Bargain Hunter: Affordable art - suddenly being a collector is just a walk in the park


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Like art but can't really stretch to buying it? The Affordable Art Fair returns next month with the promise of paintings, original artist-made prints, sculpture and photography priced between £100 and £5,000.

That should allow art novices and seasoned collectors alike to pick up a bargain. This spring the fair is returning to Battersea Park, where it's being held between 12 and 15 March.

Full details at

A meter could stop you spending money like water

Just over half of people still pay a fixed price for their water bill – but with prices set to drop on average in April, it could be worth considering a meter. As a rule of thumb if there are more bedrooms in your home than occupants you might benefit from a water meter, the Consumer Council for Water reckons.

You should be able to have a trial period of at least a year during which you can switch back to your old fixed charges if you want to. Start by checking out the water meter calculator at, to see if switching could save you money.

Students who know their money could make a movie

Nationwide building society is inviting secondary schools across the country to take part in The Big Money Movie Pitch, a competition giving 11 to 14-year-olds a chance to pitch a short film idea about managing money.

The winning idea will be made into a film by industry professionals and premiered at Vue Westfield in London in July at an exclusive red-carpet event. The film will also be used to educate other young people on managing their money. Schools can sign up at, and have until 30 April to submit their entries.

Married couples – sign up for tax break and save £212

Married couples can now register for a new tax break that will help them save up to £212 a year on their tax bill. Couples can register their interest in receiving it at

Barclays gives children the chance to crack the code

Barclays bank is running free monthly two-hour coding sessions for children aged seven to 17 in selected branches. They'll have to take along their own laptop – and an adult, of course! Full details of branches offering the sessions and how to book at

Now here's the payoff for competition winners

Last week's competition offered the chance to win a NOW TV box, including a two-month Sky Movies pass, courtesy of Quidco. The lucky winners – who will be contacted by the company – were: Robert Boston, West Malling, Kent; Sarah Brown, Morpeth; Chris Roe, Derby; Carole Hearmon, Harpenden; Ursula McDermott, Selby; Wendy Stanger, Norwich; Sarah Forrester, Southampton; Helen Power, Reading; Julie Steele, Crewe; and Brian Huddart, Washington.

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