Category Archives: Shopping

Why energy prices have been rising – and what YOU can do about them

BY Iona Bain AND MIKE YOUNIE Energy prices have been a major talking point in the media recently – little wonder, when both households and politicians appear to be obsessed with this rather heated debate. Pardon the pub! In recent … Continue reading

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The vital opportunity totally missed by Zoella and other beauty vloggers

cOULD vloggers USE their immense INFLUENCE TO DISCUSS THE MATERIALISTIC PRESSURES FACED BY YOUNG PEOPLE? IONA BAIN It’s hard to comprehend a time when the internet didn’t completely dominate our existence. When I was a teenager, the internet was just … Continue reading

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Dealing with social pressures to spend: a few suggestions

Iona Bain Picture the scene: it’s Friday night and your friends want to go out to a bar or a fancy new restaurant.  But you’re not sure if you can afford it – perhaps you’ve been splashing out a bit … Continue reading

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The problem with moneysaving apps

While some moneysaving apps can be genuinely handy, others might encourage you to spend unnecessarily or change your shopping habits. I examine the pitfalls of these downloads and point you towards (in my humble opinion) genuinely helpful apps. By Iona … Continue reading

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Food for thought: how to stop waste in Food Bank Britain

  The Young Money Blog is embarking on a campaign to keep a lid on food costs and wastage. So many young people can play their part in making the most of what they’ve got in the cupboard – so … Continue reading


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Are you worrying about a New Year debt hangover? If so, read on…

IONA BAIN FOR THE HERALD A worrying new survey has found the majority of Scots, 55%, are getting used to living beyond their means, typically spending £119 that they do not have each month. Over a third now view their … Continue reading

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Is Lady Gaga and the like taking young fans for a ride?

As One Direction and Lady Gaga are set to cash in on their newest projects, I look at the marketing techniques deployed by the entertainment industry, and ask whether it is financially exploiting young fans by IONA BAIN Why has … Continue reading

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Traidcraft; how to shop ethically AND get good value for money

by Iona Bain As the New Year sales continue, here’s my tip (from Christmas) one how to get great products for a reasonable price Happy 2013 blog readers! I wanted to kick the New Year off with some reflections on … Continue reading

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Should Dealcloud have offered a discount on online gambling?

By Iona Bain Group-buying, cashback and voucher code websites have exploded in popularity during the recession, offering shoppers tempting discounts on jewellery, restaurant meals, even holidays. Now, you don’t even have to scour such websites to find the biggest discounts, … Continue reading


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My Christmas Manifesto PART TWO: The easiest ways to be ethical and charitable this year

You don’t have to be a wealthy philanthropist to give to charity this Christmas – here are some clever and easy ways to donate this festive season. By Iona Bain Christmas is just around the corner, and many young people … Continue reading

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