What’s the main thing you look for on a food label? UK research reveals that consumers’ most sought-after piece of information is the “sell by” or “best before” date, followed by country of origin.
That the latter is of such significance to so many is probably no surprise in the wake of the international food scandals to hit the headlines in recent years, most notably the horsemeat scandal of last year.
Want a car you can’t really afford? The motor finance industry has just the thing – a balloon payment deal.
So instead of spreading your instalments over your finance period – five years, say – the car finance bank carves off a big chunk of the total amount owing, and “parks” it until you’ve paid off the amount you can actually afford to finance.
Just before Christmas, as I walked out of a packed store with my purchases, the security apparatus at the exit let rip with its “Stop, thief!” alarm.
All eyes turned to me. The security guard told me to wait, calmly took the packet from me, returned to the till point, pinpointed the security sticker which had not been successfully de-activated, and sent me on my way with a “sorry”.