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Brits will receive unwanted gifts

Brits to receive '60 million unwanted gifts'

Christmas shoppers could avoid giving one of 60 million unwanted gifts this Christmas by opting for a gift card that ‘gives the recipient the chance to choose their perfect present’.

Christmas shopping can be tricky

Managing your Christmas finances

Making the most of Christmas can easily be done if you keep on top of your budget, shop wisely and take advantage of offers.

Budgeting for a new home could mean sacrifice

Planning to upsize your home

If you're planning to upsize your home then there's a number of key things to consider, including the budget for a new home, type of mortgage you're after and the total amount that's going to be borrowed.

It pays to prepare for summer

Spring cleaning your budget for summer

With the summer fast approaching, many of us will be looking to make the most our budget. By spring cleaning finances you can ensure that summer spending is just how you want it to be.

ISAs can offer tax free savings returns

Managing your budget in the new tax year

With the new tax year well under way now is the perfect time to make the most of your finances. By putting all your finances into perspective and saving for the future, this tax year could see you and your finances flourish.

Valentine's Day need not cost the world

Making the most of your Valentine’s Day

Every year the pressure involved with meeting the expectations of loved ones can be huge and Valentine’s Day is certainly no exception. However, it is possible to stretch your cash further by planning ahead, shopping around and looking for the best deal.

The poll suggests more couples using vouchers

Make your money go further this Valentine’s

People looking to make the most of their money this Valentine's Day could well look towards the elusive voucher code to see their money stretch further. A recent poll has suggested that people are more open to being money conscious in romantic situations.

Save money by making packed lunches

Everyday money saving tips

The most expensive and indulgent month of the year is almost over – and now it’s time to treat our financial hangovers. Here are our top tips for simple money saving day-to-day, to give you the healthiest possible financial start to 2012.

Shoppers advised to spread cost of Christmas

'Get budgeting for Christmas 2012'

Drawing up a successful well-thought out budget could help consumers avoid having to turn to credit cards and debt to fund major events like Christmas. And while there is still time to save a bit of money ahead of this year’s festivities, a budgeting bank account provider wants people to plan ahead for 2012.

Brits refuse to give up nights out

Budgeting Brits refuse to forego luxuries

Cash-strapped Brits are cutting back on basics such as food and clothes in order to keep spending on ‘lifestyle essentials’ such as holidays and nights out. Protection specialist LV= found the average household splashed out £5,850 on the top 10 luxury items in the last year.

New card controls teenage purse strings

Parents can rein in teenagers' spending with new card

Parents can now control their teenagers’ spending with a new prepaid MasterCard especially for the over 13s. The product enables mums and dads to set children a monthly allowance which they can upload from their own ‘parent’ card.

Mexican holidays rise in popularity

Index reveals cost-effective holiday hotspots

Mexico and Turkey are proving popular destinations this year as holidaying Brits seek out favourable exchange rates and cost-effective all-inclusive packages. American Express has recorded a significant jump in the volume sales of Mexican and Turkish currencies.

Newlyweds advised to review finances

New 10-point financial plan to help newlyweds

A new 10-point financial plan has been designed by wealth management experts to help newlywed couples set themselves up for a better future. Advisers at Baigrie Davies say the plan outlines some of the financial issues that should be tackled by married couples.

Brits to spend £267 celebrating Royal wedding

Patriotic Brits to spend £267 on wedding festivities

Households are set to spend an average £267 each on Royal Wedding festivities, new research reveals. The Co-operative Bank has found those who won’t be jetting off to sunnier climes for the four-day break will be celebrating the occasion with friends and family at home.

Save cash at the fuel pump by switching cars

12 top tips to save money in 2011

Twelve top money saving tips have been released to help people combat the VAT increase and rising living costs.

Students pool resources for big nights out

Savvy students turn to 'kittynomics' to save cash

Savvy university students are saving millions of pounds a year by pooling their financial resources, according to a new poll by Barclays. The bank found more and more students are using 'kittynomics' to manage their living expenses.

Watch the savings add up with new resolutions

Trim hundreds of pounds off family budget

Hundreds of pounds can be trimmed from the average family budget by following some top money saving tips. Moneymaxim website has come up with five New Year's resolutions which it says will help people save money in 2011.

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Leeds unveils new cash ISA range

New cash ISAs can be opened with £1

Leeds Building Society has launched a new trio of easy access fixed rate cash ISAs. The one year fixed rate ISA offers a 2.5 per cent return, the two year version pays 2.75 per cent and the three year account pays three per cent.

Personal loan rates 'drop 2 per cent'

Personal loans can help with household costs

The average rate of a personal loan has dropped, according to comparison website Moneysupermarket.com. Figures from the site suggest that rates are 2 per cent lower than they were in 2008.