Rip-offs

Beware the buy now, pay later rip-off

Monday, 18 August 2014 | Article

Catalogue shopping at home might be easy but do you understand the rules?

Guaranteed delivery? Pigs will fly

Wednesday, 20 June 2012 | Blog | By Laura Whitcombe

Did you do anything nice to celebrate Father’s Day? I had to hang my head in shame and apologise to my Dad for my card being a no-show.

Mobile phone providers: the new rip-off merchants

Monday, 24 September 2012 | Article

Oh, how did we ever manage before mobile phones?

Four Valentine's Day honey traps to avoid

Monday, 13 February 2012 | Article

The origins of Valentine's Day are unclear.

Suckers for love

Monday, 13 February 2012 | Blog | By Laura Whitcombe

I would have to say that this year's Valentine's Day will be my best one yet. Why, I hear you ask? No, i'm not expecting to wake up to a dozen red roses. Nor am I being whisked away to Paris.

Avoid these New Year's Eve rip–offs

Thursday, 29 December 2016 | Article

For many of us New Year's Eve is one of the most overrated – and overpriced – nights of the year.

The 12 cons of Christmas: Part three

Friday, 19 December 2014 | Article

When those Christmas bells begin to chime, wallets are loosened and the nation goes shopping crazy. Research by ING has found that we will spend £350 each on gifts alone.

The 12 cons of Christmas: Part one - Christmas shopping

Friday, 19 December 2014 | Article

Boiler engineers employ dubious practices

Tuesday, 16 August 2011 | News

Gas boiler engineers are failing to make basic checks and recommending expensive repair jobs instead, consumer campaigner group Which? says.

Dodgy doorstep tradesmen top complaints list

Tuesday, 19 July 2011 | News

Dodgy tradesmen are the most complained about doorstep sellers, according to a new report from the Office of Fair Trading.