How to survive when you're a student; tips on spending less and getting more for your money.
For most students, it's impossible to avoid being thousands of pounds in debt. But it is possible to keep costs down.
With warnings that some students are being priced out of university, it's the financial challenges of being a student that many parents are concerned about. It's predicted that students who start university in 2010 are likely to graduate with over £15,000 of debts (more if they do a four year course). Part of going to university is that your son or daughter will be able to make their own decisions. But you can still point them in the right direction if they need help with their finances.
The OFT is investigating games and apps that children can download – that may result in huge bills
Many of the popular apps are free to use but offer paid-for games. Some parents have been landed with massive bills.
The Office of Fair Trading has announced it’s to investigate whether the games industry is pressuring or targeting children to download paid for content, by enticing them with a free app. Many app-based games are free to download and often, you can get started on the game for free, but have to pay for new levels or features, such as being able to play the game faster or to win prizes.
Maternity leave and maternity rights; how much are you entitled to?
Having a baby; how much you'll get in maternity pay and how you can prepare.
According to the research by USwitch, mums are getting into debt – either borrowing from friends and family or taking out credit cards and loans – when they’re on maternity leave. For many new mums, the drop in salary means budgets are stretched. So what are your rights when you take maternity leave and how much will you get?