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One in three families struggle with back to school costs

With the end of the summer holidays looming, British parents are due to pay out over £1.9 billion to ensure their kids have everything they need for the new academic year, according to the latest research from Halifax.

Personal spending habits cause friction in over a third of relationships

How much you spend could have an impact on your relationship, according to a report into spending behavior commissioned by cashback and rewards site Quidco, that revealed that over one in three (38 per cent) of coupled up Brits argue about how much money is being spent by their partners.

Housing cost “cliff edge” with 3 in 5 worried about household bills

Citizens Advice has warned that competing bills mean that half of households will have to cut spending this year.

Parents spend £2.5 billion preparing kids for the new school term

Parents across the country face the costly task of preparing their kids for the new school year as new research by Santander Credit Cards reveals the eye-watering cost of going back to school.

Thirteen cheap fixed energy tariffs about to end

Commenting on the thirteen tariffs expiring between 31st August and 31st October, Stephen Murray, energy expert at MoneySuperMarket said: “Savvy switchers who are on last year’s cheapest deals need to act now to save again as they face paying up to £205 more than they need to for their energy.

Bagging a bargain: Why Brits can’t resist a special offer

Seeing a product that’s on sale or has had the price marked down is enough to convince two-thirds of shoppers to spend their money.

Warm Up North helps residents access energy efficiency solutions worth £3m

Warm Up North helps residents access energy efficiency solutions worth £3m

One of the UK’s largest energy efficiency initiatives, Warm Up North has now installed around £3 million worth of energy efficiency improvements in over 2,000 North East homes since the scheme started.

Parents get the maths wrong on back to school budget

Parents get the maths wrong on back to school budget

With the back to school deadline looming, it’s not just the kids who are caving in to peer pressure, as almost half (47 per cent) of parents admit they feel the need to buy their children new items to keep up with other parents.

EE customers get 4G speeds in 16 more countries this Bank Holiday

EE announced it has extended access to superfast 4G for customers travelling to 16 countries. The deals are the latest in a series of outbound roaming agreements that will allow EE customers to enjoy 4G speeds in the world’s most popular travel destinations.

Households waste £227 million a year leaving appliances on standby

Households across the country are losing out on £227 million a year by leaving electrical appliances on standby according to new research from uSwitch.com.

UK households need to find £406 each to maintain standard of living

The latest data shows UK inflation (CPI) grew by 1.6% in July 2014, down from 1.9% in June. This change in inflation leaves UK households collectively needing to find an extra £10.7bn a year to maintain their standard of living compared to 12 months ago, according to MGM Advantage, the retirement income specialist.

Boost your bottom line with a free broadband grant

Many small businesses across the UK can now obtain a free grant to upgrade their business to a faster broadband connection as part of the wider government rollout of superfast broadband.

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: