The cost of making and receiving mobile calls in the EU is to come down again on July 1st 2014
If you’re heading abroad for a holiday or a business trip, make sure you know how you’ll be charged for calls, emails and downloads.
From July 1st it will cost you less to use your mobile phone to make calls, to send texts and to surf the internet if you're travelling within the European Union. Some costs are down by a third, others by around 20%. There are also limits on how big a bill for using the internet you can run up if you're in the EU. But, you can still run up a big mobile phone bill if you're travelling outside the EU, and you must be careful not to disable your mobile phone provider's data cap limits.
How much extra could you have to pay for a hire car?
If you're heading abroad for your holidays, beware that extra car hire charges could double the cost.
If you’re about to book a hire car, make sure you check as many of the charges as you can when shopping around. I’ve thought for some time that car hire comparison sites are only of limited use if they don’t let you compare car hire on the basis of all the charges you’ll have to pay. When I’ve written about this before I’ve found that charges for things like child car seats and excess insurance can significantly add to the overall costs.
Buying a beach hut; how much does it cost and what does it involve?
The hot weather may have made you dream of lazy days by the coast but should you invest in a beach hut?
If the glorious sunny weather has tempted you to buy a beach hut, you'll want to know what's it will cost and what's involved. Over the last few years beach huts have experienced a revival in popularity, with some fetching more than £100,000. While most go for far less, you can still expect to pay a minimum of several thousand pounds. So can a beach hut ever be a good investment?