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Railways could use eye scans to charge passengers, say industry plans image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 7th of February 2017 12:01:21 AM
....A pilot scheme to overhaul Britain’s rail fares was announced last week to make it easier for passengers to buy the cheapest tickets. The scheme will abolish some fares for long, connecting journeys in favour of cheaper alternatives, introduce single leg pricing for some journeys to inform passengers of whether or not they would be better off buying two single tickets or a return, and make ticket vending machines more user-friendly. ...
Overhaul of UK train ticket pricing to be trialled in May image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 1st of February 2017 12:05:35 AM
....An overhaul of Britain’s rail fares is to be trialled to make it easier to buy the cheapest tickets and eliminate overpriced routes. Some fares for long, connecting journeys will be removed from the system as cheaper alternatives exist, in a bid to negate the need for split ticketing to save money. ...
Swansea Bay tidal lagoon backed by government review image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 12th of January 2017 08:51:24 AM
....But Hendry said he believed tidal power’s opportunities outweighed the risk, and argued that the evidence was clear that the lagoons could be cost effective and affordable. “I would strongly caution against ruling out tidal lagoons because of the hopes of other cheaper alternatives being available in the future,” he said. ...
Do we have to take out life cover through our mortgage adviser? image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 12th of January 2017 07:00:21 AM
.... Whenever you die during the term of the policy, usually the same length as the mortgage term, you will get that fixed amount. A cheaper alternative is decreasing cover, usually sold with repayment mortgages, where the amount that will be paid out in the event of death goes down broadly in line with the mortgage debt. ...
Ten ways to save money on your holiday flights image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 31st of December 2016 07:00:21 AM
....Flying home for Christmas and the New Year can be an expensive affair, Shane Hickey writes, even if you book well in advance. A few years ago, faced with return fares of £400 for two for a trip from London to Dublin, I found an unlikely, cheaper alternative: Birmingham airport. ...
Does Apple’s iPad Pro fail the cracked screen test? image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 15th of October 2016 06:00:07 AM
....Out-of-warranty screen repairs to an iPad Pro may set the price bar eye-wateringly high, but it doesn’t end there with Apple. In most cases, if you are happy to look beyond branded items there are cheaper alternatives both for repairs and Apple compatible add-ons. ...
Lights, camera... cloud image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 13th of October 2016 11:01:24 PM
.... . Why? One reason is Hollywood studios have invested large sums in their own private data centres and private clouds so are reluctant to give up on that investment immediately, despite cheaper alternatives becoming available. ...
Do you spend a lot on fitness? Seven people reveal their exercise budget image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 11th of October 2016 09:04:59 AM
.... The most I have ever spent on exercise was more than £1,000 for a week at a juice retreat. I used to go for cheaper alternatives, such as running and going to cheaper gyms, but it didn’t seem to really work. ...

Millions of passengers overcharged as train operators hide cheapest fares
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....The investigation also found that long-distance journeys can cost more than double the cumulative price of shorter trips along the same route. And companies are also pushing passengers towards express services that often cost twice as much as cheaper alternatives. ...
Call for cold-calling ban on loans image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 13th of July 2016 10:37:15 AM
....40 compared with a charge of up to £90 for an unarranged overdraft, Which? said. The banks argue that such overdrafts should be a last resort and there are cheaper alternatives. ...
Five-minute guide to…lowest-ever fixed mortgage rates image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Sunday 26th of June 2016 09:28:00 AM
.... . Hagger says: “If you are borrowing £220,000 or more the HSBC deal makes financial sense, but for smaller sums there are cheaper alternatives. ...
Enjoy your European holiday without surprise bank fees image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 21st of May 2016 06:00:05 AM
.... Guardian Money, meanwhile, found that some credit cards from companies such as MBNA and Virgin Money would be even more pricey, charging almost £16 for someone to withdraw £200 in cash, before interest applies. Moneyfacts says the “sometimes excessive” charges incurred abroad can lead to a costly headache, and Some people with high-charging plastic may feel they can’t be bothered to take out a credit card or open a current account to avoid these fees, but others – particularly those who go abroad regularly – may take the view that now is the perfect time to switch to a cheaper alternative. ...
The simple and cheapest way to clear bank overdrafts that cost you HUNDREDS each year  image
....". Taking cash from a money transfer card is also a cheaper alternative to personal loans, if you only want to borrow a small sum, according to Mr Hagger. ...
Why a tax on fizzy drinks would help tackle the UK's £10bn diabetes epidemic image
.... Purchases fell by 6% initially and by 12% after one year. The majority of people bought plain bottled water instead, though untaxed non-sugar sweetened soft drinks provide consumers with healthier, cheaper alternatives. ...
UK energy crisis deepens as SSE plans early plant closure image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Wednesday 3rd of February 2016 07:18:44 PM
.... . SSE said coal plants were running less often than they used to as they were pushed out by "cheaper alternatives, namely low carbon and gas-fired generation". ...
Money Saving Minute: How much could you save by ditching branded medicines? image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Monday 21st of December 2015 08:22:59 AM
. A host of big-brand drugs firms have been charging far more for painkillers virtually identical to their cheaper alternatives. ...
Tesco substituted my carefully-picked bottles for cheaper alternatives image
Source : Independent [Read Article] Friday 4th of December 2015 09:18:57 PM
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Sky Q will stretch pay-TV technology and pricing image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Wednesday 18th of November 2015 07:53:05 PM
.... In some ways, Sky’s investment of hundreds of millions of pounds developing Sky Q runs counter to what is increasingly received wisdom in the sector. In America, traditional big bundles of pay-TV are fragmenting as Netflix and Amazon offer cheaper alternatives. ...
How to sell movies in the land of piracy image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 18th of November 2015 08:43:29 AM
....Brazil's often low-quality internet connections also tested the company's adaptive streaming technology - that adjusts the quality of video transmission according to available bandwidth. According to Netflix, Brazil's current economic woes is not hampering business there, as its product is seen by consumers as a cheaper alternative to going out. ...
Overdraft or a ‘money transfer’? How to ease the cost of Christmas image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 14th of November 2015 07:00:13 AM
.... This is a relatively new facility on offer to some credit card holders, and allows someone to take part of their credit limit in the form of cash that is paid directly in to their bank account. For some people it will be a cheaper alternative to an overdraft, but needless to say there are strings attached. ...
A tale of two Lidls: is the supermarket ready for an upmarket rebrand? image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 13th of November 2015 05:01:45 PM
....8% to 4. 3%, as struggling families hit by the recession looked for cheaper alternatives to established high street names. ...
How the Grinch has stolen Christmas at Argos image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Wednesday 21st of October 2015 06:47:54 PM
.... Now there are signs that the group’s digital concept stores might not be all they are cracked up to be either. After rolling out 90 new digital format stores, which have staff equipped with iPads, the group is already putting in place cheaper alternatives for future stores. ...
Money Talks: London house prices cost economy £1bn, plus beware cold calls from scammers image
....Marks & Spencer launches ‘personalised’ loyalty card. You don’t have to dig deep for a funeral – there are cheaper alternatives. ...
Rugby world cup: Fans charged £3k a NIGHT to stay in Cardiff through Air BnB image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Monday 12th of October 2015 12:35:00 PM
....Ahead of this Saturday's match between New Zealand and France, and Sunday's game between Ireland and Argentina, Cardiff's Travelodges and Holiday Inns are completely sold out this weekend. Air BnB is typically supposed to offer travellers a cheaper alternative than local hotels, but this Saturday guests are instead being offered a three-bedroom terrace in the city, at a rate of £3,002 a night - plus an additional £200 service fee. ...
The future of TV, as Sky sees it  - virtual reality and beyond image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Saturday 3rd of October 2015 12:00:07 PM
.... . The launch of Now TV in 2013 signalled a major strategic shift, prompting City analysts to question whether a cheaper alternative product might threaten the company’s lucrative satellite subscription business. ...
Consumer Rights Act updated to include digital purchases image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 1st of October 2015 06:01:11 AM
....• Making it easier for shoppers to challenge hidden fees and charges, preventing companies from enforcing terms if they are deemed to be unfair – even if they are written in plain language. • In the case of a dispute, certified dispute resolution providers are being set up across different sectors to help as a quicker and cheaper alternative to going through the courts. ...
Martin Shkreli: entrepreneur defends decision to raise price of life-saving drug 50-fold image
....But the move to inflate the price of Daraprim, which is the brand name for the generic drug pyrimethamine and was originally developed in the 1940s by corporate elements of the pharmaceutical giant now known as GlaxoSmithKline, has set off ripples of concern across the medical community. Doctors may have to provide less effective but cheaper alternatives, said Judith Aberg, at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai hospital in New York. ...
Russia's war on western food is leading to a national cheese revival image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 7th of September 2015 03:06:11 PM
.... Some Russian cheese makers have resorted to “imported dry milk, dairy proteins and unfortunately there are those who use palm oil which is not supposed to be used”, he adds. Palm oil can be used as a cheaper alternative to dairy, and aside from its environmental impact, it is not considered an ingredient for “real” cheese. ...
Are prefab boxes the answer to Britain's severe housing shortage? image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Tuesday 1st of September 2015 07:00:38 AM
.... . He adds that prefabs are a cheaper alternative to costly extensions, as planning permission isn’t required for structures that are counted as mobile homes. ...
The best deals on personal loans: Peer-to-peer providers are more competitive for smaller sums image
....Peer-to-peer providers are much more competitive for smaller loans and the latest best buys from the data firm Moneynet confirm this: three of the top four rates for £3,000 are P2P players. Another cheaper alternative is using a credit card that allows you to transfer money direct from your plastic to your current account (known as a money transfer). ...
Asda hits 'nadir' as sales tumble 4.7pc in second quarter image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Tuesday 18th of August 2015 11:16:56 AM
.... Asda, unlike its supermarket rivals, has shunned deep discounting drives in favour of offering customers a single price promise. However, this strategy appears has failed to excite bargain-hunters as they become more promiscuous about where they shop and the rise of the discounters, such as Aldi and Lidl have offered cheaper alternatives. ...
Milk price row: farming union leaders meet Morrisons bosses image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 11th of August 2015 10:44:05 AM
....The announcement follows talks between Morrisons and disgruntled farmers, who have blockaded the company’s distribution centres and overseen the mass purchase of milk from supermarket shelves. The new milk brand will offer shoppers the option of paying more to support dairy farmers, or choosing cheaper alternatives. ...
Toyota first quarter profit rises 10% image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 4th of August 2015 06:33:20 AM
.... . "China is always the market where you will have significant competition from the lower end, from cheaper alternatives," he said. ...
Uber backlash: taxi drivers' protests in Paris part of global revolt image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 26th of June 2015 04:27:14 PM
.... Some view the taxi drivers’ anger as a repeat of the Luddite protests of 1811, when textile workers protested and smashed up labour-saving looms and frames, and just as doomed to fail. “These new services are more than just a cheaper alternative to traditional providers,” wrote the Los Angeles Times . ...
The real cost of getting cash while abroad image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 20th of June 2015 05:59:08 AM
....However, if you have a Halifax Clarity credit card or Norwich & Peterborough building society Gold Classic debit card, you won’t pay a penny in foreign exchange loading fees or other bank charges when you use it in shops, hotels and restaurants, or to withdraw money from cash machines. Some people with high-charging plastic may feel they can’t be bothered to take out a credit card or open a new current account just to avoid these fees, but others – particularly those who go abroad regularly – may take the view that now is the time to switch to a cheaper alternative. ...
Borrowers should steer clear of established providers to get the best rates image
....9 per cent APR respectively. There are cheaper alternatives, but my research shows you'll do well to steer clear of the established providers if you want the best deals. ...
Poundland to hit £1bn sales mark as bargain fever continues  image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Saturday 13th of June 2015 02:00:47 PM
. Poundland is on course to break through the £1bn sales mark for the first time as shoppers continue to desert the major supermarkets for cheaper alternatives. ...
The mortgage burden is greatest outside central London as the housing unaffordability crisis spreads image
.... . The research shows London’s affordability crisis spreading out into the wider commuter belt, once considered to be a cheaper alternative to living in the capital. ...
Only the private sector can deliver an economic revolution in the North image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Thursday 14th of May 2015 08:36:42 PM
.... It is vital that innovative solutions are properly investigated. For example, the Institute of Economic Affairs has proposed Latin-American-style bus super-highways as a cheaper alternative to new railways. ...
Questor share tip: Don't buy Sainsbury's on these results image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Wednesday 6th of May 2015 03:00:06 PM
.... . The big four UK grocers are not blameless in this market shift – they let prices drift too high and left too much room for the cheaper alternatives to enter the market. ...
Maaxi: the app that wants to make black taxis cheaper than buses image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Wednesday 15th of April 2015 04:00:10 AM
.... . Its founder and chief executive, Gabriel Campos, said the app will provide a cheaper alternative to expensive black taxis and to minicab-hailing apps such as Uber, which hikes its prices during periods of high demand. ...
Cheaper alternatives to debit and credit cards: Don't get burnt by fees and charges on holiday image
....With the summer holiday season fast approaching now's a good time to start thinking about the best value plastic to take with you abroad. Debit and credit cards offer a secure and convenient way to pay but the fees and charges vary and are often expensive to use overseas, so it's worth considering a cheaper alternative before you travel. ...
Shell's shareholders are less than impressed with the £47bn bid for BG image
Source : Independent [Read Article] Thursday 9th of April 2015 12:00:54 AM
.... . What is certain is that this will not be the last mega-deal to be done in the energy sector, as its giants seek cheaper alternatives to risking cash they’re not earning on exploration. ...
At £47bn, is BG Group being sold on the cheap? image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Wednesday 8th of April 2015 08:28:07 PM
.... One question that isn't being asked is what this deal means for the wider world. It could be worrying if the rationale behind the Shell-BG tie-up – a desire to buy reserves as a cheaper alternative to the steep costs of exploring – sets the tone for industry consolidation. ...
I should cocoa: Hotel Chocolat boss aims for more bounce than an Easter bunny image
.... Almond powder replaces the traditional milk powder to make a dairy-free version of milk chocolate. As the war on sugar debate rages in the UK, Hotel Chocolat has more to offer customers whose tastes are changing, he says, with its “less sugar, more cocoa” approach setting it apart from the cheaper alternatives which tend to use sugar, and not the more costly cocoa, as the filler ingredient. ...
'The FTSE 100 will fall 20pc, then I'll buy' image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Thursday 12th of March 2015 11:37:26 AM
.... . “As I cannot sell my expensive shares for a cheaper alternative, which I was able to do in 1999, I would sooner sit on the sidelines in cash and wait for the market to fall. ...
Pebble Time Steel: new smartwatch rushes out ahead of Apple Watch, with uncanny design image
....The Steel’s look is very similar to Apple’s smartwatch, and much of the publicity material mirrors that of the new Apple device. Some have speculated that the company is intentionally aligning itself with the Apple Watch, offering a cheaper alternative with much more battery life. ...
Pfizer strikes first big deal since AstraZeneca rejection image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Thursday 5th of February 2015 02:31:05 PM
.... . The US drug giant will pay $90 per share for the Illinois-based company, which makes cheaper alternatives to drugs made using living cells. ...
The entrepreneurs helping girls in the developing world image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 29th of January 2015 02:05:29 AM
....As maintaining a premature baby's body temperature plays a vital role in helping to keep it alive, Ms Chen's business - Embrace Innovations - has developed two low-cost baby warmers. Aimed specifically at mothers and hospitals in the developing world, the warmers are proving to be an effective, significantly cheaper alternative to expensive baby incubators. ...
Discount chain B&M has strong Christmas image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Friday 23rd of January 2015 03:23:38 PM
.... . Liverpool-based B&M, which trades under the B&M Bargain and B&M Homestore brands, has benefited as Britons spurn major supermarkets in favour of cheaper alternatives. ...
Half of UK households are now shopping at Aldi or Lidl image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Tuesday 13th of January 2015 12:15:04 PM
.... . While their market share is still outstripped by the UK's major supermarkets, more than half of all UK households turned to one of the discounters over the festive season for cheaper alternatives, Kantar said. ...
....Debit and credit cards may offer a secure and convenient way to pay, but the fees and charges vary greatly and they are often an expensive way to pay outside the UK. So it's worth finding a cheaper alternative before you travel. ...
Buckle up: coach trips are back in fashion as travellers shun 'expensive' train fare  image
.... “A typical customer used to be a Mr and Mrs from the Valley spending a week in Bournemouth. But now younger people are recognising that coaches are a cheaper alternative to trains and flying. ...
iPod Classic: Apple’s dead music player prompts frenzy on eBay and Amazon image
Source : Independent [Read Article] Monday 8th of December 2014 10:14:41 AM
....But cheaper versions are available: 80GB models are still selling for comfortably under £100 on eBay, with the latest 160GB models going for less than £200. And there is a range of alternative devices, including Sony's Walkman and much cheaper alternatives, that can replace the iPod. ...
Rivals dilute Britvic image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Thursday 27th of November 2014 12:00:00 AM
....Britvic, which last year rejected a merger with smaller rival AG Barr, scored with sales of drinks such as sugar-free Pepsi Max, following a marketing campaign featuring football stars such as Lionel Messi, Jack Wilshere and Sergio Aguero. Achieving cost savings sooner than expected helped the bottom line but sales of premium juice drinks such as J2O dried up as consumers sought cheaper alternatives. ...
Nine ways to improve your chances of retiring by 55 image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Sunday 2nd of November 2014 08:30:13 AM
.... If you’re investing directly with fund management firms, such as Invesco or Jupiter, switching to a broker could save you a lot of money. You should also review your individual funds and, where possible, switch to a cheaper alternative. ...
Moody's: Big Four supermarkets will not win price war image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Friday 17th of October 2014 01:30:46 PM
.... . What's more, shoppers have warmed to the discounters, it said, meaning that as wages improve, customers will stick with cheaper alternatives. ...
HBO to offer stand-alone web subscription in US image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Thursday 16th of October 2014 02:59:05 PM
.... . While there’s no word yet on how much the new stand-alone HBO will cost, it’s likely to provide a cheaper alternative for viewers who want to stop paying $50 a month or more for standard cable packages that include channels they seldom watch. ...
Take a hard look at the person who is managing your money. You may not like what you see image
....Perhaps the easiest time to break up with a manager is when you’ve determined there’s just no place for his kind of fund in your life any more. If you’ve soured on emerging markets, or you’ve decided you would rather use exchange-traded funds as a cheaper alternative to that biotechnology fund, well, you don’t need to second-guess your breakup decision. ...
The City roundup video: easyJet sales boost, Miller Homes float and Searcys takes sparkling wine off the menu image
....And finally, high-end champagne bar chain Searcys has started decided to remove sparkling wine off its menus. Searcys bosses have said that patrons are preferring to go more upmarket and steering clear of the the cheaper alternative to champers. ...
'Thomson refuses to pay up over faulty travel money card' image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Thursday 25th of September 2014 07:14:53 AM
More than 300,000 adults are too deeply in debt to apply for bankruptcy image
Source : Independent [Read Article] Friday 19th of September 2014 11:00:00 PM
....What prevents them from resolving the situation by going bankrupt is that they cannot afford the £705 fees which need to be paid to the court and official receiver. CAP, along with the insolvency association R3 and others, is calling on MPs to enable more people to use a cheaper alternative to bankruptcy – a debt relief order (DRO) – for which the fee is just £90. ...
Food spending falls for first time as stores compete and real wages drop image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 21st of August 2014 05:29:02 PM
.... Britain's leading supermarkets have all slashed prices on basic items to fight off competition from Aldi and Lidl, the German discount food chains that have become increasingly popular among cash-strapped UK shoppers. At the same time, a prolonged fall in real wages has encouraged consumers to shop around more for bargains, opting for cheaper alternative products such as own-brand labels, and buying fewer premium-brand goods. ...
HTC reveals cut-price One M8 Windows Phone device image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 19th of August 2014 03:33:35 PM
....". As for the pricing of the phone, Mr Gleeson said, this was an attempt by HTC and Microsoft to position themselves as a cheaper alternative to the upcoming new iPhone. ...
'The Isa switch that will save us £10,000' image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Saturday 16th of August 2014 06:10:11 AM
.... But the penny is dropping. Investors – encouraged by reports such as ours from May, shown below, in which we calculated £100m was being spent each year in unnecessary charges – are switching to cheaper alternatives and saving tens of thousands of pounds over the life of their investment. ...
Premium Bonds prize pool increases by 52,000 image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Friday 25th of July 2014 05:21:52 PM
.... . Premium bonds played a large role in NS&I's wider, historic function of raising money from the saving public as a cheaper alternative to raising finance on the capital markets. ...
Shoppers could save £440 a year swapping wheatgrass for broccoli image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 20th of July 2014 11:04:00 PM
. Shoppers could save hundreds of pounds a year by swapping expensive and fashionable "superfoods" such as blueberries and wheatgrass for cheaper alternatives, according to research published on Monday. ...
Big fall in employment tribunals image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 12th of June 2014 03:07:04 PM
....But justice minister Shailesh Vara said: "It is in everyone's interest to avoid drawn-out disputes which emotionally damage workers and financially damage businesses. That's why we are encouraging quicker, simpler and cheaper alternatives like mediation and arbitration. ...
Hema arrives in Britain: A trip to the shop will soon mean going Dutch image
Source : Independent [Read Article] Saturday 7th of June 2014 11:00:00 PM
.... Goodies on its shelves span customised cakes to children's bicycles. The company was started in the early 1920s by two Jewish entrepreneurs, Arthur Isaac and Leo Meyer, who wanted to offer struggling shoppers some cheaper alternatives. ...
I own my house and need cash. Should I raise it with equity release? image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 28th of May 2014 11:07:00 PM
.... That is, if you sold a 50% share, you would leave them the 50% of the house that you didn't sell. The much cheaper alternative to both types of equity release scheme would be to raise cash by moving to a cheaper home. ...
A 'third of UK adults struggle' to afford healthy food image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 23rd of April 2014 12:06:53 AM
....". The BHF says people should think about inexpensive ways to make healthy meal choices, such as using canned or frozen fruit and vegetables which may be cheaper alternatives to fresh produce. ...
Source : Independent [Read Article] Friday 18th of April 2014 08:00:00 PM
....If we want to send some money abroad most of us will automatically arrange the transaction via our own bank, but in most cases this can prove a costly mistake. Unfortunately many people are unaware of the cheaper alternatives available and are confused by the combination of uncompetitive exchange rates and transaction fees levied by the banks. ...

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