It’s nearly time to say goodbye to 2017 and welcome in 2018. But before we say farewell to this year, let’s take a look at our most read stories of the last 12 months.
Mental health has regularly been in the headlines in the last 12 months. In January, Polly Mackenzie from the Money and Mental Health Policy Institute wrote about the problems people face when it comes to managing their money, impulse buying and the vampire economy.
As we headed into Lent, many of us were looking for things we could give up for a month. But, not only can cutting out the takeaways, chocolate and booze be good for our health, it can be good for your finances as well.
Every year people lose more and more money to increasingly complex financial scams. This year, as part of the Financial Conduct Authorities ‘Take Five’ campaign, we looked at some of the different kinds of scam, how to avoid them and what to do if you’ve been targeted.
The start of the new financial year always brings significant changes and 2017 was no different. There were big changes this year to income tax, benefits and a range of other areas.
Contactless and digital payments have revolutionised how we pay for things in recent years. But there has also been a big shake-up in our physical money as well, with a new £1 coin, £5 note and £10 note. Unfortunately, this has meant we’ve had to say goodbye to our old friend the paper fiver.
New research from the Money Advice Service has found one in six adults are at risk of crisis debt – but only 20% of those people seek help. In June, we asked people to help by learning the signs of problem debt so they could identify them in friends and family.
Not only did things get more expensive in 2017, but they also got smaller. Toilet rolls, chocolate bars and fruit juice were among more than 2,500 products that have reduced in size in the last five years.
Once the summer holidays are over, it’s time to pack the kids back off to school. But the back-to-school rush can put pressure on parent’s finances with new uniforms, bags and stationary. We sat down with our children and young people expert Kirsty, to talk about how to handle these costs.
September saw the tenth birthday of contactless payments. The tap-and-go payment system has radically changed the way we think about money, but while it might be convenient, you also need to be careful.
It’s never too early to start planning for Christmas. This year, we sat down with money expert Caroline and Christmas fan Sandrine to talk about the best ways to pay for and save in the run up to December.
Just as the year was coming to an end, there was a sudden burst in huge personal finance news. At the start of November, the Bank of England increased interest rates for the first time in over a decade.
Then there was a big announcement in The Budget about Stamp Duty for first-time buyers. At the start of December, we answered some of the questions you had about this change.
Happy New Year and we look forward to seeing you in 2018!