Family life

Seven reasons not to buy a gift card

Friday, 11 November 2016 | Article

If you’ve left your Christmas shopping to the last minute, it’s tempting to splash out on gift cards from your favourite stores. We look at the potential pitfalls of this popular stopgap gift.

Five ways to cut the cost of Christmas

Thursday, 10 November 2016 | Article

As Christmas draws ever closer, it’s time to get the preparations under way.

The ups and downs of looking after your grandchildren

Monday, 17 October 2016 | Article

Families squeezed by falling real incomes and rising childcare costs are increasingly relying on the generosity of ‘granny nannies’ to help them out. We look at the joy it can bring and the pitfalls to avoid.

How to be a financially savvy singleton

Thursday, 29 September 2016 | Article

From renting or buying property to paying household bills, everything is weighted against those living alone. Here, we look at ways to relieve those money worries.

Over half of people give 'no thought' to funeral costs

Friday, 16 September 2016 | News

Over half of people (52%) and a third of over-55s have not thought about their own funeral costs, let alone plan for it, according to new research from industry body the Funeral Planning Authority (FPA).

Parents shell out £165 to kit kids out for school

Tuesday, 06 September 2016 | News

Kids are back to school this week, but American Express hasn’t been slacking on its summer holiday homework, it’s been busy researching the cost of school for parents and it’s come up with some expensive conclusions.

Thousands due refund after RBS student account error

Monday, 12 December 2016 | News

Tens of thousands of people will receive refunds, plus interest, for charges incorrectly applied to student current accounts held with RBS and NatWest between 2002 and 2016.

Student finances 2017/18: What you need to know

Tuesday, 12 September 2017 | Article

Moneywise explains the cheapest and safest ways for students to borrow and budget, plus we explore whether it is better to pay university fees up front or to take out a student loan.

Millennials face twice the inflation rate versus pensioners

Tuesday, 09 August 2016 | News

Millennials - those aged 25-34 years - face at least twice the inflation rate of older generations, according to new research from Fidelity.

Families fined £5.6m for term-time holiday absence

Thursday, 07 July 2016 | News

Families hoping to save cash by going on holiday before the schools break up for summer could collectively face millions of pounds worth of fines, according to new research.