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  Category: Articles » Articles by Author » Author: Martin McAllister
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1.Debt Collection Agencies : Understanding a growth industry
Consumers in the UK collectively owe in excess of 1 trillion according to recent media reports. Much of this debt is due to borrowing on credit cards, bank loans and mortgages; but as consumer borrowing increases, so does the amount of people encountering financial difficulty in ...
[Added: 31 May 2007   Hits: 2317   Words: 571]

2.Valentine's Day offers everyone a chance to impress their loved ones with a special Valentine's Day gift
As January and February wear on, it's easy to slip into the winter doldrums. After all, with wind and rain lashing at your windows and those dark morning journeys to work, who wouldn't start to ...
[Added: 12 Feb 2007   Hits: 1890   Words: 479]

3.This year, spring into your vacation with fewer crowds and lower costs
Once the winter holidays are over, many of us begin to look forward to summer. After all, the summer months afford the best weather, not to mention longer days to enjoy it. Moreover, a good number of people usually plan to take their ...
[Added: 03 Feb 2007   Hits: 1528   Words: 442]

4.Romance and pasta: a match made in heaven?
With Valentine's Day just around the corner, hopeless romantics all over the world are racking their brains for something spectacular with which to surprise that special person this year. But what many don't realize is that this amorous ...
[Added: 03 Feb 2007   Hits: 1494   Words: 577]

5.Bad credit consumers can still find sources of financial assistance
In the last few years, consumer debt in Britain has been spiralling: from credit card debt to large mortgage burdens, it seems that UK spenders have become a nation of borrowers. A recent article in the Guardian newspaper claimed that ...
[Added: 02 Feb 2007   Hits: 1628   Words: 453]

6.Buy property in Spain to start your retirement in style
Many UK residents will dream of one day retiring in sunny Spain. After all, thousands of people have done so in the past, and thousands more are planning to do so in the future. Considering the many benefits of living in and buying property in Spain for your retirement ...
[Added: 01 Feb 2007   Hits: 1011   Words: 532]

7.Hotel gift certificates: gift giving made simple
Gift giving can be one of the most enjoyable aspects of a special occasion. After all, you get to treat someone to an item or event that you've put feeling and thought into. However, there are times when all that feeling and thought may seem ...
[Added: 01 Feb 2007   Hits: 1134   Words: 420]

8.The yearly escape: making your annual holiday worthwhile
A vacation sounds good at any time of the year, but holidays encompass a great deal more than simply dashing off to a dreamy destination. You have to secure time off work; the kids need ...
[Added: 01 Feb 2007   Hits: 975   Words: 418]

9.Use your bathroom as a place of relaxation
In today's fast-paced world, the need for relaxation has become paramount. After all, a relaxed and healthy body surely leads to both better productivity in the workplace and a more fulfilled life. While many people choose to relax by taking frequent holidays or going on weekend breaks, there's no ...
[Added: 01 Feb 2007   Hits: 1393   Words: 416]

10.Risky Business: dealing with poor payers is a business nightmare
As a business owner, it's rarely possible to completely guard against bad debt; after all, the only way to avoid debt would be not to trade at all. Running a small business is not without risk, but there are steps you can ...
[Added: 30 Jan 2007   Hits: 547   Words: 462]

11.Asset and sales finance can aid business development
When it comes to setting up a new business, it can be difficult to come to terms with business terminology - especially if the process of setting up and running a company is completely alien to you. For instance, speaking to your bank about asset and sales finance may ...
[Added: 30 Jan 2007   Hits: 1037   Words: 502]

12.Knightsbridge and Kensington offer the best in British cuisine
One of London's most famed districts, Knightsbridge, is a popular area for residents and visitors alike. Notable for its expensive shops, including the world famous Harrods, property in Knightsbridge is among the most expensive in the world; moreover, the district boasts some ...
[Added: 30 Jan 2007   Hits: 1108   Words: 428]

13.Go skiing in Salt Lake City
If you're interested in finding an action packed adventure holiday, there are few more enjoyable options than skiing. Skiing is one of the most popular winter sports in the world, and provides excellent enjoyment for people of all ages; so whether you're planning to ...
[Added: 30 Jan 2007   Hits: 904   Words: 400]

14.Visit Walt Disney World, Florida - the world's best entertainment park
When it comes to children's holidays, entertainment parks often provide the best locations. Busy entertainment parks allow children to run amok amidst the crowds, while enjoying the structured fun allowed by park rides and attractions. And if you're looking for an all-American theme park destination to which ...
[Added: 27 Jan 2007   Hits: 1112   Words: 499]

15.Spa treatments are more than just a luxury
In the last few decades, the concept of a spa treatment has undergone a widespread revolution, both in America and the rest of the world. While spas were once seen as the domain of only the rich and famous, today ...
[Added: 26 Jan 2007   Hits: 470   Words: 419]

16.Get a little help when planning your wedding and honeymoon
From your engagement party (should you so decide to have one) to the honeymoon, weddings are becoming increasingly lavish affairs which require accurate and detailed planning. But if you can't afford a professional wedding planner or a wedding planning ...
[Added: 25 Jan 2007   Hits: 815   Words: 432]

17.Get ready to see the UK on wheels - because getting there is half the fun!
Many people say that the most tedious part of a holiday involves travelling to and from their destination. After all, there's always luggage to cart around, queues to wait in and a persistent sense of haste and worry in case you ...
[Added: 25 Jan 2007   Hits: 1105   Words: 537]

18.Individual Voluntary Arrangement: How Does It Work?
With levels of consumer debt having recently surpassed 1 trillion in the UK, more and more people have found themselves in the unfortunate position of having insufficient funds available to cover their outgoings. As many consumers look for an escape out of debt, ...
[Added: 25 Jan 2007   Hits: 1518   Words: 626]

19.Changing your credit card can help with debt management
Consumer debt is currently spiralling higher by the week. As various credit card companies, consumer groups and government agencies try to dispense advice to consumers about how to manage their debt, it's important for people to understand that ...
[Added: 23 Jan 2007   Hits: 1235   Words: 450]

20.Experience more of the Netherlands with road travel in Amsterdam
As springtime dawns upon us and the travel market gears up for short breaks, Amsterdam heads the list of the most desirable and popular European city destinations. The culture, atmosphere and nightlife of Amsterdam have long been heralded by UK and European travellers; and Amsterdam, along with Barcelona, Prague and ...
[Added: 23 Jan 2007   Hits: 993   Words: 386]

21.Too many people divulge credit card information over the phone
Credit card fraud has become a very real and prevalent scourge in society, as more and people in Britain own credit cards. In fact, a recent survey by the online group PayPal indicates that one in five British workers admit to revealing confidential information over the telephone. ...
[Added: 23 Jan 2007   Hits: 1072   Words: 449]

22.Turn back time with a traditional bathroom
Over the past few years, the world has seen massive advances in technological development: from High-Definition televisions to digital photo-frames and interactive games consoles, your lounge and moreover the remainder of your home is never likely to ...
[Added: 21 Jan 2007   Hits: 747   Words: 673]

23.What happens when you can't meet your financial commitments?
Mortgages, loans and credit card debt have brought UK consumer debt to over 1 trillion. Yet each day, more and more people are finding themselves in financial difficulty which they cannot get out of - and this ever-worsening situation has led to a sharp ...
[Added: 21 Jan 2007   Hits: 1226   Words: 518]

24.Online share trading can be a liberating experience
The old world of stock-broking is changing rapidly: the practice of dealing in stocks and shares, for instance, is no longer purely the realm of high-flying financial executives, as greater numbers of ordinary people are taking ...
[Added: 21 Jan 2007   Hits: 1619   Words: 418]

25.Ferry travel equals smart travel
A bit of free time is hard to come by these days. In fact, with work, kids and countless other life pursuits to contend with, there's seemingly no time to relax and do "nothing"; let alone take time off for a holiday. Yet the ...
[Added: 21 Jan 2007   Hits: 1069   Words: 519]

26.Decisions, decisions: wading through London's throng of hotels
It's often said that the more choices people are given, the harder it is to make a decision - and deciding on holiday accommodation is certainly no exception to this rule. Take London, for example: there are countless hotels to choose from, both in and around the city; but ...
[Added: 21 Jan 2007   Hits: 959   Words: 484]

27.Your Bathroom Can Increase the Value Of Your Property
Like many people, you may be looking to sell up and move house. If so, you'll want to ensure you give yourself the best possible chance of receiving or even exceeding the asking price for your current property. Today's ...
[Added: 20 Jan 2007   Hits: 685   Words: 572]

28.Visit Gothenburg: Sweden's second city
Traditionally, tourists in Sweden have come from the neighbouring countries of Denmark, Norway and Finland. However, in recent times, Sweden has become a much more popular destination with tourists from other parts of Europe; especially Britain and Germany, as well as from countries outwith the continent. ...
[Added: 20 Jan 2007   Hits: 1046   Words: 491]

29.When shopping for shoes, make certain you walk away with style and comfort.
When it comes to footwear, everyone wants to sport the latest styles. However, over the years, following fashion trends has seemingly come to signify that trendsetters must endure a bit of pain on their feet. After all, what counts as fashionable footwear if it's not high-heeled and narrow-shaped? It's ...
[Added: 19 Jan 2007   Hits: 1859   Words: 414]

30.Don't forget Glasgow's festivals!
As one of Britain's largest and most diverse cities, Glasgow has always had a lot to offer the potential visitor to Scotland in terms of arts and culture. However, the city often tends to be overlooked when it comes to its festival offerings; ...
[Added: 19 Jan 2007   Hits: 963   Words: 498]

31.The Niagara region's Icewineries: wine tasting in a new light
Wine tours have long been popular in the realm of unique vacations; but for anyone who'd like to take the novelty of such a getaway to a whole new level, Canada's Niagara region - and its famous Icewineries - await. ...
[Added: 19 Jan 2007   Hits: 898   Words: 522]

32.Booking a holiday online can save you money, leaving more to spend while on your trip
Everyone needs a break now and again: in fact, as transport networks - such as airlines - have expanded, people have found it even easier to go away for the weekend with friends, family or even on a solitary expedition. But if you're planning to ...
[Added: 18 Jan 2007   Hits: 673   Words: 422]

33.Travel sites can offer the best advice and information when it comes to booking your holiday
Within the last decade, the number of holidays taken by people has skyrocketed; but while this trend owes much to the increasing affordability of air travel, it's also important to consider the immense role that travel websites have played in the holiday industry ...
[Added: 18 Jan 2007   Hits: 1102   Words: 450]

34.Immerse yourself in Carolina's annual Renaissance Festival
Since the 1960s, Renaissance Fairs have become major annual events in the lives of a large number of Americans. These outdoor festivals generally focus on the re-enactment of life during the English Renaissance, usually imagined within an English town during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I. Since the original ...
[Added: 18 Jan 2007   Hits: 1016   Words: 391]

35.Do you look good on the dance floor? Indie-rock musicians initiate a revolution in men's fashion
The clothes worn by musicians have always sent shockwaves through the fashion industry, helping to stimulate trends that have gone down in history. Today, things are no different. It's no secret that guitar music has leapt into the charts of late, and that over the last few years, ...
[Added: 15 Jan 2007   Hits: 1877   Words: 455]

36.Credit Scoring: What is it and how does it affect me?
In recent years, a credit score has become an invaluable tool in the decision-making process of granting or declining an application for finance. As responsible lenders, banks and financial institutions take into account your personal circumstances in order to try to establish the appropriate level of credit to give ...
[Added: 15 Jan 2007   Hits: 754   Words: 605]

37.The culinary tour: a gem in the realm of vacations
If you're an avid traveller, you're likely to have taken all the 'usual' vacations - from beach breaks and mountain retreats to spa getaways. And if you don't get the opportunity to travel much, you'll undoubtedly want your trips to be extraordinary and well-worth your time. The ...
[Added: 15 Jan 2007   Hits: 756   Words: 609]

38.Planning a group holiday doesn't have to be difficult.
Have you ever planned a group holiday, only to face unanticipated dilemmas along the way? If so, you're certainly not alone. In fact, most people fall into a set of common pitfalls when travelling in groups. Simply put, group holidays can be a ...
[Added: 13 Jan 2007   Hits: 672   Words: 415]

39.Personal insolvencies are at record levels across the UK: Which way for the debtor?
In the UK, when a debtor owes a sum of money in excess of 750 to a creditor, he can be made bankrupt by the creditor applying to the court for a bankruptcy order to be granted against him. This sum can comprise of debts that are due to ...
[Added: 12 Jan 2007   Hits: 863   Words: 502]

40.An enriching environment at a young age means a brighter future
Children are constantly learning from their surroundings, which is why it's important to make certain they grow up in an enriching environment. At an early age, this can mean anything from being close to their parents to interacting with other children. However, as children grow older, ...
[Added: 10 Jan 2007   Hits: 828   Words: 415]

41.Property in London: something for everyone
London comprises one of the most popular property markets in Europe, let alone in the UK - and it's not hard to see why. Central London offers all the excitement of a big city, while the suburbs allow for a bit more peace and quiet whilst remaining close to the ...
[Added: 10 Jan 2007   Hits: 715   Words: 414]

42.Do people ever outgrow the joy of toys?
Contrary to popular representations, toys are not, and have never been just the domain of children. In fact, toys have consistently captured the imagination of the general public and are the companions of adults just as much as they are a mainstay in the lives of children ...
[Added: 09 Jan 2007   Hits: 789   Words: 479]

43.Keep your kids occupied during the summer break: stock up with a range of entertaining toys and games
Summer is a magnificent time of year: the weather is beautiful, the kids are out of school and you probably have some sort of fantastic family holiday planned. However, one of these factors can prove to be ...
[Added: 09 Jan 2007   Hits: 1539   Words: 402]

44.What consumers can do in the face of rising debt and increasing interest rates
According to the National Consumer Council, Britain's personal debt has hit the 1 trillion mark for the first time ever - that's more than the entire external debt of Africa and South America combined. The reality is that people are starting to owe ...
[Added: 09 Jan 2007   Hits: 665   Words: 411]

45.Enjoy Sydney's festivals, arts and culture all year round
From its spectacular New Year's fireworks to its stunning harbour setting, Sydney is truly one of the world's most attractive cities and it's no wonder that Sydney has long been a popular destination for travellers in Australasia and beyond. Whether you're keen to enjoy ...
[Added: 09 Jan 2007   Hits: 1104   Words: 506]

46.Driving in Austria could enhance your holiday experience
From its stunning natural landscape and its rich musical heritage to its valuable artistic tradition, Austria is famous for a variety of tourist attractions; in fact, from Amadeus Mozart to Arnold Schwarzenegger, Austria is home to a veritable choice of allurements. Should you ...
[Added: 09 Jan 2007   Hits: 1149   Words: 482]

47.A look at the ways to pull yourself out of holiday debt
With the holiday season over, many people now turn their attention towards the problem of paying for their festive spending. With an estimated record 33 billion having been spent over the Christmas period, it can be a good idea to formulate a plan to help pay for your ...
[Added: 07 Jan 2007   Hits: 686   Words: 509]

48.Purchasing property: financial and legal aspects come before offers and negotiations
A great deal goes into acquiring the right property. In fact, there are a lot of details which prospective home-buyers need to consider prior to their search for a home. Before the offers and negotiations come the financial and legal aspects of purchasing property; and these, like all aspects of ...
[Added: 23 Dec 2006   Hits: 1128   Words: 420]

49.Child-proofing a home is something all new parents need to action
All parents want to nurture, protect and care for their children; however, it's not always possible for parents to keep a constant watch over them. That said, it's often when a parent turns their head ...
[Added: 22 Dec 2006   Hits: 1093   Words: 517]

50.Mortgages : Warnings as salary multiple allowances reach 5 times salary.
Abbey, Britain's second largest home loan provider, came under fire at the beginning of November 2006 after it announced its intention to offer borrowers mortgages for up to five times their salary in order to help ...
[Added: 22 Dec 2006   Hits: 904   Words: 456]

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