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Avoid A Money-Mishap this Boxing Day

Research carried out by The Centre for Retail Research (CRR) and Vouchercodes.co.uk suggests that in 2019, the average UK household spent over £450 in the December and Boxing Day sales. With stores already slashing their prices in advance of Boxing Day 2020, it is easy to find yourself caught up in the excitement of bagging …

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Cyber Monday: Avoiding Counterfeit Electronics and Issues with Games Consoles

Black Friday and Cyber Monday are set to be more popular than ever this year, with many retailers offering early and extended sales on the must-have items for Christmas. Cyber Monday presents an opportunity to pick up the latest gadgets and electrical equipment, including the newest releases of games consoles. With the genuine retailers out …

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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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Boxing for a Bargain – Boxing Day and January Sales: Avoiding ‘Binge Buying’ and Fighting in the Aisles

In 2018 it was estimated that on Boxing Day alone, UK consumers spent approximately £8.8 million a minute on sales which offered up to 90% off the regular ‘day-to-day’ prices. The enticement of the massive reduction in the regular price of items for consumers can mean that many make purchases that are not entirely necessary. …

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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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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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“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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