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what is apr

What is APR

Annual Percentage Rate (APR) is the term used to describe the amount it will cost you to borrow money for one year. It is calculated using a standard method with an assumed level of borrowing of £1,200. The calculation also takes into account the interest charges and any other fees, such as annual fees or

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5 Things that can ruin your credit history

5 Things that can ruin your credit history

Building a sound credit history takes time, patience, and a high degree of self-restraint. It means managing your finances carefully over an extended period of time. After all that effort it would be a shame to inadvertently damage your credit rating, but many people don’t realise how shockingly easy this is to do. Here are

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How to finance building a home extension

How to finance building a home extension

If you’ve ever dreamed of having more space in your home then chances are you’ve considered building an extension. Creating extra family space in this way may be more cost-effective than moving house, but will still make a significant dent in your finances – you may think it’s beyond your budget. But don’t give up

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saving money on your holiday

Saving money on your holiday

Winter gloom is enough to prompt many of us to start thinking about our summer holidays. But as with any big expense, it pays to do your homework before parting with your cash. Avoid being drawn-in by mesmerising images of sun-kissed beaches and keep a focus on the numbers. There is plenty of time ahead

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why you may be turned down for credit

Why you may be turned down for credit

Until the banking crisis in 2008, lenders were virtually throwing money at people and getting a loan or credit was practically routine. After coming under fire for irresponsible lending, they clamped down and the repercussions of that are still being felt six years later. Even now, getting refused for credit can feel like a body

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Christmas on a loan or credit card

Christmas on a Credit Card or Loan

Those Christmas marketing magicians know how to tickle our festive fancy and before we know it, our seasonal ‘must have’ list is as long as your arm. Everything from flashy lights and table decorations to personalised Santa sacks and Christmas jumpers becomes an essential. But stop and think – when the credit card statement hits

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