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Family finance

Money Matters editor Amanda Blinkhorn covers a host of money issues, advice and tips in her engaging, down to earth manner

Funeral costs

Funeral costs

The news that the cost of dying is overtaking the cost of living is just killing me

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Household bills

Household bills

I wasn’t surprised to discover this week that the average British household spends £12,000 a year paying household and personal bills.

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ISA information

ISA information

I’ve always felt slightly annoyed by the fact that finding a decent savings rate is like trying to run a marathon in flip-flops through water!

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Making time to save

Making time to save

Dealing with money, like anything to do with maths or numbers, tends to get a bad press, with far too many people feeling that it is either too difficult or too boring!

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Money management

Money management

From this September children will be given lessons in money management at school for the first time.

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Money worries affect health

Money worries affect health

Public Health England wants doctors to start prescribing financial advice to their patients.

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Mortgage risk assessment

Mortgage risk assessment

Instead of working out whether or not we earn enough to qualify for a mortgage, lenders are responding to a perceived risk of mortgage default by asking how much we spend and what we spend it on.

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New payment methods

New payment methods

I wonder how long it will take for purses and wallets to become as charmingly retro as cigarette cases or leatherette chequebook holders.

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New Year budgets

New Year budgets

My New Year’s resolution is to make a budget and stick to it. Ok so it’s the same as it is every year, but this year I’m determined to see it through.

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Pensions

Pensions

What is it that compels us to put ourselves through such needless stress and pressure? I think it’s a combination of panic and personality!

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Saving money

Saving money

According to a survey by Ofgem half of us complain about our household bills, but can’t be bothered to switch supplier.

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Zombie saving accounts

Zombie saving accounts

Now that the storms have calmed down I’ve found a new way to lose sleep – zombies.

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