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What a weekend for our star Super Savers! Manchester United unravelled a not-so-super Swansea City in a dominant early kick-off performance, Arsenal sank to a Stoke side which were resolute in defence, and Tottenham Hotspur looked pretty cold in comparison to the reigning champions Chelsea. Manchester United continued their early-season goal-scoring form against a Swansea side which looked mediocre without Gylfi Sigurðsson. David de Gea…


What a cracking start to the season that was, arguably one of the best ever opening weekends in the Premier League. It had everything, plenty of goals, Super Saves, controversy and certainly some surprising results! Now it’s always hard to draw any firm conclusions at such an early stage, but one or two teams definitely looked the part and some of the new summer signings…


It’s the week you’ve all been waiting for! Yes, Super Savers, no sooner did the last Premier League season come to an end – 83 days ago, to be precise – a new one is just around the corner. Everyone’s favourite football league, and goalkeeping guru (that’s me!), is back! Arsenal will get this exciting new season underway when they host Leicester at the Emirates…


A consistent theme in the media these days is how the financial fortunes of the older generation seem to be improving while the financial outlook for the younger generation is, well, more pessimistic. A state pension with a guaranteed triple lock, decent final salary pensions and homes of their own that are usually mortgage free are just some of the factors that bring a spring…


At the beginning of July, the Scottish Friendly Children’s Book Tour visited 10 secondary schools in the Teeside area with the fantastic poet Theresa Muñoz! Theresa is a Canadian-born poet, now living in Edinburgh, and the poems in her debut collection Settle explore 2 main themes: her own experiences of emigration and the impact of the digital age on today’s society. The sessions took place…


Borrowing is ballooning. In May, the Financial Times1 reported that “there is a large section of society drowning in personal debt, on credit cards, overdrafts, hire purchase and other high-cost credit.” Last week, the Daily Mail warned that “Debt charities say swathes of the country are living on the never-never, where one false move could plunge them into ruin.” Now these warnings are official. The…


The sun is out and it feels like we are well and truly into summer! For the next Scottish Friendly Children’s Book tour, the Scottish Book Trust Schools Team is heading to new territory south of the border. We will be visiting a number of schools across sunny Teesside with the exciting up-and-coming poet Theresa Muñoz. Her first poetry collection Settle explores contemporary issues including…


And so it comes to an end… The Great British Savings Challenge is over! One, two, three, aww! Hopefully there are some fatter piggy banks sitting proudly in our families’ homes after taking on our challenges. We’d like to thank Natalie and her dogs and Nikki and the Watt family for their hard work and penny pinching for each of the four challenges we set…


It’s now one year since Britain voted to Brexit and outside the temperature is sizzling. But it’s the financial heat that’s making many people across the UK feel particularly uncomfortable. The Prime Minister served the EU divorce papers in March this year and this week formal decree nisi negotiations began. The decree absolute could be, should be, 2019 but a softer Brexit may involve a…


Put down your shopping lists, smart phones and purses, your time is up! Our families took on The Great British Savings Challenge Finale and have told us how they got on. We tasked them to try earning some money by using free cash back sites for shopping they had planned to do anyway. Here’s how they got on… Natalie told us “I am a big…