A savvy mum has revealed that she uses a little-known website to save a fortune when ordering her weekly food shop online. Holly Smith is the author of Holly Smith's Money Saving Book and also regularly shares advice on social media of the best places to bag a bargain. In a video posted on YouTube, Holly revealed how she picked up a huge haul of food with a "massive saving" for just £28.34 including delivery - saying if she had headed to the supermarket websites instead she would have paid out £79.50. She said she did it by ordering through a website called Cut Price Barry's , explaining that although you won't be able to pick up your weekly shop in full, it's perfect to subsidise it with items like tins, packets and jars, while heading elsewhere for fresh food. Video Loading Video Unavailable Click to play Tap to play The video will auto-play soon 8 Cancel Play now This is because she says the website offers deals on … [Read more...] about Savvy mum shares website she says halves the bill of her online food shop
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THERE'S no denying that the coronavirus crisis has turned all our worlds upside down - but for Lauren Arris Cartwright, life is basically unrecognisable now. In March last year, the retail worker hopped on a plane from her home in Northern Ireland to visit a guy she'd been casually dating who lived in Manchester. Before the trip, Lauren, 27, had only been on four dates with Dan after they'd been introduced at a friend's wedding. Speaking to the Manchester Evening News , Lauren explained: "When driving to the airport on the Friday, my dad jokingly said 'you better come back on Monday'." However the following week, the UK went into total lockdown - and Lauren and Dan's found they'd accidentally jumped a few steps ahead in their relationship and spent months living in each other's pockets. "It was really hard at first," Lauren said. "All I had with me was just a few bits of clothing, makeup and my toothbrush – it really wasn’t ideal!" Unsurprisingly, Lauren found … [Read more...] about I accidentally moved in with a guy I barely knew in lockdown after just four dates – now I’m never flying home
THOUSANDS of pension savers are overestimating their future retirement pot by as much as £50,000. Research from consumer group Which? highlights how a worrying number of people don’t know much money they’ll get from their state pension . In some cases, savers are expecting up to £50,000 more than they’ll actually get, which could cause them money difficulties in later life. It also means some people could be saving far less than they need to in their private pensions, due to thinking that they’ll be getting a larger sum from the government. Which? found three in 10 people are overestimating their future state pension payments. In the biggest of pension gaps, one in 10 savers thought the state pension is worth £200 a week or £10,400 a year on average. What are the different types of pension? WE round-up the main types of pension and how they differ: Personal pension or self-invested personal pension (Sipp) - This is probably the most flexible type … [Read more...] about Simple pension pot error could leave you with £50,000 less than expected
THE state pension is a regular payment most people claim when they reach a certain age in later life. It's different to your workplace or a private pension , with the time you can apply for it depending on when you were born. In May 2014, the government changed how the state pension system works , with the goal of making it simpler. In order to get a state pension you need to pay National Insurance contributions (NICs), and have built up a minimum number of years' worth. How much is the state pension? Men born on or after April 6, 1951, or women born on or after April 6, 1953, will be able to claim the new state pension. For those who reached the state pension age before April 6, 2016, you’ll be getting the old state pension, known as the basic state pension. The full new state pension is £175.20 per week , while the previous full basic state pension was £134.25 per week. If you've accrued NICs under both the old and new pensions, you'll receive a state … [Read more...] about How much is my state pension and what age can I claim it?
Philip Whiteside, news reporter Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe is a British-Iranian woman who has been in jail in Iran for five years. The Iranian regime claims she was working against the state when she was arrested on a visit to the country to see her parents with her daughter. Here is a timeline of events that have left a family split apart and resulted in diplomacy at the highest level. October 2010 Joins Thomson Reuters Foundation Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe joins the Thomson Reuters Foundation, a charity that says it promotes "socio-economic progress" and the rule of law through a series of training programmes. Advertisement Before the move, she worked for BBC Media Action for around 18 months, the corporation's international development charity which uses "the power of media and communication to help reduce poverty and support people in understanding their rights". June 2014 Birth of her daughter Gabriella, the only daughter of Mrs … [Read more...] about Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe: The five-year fight for freedom