The Top 6 Music Festivals for 2017

Summer is festival heaven. Whether you’re a fan of boutique events in UK woodlands or secret hideaways in Croatia, there are plenty of options to keep every possible type of festivalgoer entertained.  Glastonbury (21st – 25th June) Glastonbury remains the Mother of all music festivals and one that every true festival fan needs to attend at least once. Who’s playing? Radiohead, Ed Sheeran, Katie Perry, Foo Fighters, Solange. Where is it? Down on Worthy Farm in Pilton, Somerset. How do you get tickets? Tickets sell out in a day and most have now already been sold, unless you know someone in a band or you’re prepared to buy a VIP package. Comfort tip: Hire a yurt, don’t camp. The Glastonbury site is notorious for being a mud bath if it rains and Glasto is notorious for taking place on the only rainy weekend in June.. Truck Festival (21st – 23rd July) Self-named “the godfather of the small festival scene” Truck festival is a leading independent event. Offering all the exc

Top 10 cheapest places in the UK to live

Do you like where you live? What would you change about your current hometown if you could alter one thing? For many people, the biggest discomfort factor right now is affordability – or lack of it. Rising house prices, transport costs and the expenses involved in trying to have a social life can all impact on budgets. If the idea of upping sticks and moving to the place where your day-to-day costs would be as low as possible appeals, here are the top 10 options: Copeland, Cumbria Copeland is one of the six districts of Cumbria, which is one of the UK’s most outstanding areas of natural beauty. It’s also one of the most affordable parts of the country with the average property price being £114,011, a figure that has shifted only minimally in 12 months. House prices here are three times the annual average salary of £37,000 £39,000. That may sound a lot but compare it to Kensington & Chelsea where the average house price is 46 times the average annual salary. Copeland also rate

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

Top 5 money problems faced by Britons today

Figures from the Money Advice Service in 2016 found that more than 8 million Britons have ‘problem debt’. This is just one of the numerous money problems that keep many of us awake at night. Issues with money cover a whole wide range of areas. From not having enough in the bank for a rainy day, to being unable to repay what has been borrowed, few of us has escaped with our finances constantly in the pink. As we start a new year, what are the top 5 money problems likely faced by Britons in 2017? The Christmas Hangover A survey in December 2016 found that more than a quarter of families in Briton were planning to borrow to pay for Christmas. With the average cost of Christmas coming in at £700 £800 for a household, it’s easy to see how we get into trouble. The temptation to borrow and put off thinking about it until the new year is too great when there are gifts to get and turkey to buy. However, that means that for a lot of people January can be a really difficult month. Borro

Top 5 things to help cut your home contents insurance premium

Alongside your home buildings insurance, contents insurance protects your possessions should the worst happen. While home buildings insurance will cover repairs or rebuilding of your home in the event of damage caused by such things as fire or flooding, your possessions inside the home are only covered by contents insurance. You may already have contents insurance either combined with a buildings insurance premium or a standalone policy you may be looking to insure your possessions inside your first home or you simply want to move to a better deal. Whatever your situation, there are steps you can take to reduce the cost of contents insurance but only after you’ve worked out what the minimum amount of cover you require is before you start getting quotes. While it may be tempting to go for the cheapest premium, remember that going down that route might mean that you are not fully covered and, in the event of major damage or theft, the policy might not cover the full cost or repair or

Top 12 crazy jobs that pay crazy money

Not everyone spends their days in an office staring at a computer screen or on the factory floor amidst the noise of a production process. Some people actually eschew these traditional forms of employment in favour of excitement and variety and, sometimes, those jobs just happen to come with very generous pay. So here are the top 12 jobs (some of which you might never have heard of) which pay extraordinary amounts of money! Crazy jobs, big money Professional bridesmaid. There are some people who don’t get married in church or at their local register office. Often, they will fly to an exotic location which relations or friends cannot afford and so the bride will need a bridesmaid who she may never have met before. There are plenty of so-called ‘professional bridesmaids’ charging anything from £500 to £5,000 to hold the bride’s train walking up the aisle. Lift mechanic. Ever been stuck in a lift with a group of people you’ve never met before or a guy with halitosis? It isn

Top 10 ways you are Wasting Money

Being financially better off requires a combination of two main factors: being able to earn money and the ability to manage spending. Even though you may feel like you have great control over your finances, there are still plenty of spending traps that can result in you having less in the bank at the end of the month than there should be. Kick start your finances this summer by ensuring you’re avoiding these Top 10 ways you are wasting money. Bottled water If you sit down and think about how much sense it makes to pay for something that comes out of the tap it’s just a bit bizarre. Yes, many bottled water brands claim health benefits and you may prefer the taste but the extortionate cost can be a real waste of money. Try a filter jug instead of paying by the bottle or invest in a water filtration bottle which you can carry around just like bottled water but which you fill from the tap. Branded products It’s no secret that supermarkets hike up the prices of certain branded produc