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How To Use Your Money Wisely

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03.03.2001

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Very detailed site on most things to do with money

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Possibly too detailed with some areas that I wouldn't have expected

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We all want to make whatever little money we have, work harder for us. If we can save tax in some way then that is a bonus. A visit to this website may allow you to achieve both these goals as well as providing a little bit of education.

The website loads very quickly and is very presentable, there are a few busy banners but on the whole not enough to distract you from the actual content of the site. Down the left hand side are the menus and these fall into various categories. Each category has the word Simply at the beginning of its title such as Simply News or Simply Pensions, I’m sure you get the picture. Hence, I will leave the SIMPLY bit out of each title. Categories are :

<News>
This covers current financial events such as the farming crisis, share watch and the deal of the day. In order to view the deal of the day you have to join the Deal Club by entering name and e-mail address. There are also video streams that you can download and watch and these are scattered throughout the site.

<Deals>
As I said above you need to be a member to view this section. The current deal is what is best to do with your maturing TESSA.

<Leisure>
Information on buying a boat, how to get the best out of January (or any other time of the year) sales, investing in stamp collecting and leisure deals.

<Home>
Details on how to go about buying overseas property, employing a nanny, costing a wedding, careers advice and retail warranties can all be found here.

<Pensions>
For me this section makes this site worthwhile since pensions are all Double Dutch to me !
Details about investing in personal pensions, information on stakeholder or state pensions, retiring and pensions for the low paid are under this heading.

<Health>
Men’s health, organic foods, dentists, hair loss and laser surgery are a few of the gems listed here.

<Motoring>
Car depreciation, warranties, insurance, driving lessons, importing cars and some FAQ’s are in this menu.

<Borrowing>
Starting your own business, consolidating loans, store cards and fighting bankruptcy, credit scoring and overdraft information are available here.

<Holidays>
Airline competition, frequent flyer schemes, insurance, re-selling time shares and travel gadgets can be located in this menu.

<Savings>
Shares, investment clubs, ISA’s and the stock market are discussed here.

<Mortgages>
Insurance cover, flexible mortgages, joint or endowment and mortgages for the over 50’s are discussed here.

<Explained>
The site has teamed up with an internet financial specialist (so they say) to provide interactive material displayed in the form of a tutorial. You will need the Macromedia Flash 4 Player and you will then be able to watch mini tutorials about such things as “What is an ISA ?”. These are very informative and are explained very well using animation quite effectively. Certain tutorials require membership others don’t.
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This has turned into quite a long review but saying that there is quite a lot of information on the site. There are also links to say Men’s Health sites and the ability to join forums on certain topics. All the pages load very quickly and your interest is kept throughout (assuming you were interested in the first place !)

If you have money queries or just want some background knowledge this would be a very useful site to visit.

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judithritchie 09.03.2001 11:53

hey! great op. sounds an interesting site, with something for everyone! shall checkt hat one out thanx :-)

clanmac4 04.03.2001 22:49

Thanks for this, never could understand pensions, I am off for a gander. Dave

jason.rowe 04.03.2001 18:07

I regularly use this site, I think it is very useful and rhe deals are very informative. I think they have a TV channel on Sky Digital, on their website it is also possible to download some of the reports made for TV. Good op. Thanks

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