Articles Published by elizabeth harrison

Elizabeth has a degree from the University of Manchester in French and German. Elizabeth drives (and maintains) an MG old sports car. Her topics, always thoroughly covered, relate mostly to personal finance issues. Elizabeth is a Senior Credit Analyst at checkmyfile.

The best things in life are free

The best things in life are free. Love, friendship, a butterfly fluttering past on a sunny day, a baby’s smile… Sentimental? Probably. Sickening? Perhaps. True? I think most would agree that there are certain things which bring us happiness that money cannot buy. But when did we decide as a nation that as such, everything should be free?

Published on 3 Nov 2014 by Elizabeth Harrison

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How crowdfunding levels the playing field

It’s often been said that success in business is as much down to who you know as what you know and when you’re trying to get a business started, having a rich family and friends in high places can provide a handy starting block. As much as Alan Sugar can babble on about determination, entrepreneurial instinct and working your way up from humble beginnings, it sure does help to have a pot of cash on hand and an address book filled with useful contacts.

Published on 15 Aug 2014 by Elizabeth Harrison

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How much does your car really cost to run

As the proud owner of a 1978 MGB I’m going against my instincts this time and wondering whether an older car is such a good idea after all. Sure, there are definite positives. If your car is classed as a historic vehicle i.e. made before 1 January 1974 then you’re exempt from paying tax. You may find that insurance costs are lower thanks to classic car drivers having a good reputation for looking after their vehicles and driving with care. Compared with the computerised boxes that pass for cars today, which sense your keys from across the car park, decide when the windscreen wipers are needed and help you park, older cars are actually quite straightforward to repair. For one thing, when you open the bonnet you’re faced with the car’s inner workings, not just another box and the problems can be fixed using a bit of knowledge and actual tools rather than another computer. Plus, driving these cars is actually fun and you won’t want to go back to your boring modern cars once you’ve driven one.

Published on 30 Jul 2014 by Elizabeth Harrison

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Profiting from classic cars

When you buy a new car, you drive it out of the showroom and lose thousands of pounds from its value. A few years later and your new car may only fetch half of what was paid. But buy a car that’s 20+ years old and the reverse may be true. Show it a bit of love, care and attention and chances are you’ll be adding to its value. This may not apply to the average, beat up jalopy but classic cars are proving a profitable asset attracting the attention of investors wanting to move away from more volatile markets such as gold.

Published on 24 Jul 2014 by Elizabeth Harrison

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Swiss roll over on exec pay restraint

The Swiss are not renowned for kicking up a fuss but it would seem even they have their limits when it comes to executive pay.

Published on 4 Dec 2013 by Elizabeth Harrison

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Train fare increases still ahead of inflation

There are certain things you can rely on after Christmas; belts need to be loosened an extra notch, money boxes feel disappointingly empty and if you're a regular train user it's only a few weeks before the dreaded annual January rise in train fares.

Published on 4 Nov 2013 by Elizabeth Harrison

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When older is better

Driving a classic car may seem like an expensive and risky option when you factor in reliability, maintenance costs, and the price to tax and insure, but in reality it can work out an affordable mode of transport which compares favourably in many respects with a modern car.

Published on 25 Sep 2013 by Elizabeth Harrison

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Get on the housing ladder - I can't even afford a ladder

If money were no object, have you ever considered where you might choose to live or what sort of house you'd buy? A survey carried out by Primelocation.com earlier this year revealed that our dream home is a 4-5 bedroom house in the south-west of England. Apparently we don’t have particularly extravagant tastes. A detached Victorian house in Devon or Cornwall, with a large garden, garage and walk-in wardrobe will do very nicely thank you.

Published on 24 Jun 2013 by Elizabeth Harrison

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Forget staycations, I need sun

After months of wet, cold and generally miserable weather it comes as no surprise that many are ignoring the budget-friendly staycation, which has proven increasingly popular in recent years, and treating themselves to a holiday in the sun this Easter.

Published on 3 Apr 2013 by Elizabeth Harrison

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Full transparency in pricing

With news of horsemeat in beef products, large companies not paying their taxes and a general mistrust and scepticism when it comes to big business, it makes a refreshing change to find a company aiming for full transparency with its business practices.

Published on 26 Mar 2013 by Elizabeth Harrison

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