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“New Year New Me” – Getting Over the Festive Pinch: How to Gain a Steadier Footing Moving into the New Year

We all do it. Well, I know I do. We make that list in the week between Christmas and New Year of all the things that we promise ourselves that we will do over the course of the next 12 months that will fix our lives, make us more financially stable and let us save …

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Sunshine Saturday: Making the Most of Your Rainy-Day Funds When Booking a Holiday

First, we had Black Friday, then Cyber Monday and now Sunshine Saturday? If you’re anything like me, you’ll struggle to simply ascertain what day of the week it is over the festive period! While ‘Take-the-day-off Tuesdays’ has a certain ring to it (although I’m sure my boss would disagree), the next ‘double-barrelled day’ on the …

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“Waste not want not” – Avoiding Food waste – Food Planning for Christmas Day and Making the Most of Leftovers

It’s the most wonderful time of the year and unfortunately the most wasteful in terms of the amount of food that is bought, cooked and ultimately disposed of. Christmas is a costly time for the majority of consumers, with last year’s average spend on food, drink and festive treats stacking up to a gigantic estimate …

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Whirlpool – Hotpoint / Indesit Washing Machine Recall

Over 500,000 Hotpoint and Indesit brands of washing machine have been recalled by Whirlpool today. There have been an estimated 79 fires in the UK caused by a fault which develops over time. This most recent recall accounts for around 20% of the washing machines sold since 2014.  consumeradvice.scot have put together the top Frequently Asked Questions in relation to this recall, and information on what consumers who think that they have …

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A Counterfeit Toy Story: Choking Hazards, Age Restrictions and Safety

In our article covering counterfeit goods back in June (Available HERE), we looked at the impact of fake goods on the UK economy and the detrimental effect that such products can have upon consumers. Recent research from the Anti-Counterfeiting Forum estimates that the proliferation of counterfeit goods has resulted in a cost of £30bn (or the equivalent …

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“Doing It for the Kids” – The Impact of Consumerism on Teenagers and Young Adults

As an adult, I cringe when I think about the (questionable) decisions made in my youth to dress in baggy jeans, with stainless steel chains looped from belt to pocket. My hair was black with an ‘electric-blue’ tint and I could often be found clad in a hooded sweatshirt with my favourite band plastered on …

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“Christmas Time, Mistletoe and Counterfeit Goods” – Avoiding the Purchase of Substandard Gifts

Christmas is an expensive time of year for everyone. Gifts for friends and family, food on the big day, as well as the parties and nights out surrounding the festive period can be a big ask on our finances. Checking the authenticity of the products that we buy is vital in not only ensuring that …

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New Threads? Vintage/Upcycled Clothing and the Benefits for the Consumer and the Environment

‘Second-hand’ fashion was a phrase once synonymous with older sibling hand-me-downs, wear-and-tear patches on old school blazers and ‘growing into’ trousers. However, in 2019, vintage items are not only coming into their own but are very often trendier than some of the newly produced ‘fast-fashion’ items out there. In our article looking at climate change, we …

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Keeping Communication Current: Top Tips to Avoid Unnecessary Expense

Tablet, Mobile Phone, Laptop, 4G TV with 3 different subscriptions and internet access. That’s a list of my own telecommunication devices, subscriptions and monthly costs that enable me to keep fully involved and interacting effectively with what is happening in the world. It’s a shopping list that seems to grow in length with every passing …

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Consumer Detriment, Harm and Vulnerability: The Often-Overlooked Casualties

Unfortunately, when Government Commissions are developed in order to address issues which affect the general population, little consideration is afforded to decisions which may ultimately impact the most vulnerable in our society by consumer detriment. Some work has been done recently in addressing the problems faced by vulnerable consumers, yet there is much more which …

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