Last minute tips for your Summer Holiday preparations

Given how much of the year is spent longing for the summer holidays it’s amazing how quickly they come around. One minute it’s Easter, the next you’re a day away from jumping on the plane and you don’t even have so much as a mosquito repellent to pack. Avoid being caught out before your summer hols this year with some hot tips for getting ready. Summer Holiday Top 10 Hot Tips Use e-tickets. We’ve all had that last minute dash to check in only to remember that the tickets/boarding passes we carefully printed out are sitting at home on the kitchen table. Give yourself one less thing to worry about this summer and use e-documents that you can access via your phone. Take a kindle. If you’re the kind of person who can’t holiday without filling half your suitcase with books then switch to a Kindle this year for a much less stressful (and lighter) travel experience. When you’re buying travel insurance look further than the price. Insurance comparison websites will give you a
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Top 10 tips to protect yourself from identity theft

In 2016, figures from fraud prevention service Cifas indicated that identity theft rose by 57% in 2015 – 2016. In the UK, 148,000+ people became victims of this digital crime, compared to 94,500 the year before. Fraudsters are increasingly able to target people due to the wealth of information we share online, particularly on social media sites like Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. And the motivation is high – as banks and other financial institutions become more and more able to spot a fake identity, cybercriminals have more need to steal a real one. So, how do you protect yourself against identity theft? Adjust your privacy settings Social media is an absolute goldmine for identity thieves, particularly as platforms like Facebook keep changing privacy settings and leaving personal data unwittingly revealed. Regularly check your privacy settings across all the social platforms that you use and make sure that you’re not revealing more than you want to. If you want to ensure only
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10 Tips for the best job interview technique

A great interview is a crucial step for anyone looking for a job offer from a new employer. However, it’s also the stage that many of us fear the most – and the part of the recruitment process so often left to chance. If you want to maximise your chances of being selected then these 10 essential tips will help you land the role. Prepare as much as you can According to a survey by employment website Monster jobs, 93% of employers agree that the level of candidate interview preparation will have an influence on whether or not an offer is made. Employers specifically look for candidates who have prepared for an interview and they have enough experience to spot those who don’t. Preparation could include everything from extensively researching the role and the market, to getting information about the business culture from social media and forums. Be on time In that same Monster survey, candidate timekeeping was the top most influential factor in terms of what employers look for. If y
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Tips and tricks for finding the cheapest summer 2017 holidays deals

If you haven’t yet booked a summer break then no doubt the recent heatwave has given you a taste for some down time. Whether you’re looking for a classic Spanish beach package holiday or a trip to Croatia, Italy or Greece, make sure you get your perfect trip at the right cost. From cheap package holidays, to cheap flights and accommodation, you can get a great price on everything when you know how. Cheap flights Book at the right time. Skyscanner recently carried out research that drew some pretty stark conclusions about how much airfares vary depending on when you travel. Although most of us assume that the entire summer is an expensive time that’s actually not the case. Skyscanner’s research found that if you travel from London to Alicante, for example, you’ll pay less in June and July than you would in August. If you can wait until early September then the savings are even better. Compare flights. Flight comparison websites are becoming increasingly more sophisticated and
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Top 10 personal finance tips I wish my parents had told me at 18

Various surveys over the past two years have shown that many of us Brits aren’t that great at handling our money. In fact, around half of UK adults are thought to be ‘living on a financial edge.’ For many, this is the result of being caught up in house price rises, the recession, or other issues out of individual control. But for a lot of us we probably could have done better with a little early help. If you could go back and have a word with your 18 year old self what financial tips would you pass on? We came up with these Top Ten but feel free to tell us yours in the comments section below: Tip 1: Start saving now At 18 years old you feel like you’re never going to get old. The tender age of 30 seems like a very distant milestone and houses, kids and pensions are less important than parties and travel. However, the advantages of saving early are huge. The younger you are the more years you have for compound interest to work its magic. For example, if you’d saved just £2,0
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Diet & Fitness tips for the New Year

It’s that time of year again when carb intake shoots up and exercise frequency drops down. What with all the mince pies, alcohol and late nights of December, most of us end up a little out of shape come New Year’s Eve. But, with a fresh year on the horizon, it’s time to think about some healthy changes for 2017. Whether you want to lose weight, or just get stronger, there are lots of ways to slim down and shape up in 2017. Try the GOLO diet GOLO was actually the most searched diet online in 2016 and yet somehow managed to stay mostly under the press radar. The diet is designed to help control weight by managing insulin. Meals are designed around fresh food and are low in processed ingredients. Insulin is the hormone that the human body uses to turn sugars from food into energy. The aim of the diet is to eat in a way that allows insulin to work properly and to encourage weight loss, rather than gain, from properly using food as fuel. Work your exercise around your life Tough Mudd
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5 tips to make your house more saleable

If you’re selling your home then the goal is to achieve the best possible price. While this has a lot to do with land and building design, a whole range of other factors can influence buying decisions too. You may not have the budget for a kitchen refit or brand new carpet. However, you can still have a positive influence on how saleable your home is with these top 5 tips. And if you re home has been on the market for a while and you want to make your house more saleable then these tips will be of particular interest. Tip 1 – de-clutter your space This is a great, simple tip for selling a home (and for life in general). Clutter is very off-putting to buyers. It prevents anyone who might be interested in purchasing your home from being able to really see it. Most people can’t see past other people’s clutter and will assume there is something to hide. Buyers also make judgements based on how cluttered a home is. For example, they may assume that a lack of organisation might mean
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