MoneySuperMarket.
A million home improvement measures will keep Britain’s homes warmer for less this Christmas thanks to the Government’s energy efficiency schemes.
Many householders could be starting the new year with a bigger energy bill as 13 fixed-term energy tariffs – including 10 from four of the UK’s ‘big six’ suppliers – will expire on New Year’s Eve, resulting in average bill hikes of almost 8% for those who haven’t yet switched to a better deal.
Almost three quarters (72%) of UK energy consumers with traditional energy meters said they would be happy to have a smart meter installed, according to a survey by uSwitch.com.
As temperatures start to fall and many Brits struggle to cope with the pressure of paying energy bills, new research from Mintel highlights the widespread consumer inertia which exists in the energy industry, and finds just a quarter (25%) of consumers have changed their energy supplier in the last 12 months.
One in five Brits say that they plan to banish the post-Christmas and January blues by booking a holiday in January.
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