Want to get the best deals on your Christmas Shopping? Not sure how to make the most of Black Friday? Never fear! Sarah Pennells is joined in the studio by Martyn James, Independent Financial Expert and Commentator, Katy Phillips from Idealo, and James Walker from the complaints website Resolver.co.uk, to share top tips on securing that must have bargain as well as answering your consumer rights questions.
With a new £5 note and £1 coin soon coming into circulation, Sarah looks at all the ways we can pay. Contactless payments are on the rise, but the vast majority of transactions are still done with cash. But what is legal tender, what’s the future for cheques and what do you do with all that loose change you’ve collected?
This week Sarah looks at how ISAs work. What are the different types available now, and how do they all work? Are they still the best option for savers? Figures published last week showed that 12.7m people had an ISA in the tax year up to April, down slightly from 13m last year. With savings rates so low, maybe that's not surprising.
It's been two weeks since the Bank of England cut interest rates to a historic low of just 0.25% and some banks and building societies have wasted no time in cutting the interest rates on their accounts. So can you get any kind of return on your savings? How do you know if your account is paying a terrible rate and who is paying the most? Sarah's joined by Sally Francis of MoneySavingExpert and Hannah Maundrell, editor at money.co.uk.
Around 5 million non-nationals live in the UK. But how do you get financially established when you first arrive? Sarah gets advice from Theresa Wallace of estate agent Savills, James Jones of Experian and Teni Shahiean of immigration solicitors, OTS.
Tired of junk mail pouring through your front door? Sick of cold callers asking about your broken computer? Consumer expert Martyn James and John Micheson, from the Telephone Preference Service join Sarah Pennells to share top tips on how you can slow the constant stream of spam messages and cold calls.
What's the best way to add value to your home? Adding an extension? Installing central heating? Or simply fixing any structural problems? Sarah is joined by experts Russell Quirk, from the online estate agency eMoov, Kate Faulkner, property expert who runs the Property Checklist, and Michael Holmes, from Homebuilding and Renovating Magazine, to find out, and to share tips on adding value to your property without spending a fortune.
Sarah Pennells talks about banking and accounts with guests Tashema Jackson of uSwitch, and Hannah Maundrell from money.co.uk, and Matt Saunders from GoCompare. Together they discuss whether it is possible to open a bank account if you have a history of debt, if you can open an account if you’ve moved to the UK from abroad and what the best accounts are if you’re constantly in your overdraft or similarly, always in credit.
Sarah Pennells is joined in the studio by money experts Frank Van Lerven from Positive Money, and on the phone with Steve Keen from Kingston University and Chris Skinner from the Financial Services Club to ask the question just what is money? From Bitcoin, to where money comes from, Sarah and her guests answer your questions live only on Ask Sarah.
Sarah Pennells is joined over the phone with Larry Bulmer, CEO of the ADVO Group and Charlie MacEwan from WPA, to answer your questions and take a closer look at private medical insurance only on Ask Sarah.