Friends before food

Too much month at the end of your money? You're more likely to cut back on food than your mobile or internet to make ends meet. But could it be a more sensible decision than it seems?

The world's wealthiest countries

'The Euro crisis has left its mark on the savings of private households, especially in Italy,' says economist Kathrin Brandmeir

7 ways to save £700 a year on food

As a nation we throw away far too much food. Not only is it wasteful and bad for the environment, it’s expensive too. Here are seven ways you can save food and money

Survival guide to overdrafts

In an ideal world an overdraft is something you’d only use for short-term borrowing. It’s a cushion for when your pay cheque is late or it’s an emergency pot of cash for when there’s a sudden expense that’s not been budgeted for. For everyone else – more than one in ten Brits 'live' in their overdraft – it's an expensive way to conduct their financial affairs. But whether you’re occasionally dipping into minus figures or you’re permanently in the red, having the right account can make a big difference. Here's what you need to know.