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A tennis court, electric gates and a nanny – the modern day status symbols

Gone are the days of showing off a cordless phone, dishwasher and conservatory – symbols of success now include a high performance car, a nanny for the children and a swimming pool in the back garden, research has revealed. The study of 2,000 Brits shows just how much times have changed in the space of [...]


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British skiers lose £31.5 million of belongings a year

British skiers lost more than £31.5million worth of belongings on holiday abroad this winter, as new research has revealed the staggering extent to which items such as gadgets, glasses, cameras and clothing are misplaced or stolen whilst on the slopes. A study, carried out by the Post Office’s Travel Insurance department, found other common items [...]


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£2,537 – monthly outgoings for the average modern family

The average family’s monthly outgoings now top £2,500 – including £100 on petrol and over £100 takeaways and eating out, a new financial report has revealed. The post-budget report examined every aspect of a typical family’s monthly expenditure, including everything from groceries to kids’ pocket money. And the results show that realistically it now costs [...]


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Average Brit has a net worth of £147,134.32

The average Brit has a net worth of £147,000 – less than 0.1% of that of David Beckham, a study has revealed. Legal experts used a tried and trusted formula, frequently employed in probate cases, to calculate the figure and found the majority of the typical adult’s worth comes from the equity in their home. [...]


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Leftovers for lunch and freezing wine cubes – modern money saving

Frugal Brits regularly employ a string of weird and wonderful money saving tactics – including sharing their phones at work, reusing tea bags and sharing bath water, it has been revealed. The extent to which the nation is still watching their wallets in the wake of the recession was revealed from a study carried out [...]


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One in three mums forced back into work – because partner’s income isn’t enough

One in three mums has been forced back into work – because their partner’s income simply doesn’t stretch far enough, a study has revealed. The research found that one in three has even had to cover up money worries from friends and family to avoid awkward or probing questions. A further one in five confess [...]


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One in six have a ‘second job’ to make ends meet

One in six Brits has a second job to make ends meet, new research has shown. A study, of 2,000 adults revealed the incredible extent to which many people are struggling to keep their heads above water. It found one in six workers – or around six million people – have taken on a second [...]


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£27,373 a year for families to ‘break even’

The average British family now needs to bring home £27,373.20 a year – just to break even, according to a new study. The figure is an increase of £2,571.69 or 10% on last year’s cost of living, which came in at an already staggering £24,801.51. Researchers considered the money families need to fork out on [...]


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Girls are more expensive than boys at Christmas

Parents admit they will be spending more on girls than boys this Christmas, a new survey has revealed. Researchers found that over a third of mums and dads confessed they will be spending more on one gender than the other this year, with girls on average receiving more expensive presents. Of the 1000 parents polled [...]


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Half are ‘living beyond their means’

Half of Brits are now living beyond their means, a study has revealed. Researchers found that not earning enough to cover living expenses, not wanting children to go without and struggling to resist buying new things mean half of all adults overspend by almost £150 a month. Others spend more money than they earn to [...]


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