Would you buy a matching sofa and dog bed?

Owning a pet has become quite a thing during lockdown, with animal-lovers willing to fork out substantial sums of money to add a furry friend to their home. Take the price of puppies, which surged to more than £3,000 for some breeds last year, as people working from home or furloughed sought canine company. For … Read more

Could I buy in time to benefit from a stamp duty holiday extension?

We have just agreed the sale of our home and the purchase of a new one costing £600,000, and there is no chain beyond these two transactions. We had been working on the basis that there was no way we would benefit from the stamp duty holiday, but I have now read that it could … Read more

Buy now pay later schemes are fastest-growing online payment method

Surge in internet credit buys: Buy now pay later deals were fastest-growing online payment method last year By Ben Wilkinson for the Daily Mail Published: 22:01 GMT, 23 February 2021 | Updated: 22:01 GMT, 23 February 2021 Credit boom: Buy now, pay later schemes  are predicted to account for 10 per cent of UK online spending … Read more

Black influencer who stepped in to buy stranger’s shopping subject to ‘racist comments’

A black influencer who offered to pay for a stranger’s shopping has revealed how she was subjected to ‘racist’ comments from the mother she tried to help.  Oladunni Pelovangu, 32, from southeast London, took to Instagram to reveal she had noticed a ‘frantic’ woman with a screaming baby, who was ‘on the verge of tears’ … Read more

Cohabiting couple? Don’t buy a home together until you have asked these six key questions

The number of cohabiting couples submitting joint mortgage applications in 2020 rose by 60 per cent year-on-year, according to the Mortgage Advice Bureau.  In comparison, the number of joint mortgage applications submitted by those in civil partnerships rose by 15 per cent in the same period, whilst for married couples it was 11 per cent. … Read more

Cheapest and easiest ways to buy shares: Isa platforms and free trading apps compared

When it comes to investing, it can be almost as difficult to sort out the ‘how’ as the ‘what’. Selecting shares is tricky but choosing the online platform or app to buy them through can also be bewildering – and less exciting.  There are a host of different options, with very different fee structures. But having … Read more

London Fashion Week gets a dressing down over sponsorship deal with ‘buy now, pay later’ credit firm

London Fashion Week gets a dressing down over sponsorship deal with ‘buy now, pay later’ credit firm Clearpay Credit company Clearpay is the headline sponsor for London Fashion Week Bills are delayed and then split into manageable chunks without facing interest Borrowers can face mounting charges if they miss payments under the scheme By Ben … Read more

How to transform your leather couch in SECONDS with a $49 Bunnings buy

How to transform your leather couch in SECONDS with a $49 Bunnings buy – leaving it looking brand new Mum reveals how she got rid of years of built-up grime from her leather lounge The grimy yellow couch went from being grey and drab to looking like new She used a car buffer and $20 worth … Read more

Can I buy shares for my 10-year-old grandson and get him to pick them?

I would like to start investing in shares for my 10-year-old grandson with the view of him eventually making the decisions when he becomes an adult. What type of account should I use and are there any rules around investing for children?  What is the best way to do this – should I use a … Read more

Forget that bunch of flowers, buy your Valentine a rose bush, says Monty Don

Commercial cut roses are loaded with romantic good intentions, but they lack the charm of almost any rose growing in the ground.  However, much as I adore my roses in their full summer display in the garden, I also love going out early on a June morning, when the dew is still fresh, and cutting … Read more