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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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