Laura Whitcombe's blog
It’s time for me to bid Moneywise a very fond farewell. I’ve spent the past five years learning about money and how to take charge of my own personal finances as well as, hopefully, helping you to do the same. And what a five years it has been.
Before I became a homeowner, my dad warned me that my house would be a bottomless money pit. And boy, was he right.
I finally got on the property ladder in the South East two years ago. And since then, I’ve had the two most expensive years of my life. And my house is squarely to blame (ok, my wedding didn’t help but that’s another story).
The problem with energy switching is it’s painfully dull and takes far too long. But it starts off easily enough. You simply punch in your postcode into a comparison site, along with how much energy you use or how much you pay for it and some details about your current tariff. Then up springs a list of all the deals that could save you money.
I’ve just returned home from a six-day trip to Sardinia. It was my first visit to Italy, and it coincided with my first experience of shoddy service from an airline.
What do bodily fluids, chocolate, fishing rods, mirrors and guitars have in common? No, not a dodgy camping trip. The answer is Parcel Monkey. More specifically, it’s that they’re all on the delivery company’s restricted items list.
I’m not very good at getting up early, so I never have time to make myself a sandwich for work – nor am I organised enough to box up leftovers to have for lunch either.
I’ve just realised my laziness has cost me at least £700 in shop-bought lunches over the space of a year.
I recently enjoyed a week’s holiday in Tenerife with some friends and was able to flex my personal finance skills – twice.
I’ve had a NatWest Advantage Gold account for the past four years. Mostly, it served me well but having reviewed my finances at the end of 2013, I decided it was time to call it a day.
I think I may have experienced the best customer service in Britain in the past few weeks – from John Lewis and the Gina Conway beauty salon in Wimbledon.