How to check if your new fiver’s worth £100s

Do you have a new plastic fiver stashed in your wallet? The smaller, polymer notes, which feature Sir Winston Churchill rather than Elizabeth Fry, were released last month. And while they’ll soon become commonplace, some collectors are forking out big time for rare new notes with special serial numbers. Now, it’s important to stress that recent headlines of...

Airport parking warning: How being too precise can cost you £££s

Airport parking can be cheap if booked ahead. But you risk big charges if you overstay due to a delayed return flight – though there’s a trick to get round this. Update 4 July 2017: Although this was first published in October 2016, the principles in this blog still apply. The problem, as I found last week, comes when...

App-based banking – is this the future?

“The future of banking, available today.” That’s the bold message adorning the homepage of newly-formed Atom Bank. ‘Challenger’ banks such as Atom have sprung to life in recent years, thanks in part to the Financial Conduct Authority lowering the amount of capital required to form a new bank, in 2013. We regularly feature a number of challenger banks in our...

Under 26? Nab theatrical bargains galore for a tenner or less

Hi. My name’s Rosie and I’m a theatre addict. There, I’ve said it. And while I love sitting in a dark room full of strangers watching people pretend to be other people, I’m not a fan of the hefty price tag that often comes with it. With premium tickets for West End shows sometimes topping £100 a...

Mourinho savings – double interest if Utd win title

Last week, an email popped up in my inbox: “Virgin Money launches the ‘Manchester United Champions Bond’ for savers”. It offers fixed 1.25% interest for a year, but comes with a twist – the rate is doubled to 2.5% if Man Utd win the Premier League in 2016/17. So I immediately forwarded it to Martin and new...

Should you buy euros/dollars before EU vote result? New trick solves this problem

Update, Tuesday 5 July: This trick still works but the Brexit vote led to many currency firms watering down the gain. The text below is as first published on 21 June so for the latest firm-by-firm info see our Travel Money Tips guide. The EU referendum’s on Thursday and we’ve been swamped with people asking: “Should I buy currency before then,...

How the Government wants to encourage pension saving

The Government is consulting with pensions experts and the public on how to ensure the pensions system is future-proof and how to encourage pension saving.