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I recently enjoyed a week’s holiday in Tenerife with some friends and was able to flex my personal finance skills – twice.

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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.

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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.

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Now that financial education is to be taught in all secondary schools from the start of the new school year, 16-year-old Christopher, who is doing work experience with Moneywise today, shares his views on what money means to him.

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Let me start off by saying that I’m a big fan of car hire in general – it’s much more cost effective than buying a car that ends up sitting in a driveway for days on end because you commute to work. And sharing cars is much more eco-friendly too.

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I've been trialling a personal energy assistant for the past couple of months – and no, that's not a man that comes round to make sure I've turned off all the lights and my hair straighteners before I go to work (although, that would be useful).
 
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British city slickers are putting their lives at risk 32 times a week as they travel to and from the office, research from insurer LV= has revealed.

LV= also found that more than 1.7 million of us have been injured during our commute, to the extent we’ve needed time off work (anything from a day to more than six months).

I can quite believe it.

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Another year and another game of cat and mouse with my car insurer to get a decent price for renewing my policy. I share my insurance with my fiancé. We have a five-year old Ford Focus, currently worth about £2,700, and last year our policy with Admiral cost us £550. To renew it for the next 12 months, Admiral wanted us to cough up another £100.

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I’ve just turned 29. That means one thing. I’ve just spent an awful lot of time walking back and forth and queuing up outside my local Royal Mail sorting office to collect my parcels.

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