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Top picks from the web on money and your life, from ING economist Ian Bright – January 15, 2018

Scanner savings

Scanner savings

Struggle to make your way around a supermarket without filling your trolley with stuff you don’t actually need? Try using one of those self-scanning handsets. A study found they helped shoppers with low self-control to significantly reduce both the amount they spent and the number of items they bought. Read more supermarket spending tips here.

Emotional decisions

Emotional decisions

How we invest our money is affected by our biological make-up. Up to 25% of our appetite for risk-taking is genetic, this article explains, while testosterone can make traders more reckless. Identifying our emotional tendencies and “cultivating a distrust of them" can help us make better decisions, it says.

Tucking in

Tucking in

How much do you spend at restaurants and cafés each month? Whatever the figure you have in mind, try doubling it. Typically, people spend twice as much than they think they do when dining out, researchers found. We should rely less on mental accounting, and more on budgeting apps, they advise.

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Ian Bright

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