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There’s been big news on the pension front this week with a new top-up scheme launched by the government. And if you are thinking of getting a takeaway this weekend, find out how the costs add up over the year.

Black Friday shopping deals: six weeks to go

Last year there was an estimated online spend of around £810 million on Black Friday as pre-Christmas promotions were launched.

Black Friday will take place on 27 November this year. But don't be blinded by bargains.  We've got some tips to make sure Black Friday is the start of a fun festive shopping season and not merely a way to empty your wallet.

Card payment volumes expected to rise

Some 120 million card payments a day are expected to be made in the UK by 2024. That will add up to an all-time record 44 billion payments over the year, up 3.4 billion on 10 years.

The increase will be driven by rises in card, internet and mobile banking payments, according to new research from Payments UK, the trade association for the payments industry.

State Pension top-up scheme starts

A new government scheme, launched on 12 October, now allows people reaching state pension age before 6 April 2016 to top up the amount of income they receive from the State Pension.

If you are eligible for the scheme you can increase your State Pension income by up to £25 per week, even if this takes you above the current maximum of £115.95 per week.

Average British household spends over £1000 on takeaways a year

Brits are spending close to a month’s wages each year on takeaways, according to new research marking National Curry Week.

Findings show the nation enjoys an average of three takeaways per month and that curry-lovers are the biggest spenders, splashing out an average of £9.41 per person each time they dine in.

Millions of us don’t save money at all

A new study shows that 13 million adults have saved nothing in the past 12 months.

Perhaps even more surprising, according to the research by the Post Office, eight million have never saved anything at all.

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