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


7 retail tricks we all keep falling for

Are you in full control of your senses when you go shopping, making rational and intelligent purchasing decisions as you go? Of course, we all think that’s what we do, which is exactly what retail companies would like us to think. It’s not so much Big Brother, more like clever marketing, subliminal messaging and neuroscience. In a continuous attempt to increase profits, retail companies are devising ever smarter ways to stay one step ahead of consumer behaviour. In this way, even the savviest shopper can be routinely ‘led astray’ into spending more money than he’d originally planned. None of us is immune to it, and here is how it works: Sales and discount offers If there’s a sale on, there’s bound to be bargains to be had, right? Wrong. There may well be some in-store reductions, but big bold SALE posters are a tried and tested method to entice more customers into the store, where more often than not they will buy non-sale items. If you are tempted by an ‘unbeatable b

Mental tricks to help improve bad money habits

Oct 13, 2014 Blog RSS feed Like many other areas of life, when it comes to money management, a lot of the issues that many of us have are related to the bad habits that we have fallen into. You may be an over spender, or perhaps you’re the kind of person more likely to stick your head in the sand than deal with the red letters landing on your doormat. Either way, negative money attitudes are simply behaviour patterns that have been picked up over the years – and that means that they can be altered. Sometimes, the easiest way to take the first steps towards changing those patterns is to trick your brain into leaving them behind. Stick your head out of the sand One of the easiest ways to keep overspending and wasting money is through ignorance. If you have no idea what is coming into your account or going out then you don’t really know how much you’re spending or what anything costs. Many of us don’t want to think about our finances – especially if times are tight – but a