Understanding direct debits, standing orders and continuous payment authorities
Millions of us choose to pay our bills by direct debit and standing order, but what happens if there's a problem or mistake?

How do you pay your bills? By cheque, telephone or internet banking or direct debit? Already millions of us opt for the convenience of direct debit or standing order; not only is it less of a faff, many companies give you a discount as well. But do you know exactly what the difference is between the different payment methods or what your rights are if there’s a problem?

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Paying using your mobile
If you want to use your mobile phone to pay bills, for shopping – or friends – how can you do it?

If you want to pay your friends easily using your mobile phone, how can you do it? There are several mobile payment systems around, including Paym (pronounced pay-em), which is offered by several of the big banks.

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If you want to ditch the big six energy companies, what’s on offer?
There are a number of independent energy companies in the market – here’s a guide to what they offer.

A few years ago I made the decision to move away from my ‘big six’ supplier and get my gas and electricity from one of the independent suppliers. Why? I was fed up with the annual round of price rises and the unconvincing justification that went with it. I went with Ovo energy, but there are plenty of others that you can choose from. Here’s my guide.

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