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Cash Chats is a twice-weekly podcast Andy hosts to help you with your finances. At the start of the week he’s joined for these friendly and accessible conversations by a member or friend the UK Money Blogger community to cover topics as diverse as freebies and investments. Then on Thursday you can listen to a bonus “deals of the week” episode – a quick run down of the hottest offers from the last seven days.

Cash Chats #102 – Is it the thought that counts?

Andy shares why he hates Secret Santa and how you can avoid giving an unwanted gift. A bad present, either because it's not been thought through or it's just a lazy purchase, is one of the worst wastes of money as there's every chance it'll end up in the bin or just...

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Cash Chats #101 – Black Friday Reality Check

Can you really get a bargain in the Black Friday sales? A report this week claimed only one in five Black Friday deals were at their cheapest on that day in November last year. In the podcast this week I've taken a look at why that might be and assessed a handful of...

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Cash Chats #99 – Getting the best price

Getting the best price is much easier when you know how to compare prices, check price history, use price matching and set price alerts. In this week's episode Andy takes you through how he does all of these, including the websites and apps that'll take most of the...

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Cash Chats #98 – How cashback sites work

One of the easiest ways to make some extra cash is to shop via cashback websites. In the last six years, I've made more than £4,000 using the main sites - TopCashback and Quidco. Easy money. Free money. It might sound like it's too good to be true, and there are risks...

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Cash Chats #97 – Supermarket loyalty cards

Are you getting the most from your points? There have been some big changes to the world of supermarket loyalty schemes. First Nectar added extra ways to earn points at Sainsbury's, and now Tesco has launched a premium option costing £7.99 a month. Along with the...

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Cash Chats #96 – Your money in the countdown to Christmas

It might seem a little early to talk about Christmas, but there are just two months to go and it'll creep up on you much faster than you expect. And the sooner you think about your finances over the festive period, the more further your money will go. In this episode...

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Cash Chats #95 – The best cashback and reward credit cards

You could be hundreds of pounds better off if you swap your debit card or cash for a credit card that pays you every time you spend. If you manage them right, a cashback credit card can be the best weapon you have in your wallet to boost your income. Here Andy shares...

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Cash Chats #94 – Where to put your savings

You can still get above inflation interest for your savings - but it's harder than it was six months ago. In recent weeks and months, savings rates have been cut from 5% to 3% at TSB and 3% to 1% at Tesco, 5% Regular Savers have been axed at Nationwide, First Direct...

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