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My First CreditFocus Experience

In these times of austerity, cut-backs and rising costs the amount of disposable income is less for many people. The slow economy is putting a strain on businesses as well as consumers and the paying of bills is prioritised by what is essential and who is making the most noise. This is the same for everybody and essentials such as the mortgage, food and electricity are clearly top priorities for homeowners and I found a helpful guide of ‘Priority Bills’ here: http://moneyaware.co.uk/2012/08/which-bills-should-i-pay-first/#more-3788 with a link to an ‘infographic’ (a picture with information) detailing the consequences of not paying these priority bills. Losing
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Falling into a ready made company

Every now and again bloggers can be found using the internet for their own personal gain. And why not. The internet is massive, the marketing potential is huge and the target audience is sometimes ready made and although the internet is really about information there is no doubt it’s also a great money spinner. Therefore, having recently inherited a small business that requires a little TLC I thought I’d try to boost its online presence slightly by writing a little article with a touch of search engine marketing thrown in: Since 1978 my Uncle had a small bookkeeping practice. For
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BT Call Plan Offers with 0845 Numbers

The heading of this post may lead you to think it will be about the various offers and deals available from BT. But it’s not. It’s about one particular offer seemingly available on BT’s own online Terms and Conditions but peculiarly unobtainable. BT have a great call plan offer, don’t get me wrong I think it’s great for people who may do some work form home and need to call 0845 numbers now and again. Sky have ‘Sky Talk’ which you can pay £5 per month for and pay nothing for the first hour for calls to 01, 02 & 03 numbers.
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Cheap Document Wallets

Where do you buy your office supplies? There are dozens of places to go and a dozens of products to compare and like anything, time is always a factor. I recently needed to top up my supply of document wallets and because they’re only going to be used for storing files and not for display they can be as cheap as possible. But where is the best place to buy cheap document wallets? Who sells the cheapest office supplies? Although time is not something I have an abundance of I thought it might be useful to suggest a few options
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Tax Refund Information Notice from HMRC

I’ve just received a supposed notification from HMRC that I am eligible for a £225 refund. The HMRC logo is at the top, there is a picture of a stack of pound coins down the side and there is a link at the bottom of the email which I am required to click to process a ‘Tax Refund Request’. The problem is the email address to which this notification came is not one I would have given to HM Revenue & Customs because it’s not one I use very much. Secondly, the link at the bottom does not point to any of the official government
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Staggering BT Incentives for Switching to Direct Debit

From the 1st of July, BT introduced a discount for customers paying by direct debit or Monthly Payment Plan. This discount will run for 18 months from the 1st of July to December 2008. Exclusions include BT Mobile, BT Business Total Broadband and OneBillPlus customers. But how much is it? What’s the discount? It is, an amazing, £0.50 a month. 50p OK, so over 18 months it does stack up to quite a hefty £9…. So that’s the carrot but… NOT paying by direct debit will now be subject to a fee!! Of £1.50 per month!! Their recent circular explaining
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Dell, You’re Having a Laugh!

I started experiencing a few problems with my trusty laptop lately and thought I better look into a back-up or replacement. In the DELL catalogue I found an amazing deal. A Dimension C521. Not the latest or highest spec machine around but: Dual core processor 3600+ 1GB RAM 250GB Hard Drive DVD RW 13-in-1 card reader Genuine Windows Vista 1yr collect and return. And…. A 19″ flat panel monitor. All for just £199 (plus VAT and delivery). The catalogue also offered a further reduction to just £179 if ordered before 11/07/2007. Unfortunately I missed out on the £179 deal by
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Page 1 of the Yellow Pages Loan Section, For FREE!

Thanks to the way my local yellow pages organises the adverts on the first page of the loans section they have space to feature the first few standard text listings and I made the No.1 spot! If you look at the loan section of any yellow pages you will see ALL of the boxed or larger adverts contain a string of ‘A’s. If you see a Firstplus advert covering half the page, right at the bottom of the ad, sure enough you will see ‘AAAAAA FIRSTPLUS FINANCE’. I was told in the past by Yellow Pages how this makes the order
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Paid! Finally!

I haven’t written about this until now because I ran the risk of venting on page but I have finally received a long overdue commission cheque. Naturally the first thing I did was jump on my bike and cycle to the bank! (It’s just up the road..) The cheque comes from one of the price comparison sites that advertises on TV. The one that advertises it’s comparison service with a ‘surprise’ gospel choir… Apparently they’ve have not only been replacing their computer systems but they have also only recently replaced their long-term Accounts Payable temp with a permanent member of
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Saving Over £10,000 on Online Marketing

I was approached by a company last year regarding advertising on their online business directory. I’m not going to name the company concerned as it would be quite embarrassing for them and wouldn’t help me much either. Let me explain why: The offer was a 2 month free trial campaign whereby they were to replace existing Yahoo Search Marketing results that they were displaying in their directory with their own managed sponsored listings. I was told the company had recently secured several million pounds for future development and advertising. I was also told a selection of statistics regarding various search
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