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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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My Christmas Manifesto: how to have a cheap, charitable and absolutely fantastic time this year

Young people are getting back to basics this Christmas, forgoing expensive shopping trips and remembering the things that really matter. In this two part series, I offer up some helpful ways to have fun and be generous without breaking the … Continue reading

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Spying on my driving? If it keeps my premiums down, hell yeah!

Would you be prepared to have a little black box monitor your driving if it kept your car insurance affordable? I look at the new wave of young driver policies to see if they really worK   BY Iona Bain … Continue reading

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Mobiles follow-up: do NOT buy a new smartphone without reading this!

Are YOU in the market for a fancy smartphone? I am, but trying to figure out which models and contracts offer value for money is somewhat befuddling. Luckily, the Young Money Blog has done a bit of investigating – and … Continue reading

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Iona’s comment: festival woes can only be a good thing for young music fans

In this occasional series, Iona comments on what’s in the news and what it means for you. This week, the BBC suggests the heyday of festivals may be over. Amidst all the anarchy in London this week, one very interesting … Continue reading

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How to get cheap train tickets this summer

I saved a bundle on my recent staycation by knowing where to go for my train ticket. Don’t let the glitzy adverts or confusing websites mislead you – here is how to make a real saving using split ticketing, free … Continue reading

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How to get a smart deal on your smartphone

As the iPhone 4 becomes Britain’s most popular phone, long-term contracts have been ushered in to allow customers to spread the cost of this pricey HANDSET. HOWEVER, when young people need flexible and affordable options,  shorter contracts and cheaper smartphones … Continue reading

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Competitions and student discounts: festivals follow-up

Get clicking and you never know, you might save a fortune and get top tickets this summer for free – or at a nifty discount As tickets get more and more expensive, it is little wonder that so many competitions … Continue reading

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Have festivals got too expensive for young fans?

IONA’S MONEY BLOG – THE FIRST OF ITS KIND FOR YOUNG PEOPLE – STARTS HERE!   Young music fans have snubbed the Reading and Leeds Festival this year – is a stale line-up to blame? Or are rising tickets costs, … Continue reading

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