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Extending a leasehold, Section 42 and the LVT

Extending a leasehold, Section 42 and the LVT

I recently completed a leasehold extension which involved issuing a Section 42 notice and applying to the Leasehold Valuation Tribunal. It was a long process but now that it is over I can share an account of what happened. If you have bought a property in the UK there is a high chance that you have bought a leasehold. A leasehold is like a [...]

Thomas Exchange Global Victoria Street

Thomas Exchange Global Victoria Street

I needed another load of Yen so I decided to go to the bestforeignexchange.com currency shop which is located on Victoria Street. I found it listed as one of the best foreign exchange places on the Martin Lewis travelmoneymax.com website. Looking more closely at the bestforeignexchange.com website it turns out that this is another Thomas [...]

Graphing the Post Office Over 50’s Life Cover plan

Graphing the Post Office Over 50’s Life Cover plan

Two years ago I produced some graphs showing how much you might pay vs how much you’d get back with two over 50 plans from AXA Sun Life. Today (Saturday 16th October 2010) The Times has included one of these graphs in its paper, so I thought I’d produce another set of graphs for a different company. This time it is The Post Office. As [...]

What does one million pounds look like?

What does one million pounds look like?

If you’ve ever wondered what a million pounds (£1,000,000) looks like this post may help. Unfortunately I don’t have a million pounds, but I do have one single twenty pound note. Here it is: I also have a ruler, a calculator, and a copy of Paint Shop Pro. I’m therefore going to create a million pounds out of £20 notes. To do this I [...]

Filling in the Inland Revenue self assessment online tax form

Filling in the Inland Revenue self assessment online tax form

If you need to file a self assessment tax form in the UK to work out your income tax you have a number of options. You can fill in a paper tax return, do the online return, use some 3rd party tax software, or pay someone else to do it for you. I’m going to show you what the HMRC online self assessment forms are like, from the beginning to the [...]

Thomas Exchange Global in London

Thomas Exchange Global in London

Where do you go when you need foreign currency for your holiday? Do you go to your bank, post office, a high street currency dealer, or order online? Before deciding where to get your holiday money I highly recommend you check out Martin Lewis’s TravelMoneyMax.com. He’s the guy who runs the Money Saving Expert website, and is regularly on [...]

Managing holiday money with an Excel burn down chart

Managing holiday money with an Excel burn down chart

If you go on a short holiday then it should be pretty easy to manage your holiday money. It isn’t too hard to track how quickly your foreign currency is running out when you are only abroad for a week or two. If you are going on holiday for a number of months then it becomes a bit harder. When I recently went on holiday for three months I [...]

Incomplete banknote from cash machine

Incomplete banknote from cash machine

What would you do if you went to a cash machine to get £20 and got the below two bank notes? This is what I got when I used a cash machines in London recently. One of the £10 notes is fine, the other is only about 3/4 complete. This obviously isn’t good as no shop will accept a note like this (unless they don’t spot it). You [...]

Find out the cost of calling any telephone number

Find out the cost of calling any telephone number

Often you will see UK telephone numbers with codes such as 087xx, and a price for calling that number will be listed. How do you know that the price is actually correct? I would have thought the BT would have a simple page where you can enter a telephone number into a box and be told instantly the correct cost of calling it. I've been unable to [...]

Graphing the AXA Sun Life 50 Plus Protector

Graphing the AXA Sun Life 50 Plus Protector

Following on from my post where I graphed the AXA Sun Life Guaranteed Over 50 plan I thought I'd look at a more complex product to see what kind of graphs I could get out of it. Unlike the Over 50 plan, the AXA Sun Life 50 Plus Protector features a lump sum and premium that increases over time. There is also a maximum number of years that the [...]

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