Category: News

Festive stress hits workers

The stress of the Christmas season leaves many Scots unable to function properly at work during December. The festive fizzle out sees nearly half of the workforce spending most of their day worried about the celebrations in the week running up to Christmas. More than two thirds say they are less productive this month due…
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More eat out this Christmas

Millions of Britons will snub the traditional home cooked lunch this Christmas in favour of celebrating at a restaurant. This year has seen such a big rise in the restaurant bookings for Christmas Day that it has become one of the most popular days of the year to eat out, after Valentine’s day and Mother’s…
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Don’t forget car insurance renewal this Christmas

The dangers of ignoring car insurance renewal forms have been highlighted, as Christmas cards fill festive mail bags. Ian Parker, managing director of Privilege Insurance said, “Christmas can be a busy time and, amidst all the excitement, it is easy to overlook chores such as renewing your car insurance. “But forgetting to do so can…
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Net lures Christmas shoppers

A report has said, “High street stores are facing a tough Christmas with more shoppers turning to the internet.” Research by analyst Mintel found that it is going to be a bumper festive season for cyber business, with many people shunning Christmas queues for the ease of the internet. A survey of 1,000 people by…
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A full set of Christmas decorations can be expensive

A Co-operative Bank study has revealed that people who like “Decorating their homes for Christmas could cost new homeowners as much as £1,000.” While long-term homeowners will have built up their collection of Christmas decorations year on year, first-time buyers spending Christmas in their new homes will be starting from scratch. But by buying sensibly…
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Toys, but nothing in the piggy bank

Christmas presents sometimes last only until Boxing Day, but if you contribute to a child’s savings account, it could make a real difference to their financial future. It is the season for giving and receiving, but parents are often reluctant to ask for cash instead of a present for their child. A study by the…
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Cheap mortgages can pay for Christmas

A report by Bradford &Bingley has claimed that the average Briton will spend £615 on festivities this year, but finding a cheaper mortgage can help reduce the financial blow. This is almost three times more than the average Briton is planning to spend over the course of the festive season. Research by the bank found…
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Be clever with credit this Christmas

The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) said “Young people could potentially save a lot of money by choosing the right type of credit this Christmas.” The OFT has joined forces with financial organisations, money advice agencies and Trading Standards Departments to help 18 to 24 year olds choose the kind of credit that best suits…
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Grandparents buy babies ‘stem cells’

Parents and grandparents are buying babies the gift of life for Christmas. They are paying out for the kid’s vital umbilical cord stem cells to be stored through Christmas “gift certificates,” a medical technology company say. Growing hype about the future potential of stem cell technology to treat a range of medical problems is driving…
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What you need to know about buying online

If you are planning to do the majority of your Christmas shopping this year on the internet you will need to get clicking quickly. There are several tips for online Christmas shopping, which can make the experience a smooth and pleasant one. If you want to get the best selection, begin your holiday shopping early.…
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