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Five stunning budget interior trends to try in 2022

From curved furnishings to ancient Greece décor, here’s how you can get on top of this year’s interior trends for less.

Cullen and Ola Money on your mind

Should you buy a home with your best friend?

What are the things you should consider before buying a home with your best friend? Viral TikTok stars Bricks and Disorder reveal everything you need to know before dotting the i’s and crossing the t’s

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'The hidden costs of buying a home - and how I dealt with them'

Buying your first home is a monumental milestone moment that is also financially draining, and we’re not just speaking about that hefty deposit. We spoke to financial influencer Clare Seal about the unexpected costs that come with home ownership

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How to give your money a makeover in 2022 – a month by month plan

Sorting out money matters can seem daunting but breaking it down into smaller goals is not only more manageable but makes them a lot more achievable. Check out our 2022 month-by-month guide to financial fitness.

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'Save hundreds on your next holiday with my top travel hacks'

Looking for a holiday on a shoestring? Jack from the much-loved Jack’s Flight Club reveals his top booking hacks so you can travel the world for less

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How to save thousands on your dream wedding

We planned and created our dream wedding on a budget - here are our top tips on saving for and arranging your big day...

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‘I transformed my room for under £99 and couldn’t believe the difference’

It only takes a few items to totally transform a room, and it can be done for under £99. Here’s how six people did just that - you won’t believe it’s the same room!

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Five stunning budget interior trends to try in 2022

From curved furnishings to ancient Greece décor, here’s how you can get on top of this year’s interior trends for less.

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How to avoid lifestyle inflation

Got a promotion and noticing your spending rising to keep pace with your salary? Then you need to read this before your lifestyle impacts your ability to save and hit your future financial goals.

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Going further with Macmillan Cancer Support

Cancer affects so many of us – either through personal experience or through knowing or caring for someone with the disease. That’s why it’s so important to us here at Virgin Money that we support Macmillan Cancer Support in every way that we can

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Who needs a greener bank, anyway?

The responsibility to play our part in tackling the climate crisis is hugely important to us here at Virgin Money. Here are the steps we are taking to become a greener bank

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Charlotte Purdue: "Why this year’s Virgin Money London Marathon matters more than ever"

We spoke to elite runner Charlotte Purdue ahead of the 2021 Virgin Money London Marathon about her form, her motivation and her top tips for newbie marathon runners

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“Home furnishing hacks that have saved me thousands”

Lockdown made Virgin Money’s Louise Hodges learn to save thousands on home furnishings without scrimping on style. Find out how to save money on your home

Stephanie Giordano: business owner of 'Baked by Steph'. Brighter business

"How I turned my side hustle into a thriving business"

Stephanie Giordano turned her bespoke bakery business into a successful enterprise creating hundreds of beautifully detailed cookies per day. Find out more about starting a business here.

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Six surprising things Brits are splurging on this summer

After months locked up indoors, Brits are planning to turn 2021 into a summer of fun. Find out what they’re planning to spend their pent-up cash on, according to research by Virgin Money.

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Planning a staycation? 8 standout Instagram accounts you need to follow

86% of Virgin Money customers say they are opting for a staycation this year over going abroad. So we’ve rounded up our favourite inspirational Instagram accounts for UK holidays. Don’t say we never do anything for you…

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10 Instagram accounts to follow for wonderful wedding inspiration

With an average cost of £30,000, it's no surprise that weddings are one of the most popular things people save for. Here's our pick of the best Instagram accounts to follow for inspiration, whatever your budget

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“I paid off my mortgage in my 30s”

Three shrewd savers reveal the little things that helped them repay their mortgages in their twenties and thirties – and how it has changed their lives for the better

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Unexpectedly brilliant British breaks

With the world of travel continuing to be uncertain, now is the perfect opportunity to explore destinations a little closer to home. Here are Visit Britain's pick of the UK's best undiscovered destinations.

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“How we retired in our 40s”

Saying goodbye to being a wage slave at a relatively young age sounds like the preserve of millionaires, but it’s absolutely achievable for ‘ordinary’ earners. It just takes a bit of planning…

Will being vaccinated reduce my travel insurance premium Brighter living

"Will being vaccinated reduce my travel insurance premium?"

Plus 12 other really useful things to know about travel insurance during a global pandemic

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First time buyer? Your questions answered

Starting a home-buying journey can be intimidating. Financial influencer Kia Commodore and Virgin Money Red Team mortgage expert Phil talk you through it

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“I lost my job in lockdown – now I’m living my best life”

Being suddenly out of work can feel like the end of the world, but as these people found, it can also be the beginning of something exciting

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“It’s in everyone’s interest to empower women”

Virgin’s Chief Purpose and Vision Officer Holly Branson discusses the need to drive gender equality at work and why we should all choose to challenge

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We renovated our whole house on a budget – here’s what we learnt

Home-makeover words of wisdom from Virgin Money’s Arianna and her partner Nick, who are doing up their whole house while trying to save some pennies on the way

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8 Instagram accounts to fuel your holiday daydreaming

Here’s our pick of the best travel accounts to follow to help you escape reality (if only momentarily…)

Farrow & Ball interior design Brighter living

9 Instagram accounts to follow for incredible interior inspiration

Thinking about upgrading your home this year? Here’s our top pick of accounts worth following to help you craft your perfect space

Meet The Yaysayers

Meadow Skincare

Meet Kelly and Wendy, who took their beauty brand Meadow Skincare online with a little help from our friends at Virgin StartUp

Meet The Yaysayers

Northern Cure

Meet Douglas and Alex, who set up their own charcuterie brand Northern Cure, with a little help from our friends at Virgin StartUp

Meet The Yaysayers

Pobi Bakery

Meet James and Jake, whose small business Pobi Bakery launched during lockdown to great acclaim (with a little help from our friends at Virgin StartUp)

Brighter living

From lockdown home to happy place

Twelve homeowners share the clever, practical ways they pimped their homes during lockdown

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Are you listening to the right songs when you’re running?

Find out the science behind why music can make you a better runner

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What to expect on your next flight

What’s flying like in the coronavirus-alert world?

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Eight things I wish I’d known before buying my first home

Journalist Kate Bussmann gives her insider take on how to come out the other side unscathed (and with a house that you love!)