Comparison Web Site Mix-up

or rather, "How NOT to use comparison web sites".

Like all Dalby's (all of which are born and bred in Yorkshire) Stuart likes saving money. He's also a heavy user of the internet and so it's perhaps not very surprising that he discovered the benefits of comparison web sites a long time ago. The theory being, you don't have to do a lot of research when choosing where to buy a particular item from, you just visit a web comparison site and they'll have already found the cheapest place for you. Sound's simple doesn't it?

Stuart knew he was rushing that Tuesday morning. He had planned to buy his holiday money for an up-coming holiday several days ago but had not gotten around to it. The holiday was now quickly approaching and so, with a few minutes to spare that morning, he decided he had enough time to place his order.

After a quick check of every money saver's favourite web site, Martin Lewis' MoneySavingExpert.com, he was on a comparison web site finding the best place to buy his Euros. Unfortunately for Stuart, that morning, his brain wasn't yet running at full speed (which to be honest is not all that fast anyway) and he struggled to understand the comparison table presented to him. He thought it surprising that a big, traditional, UK bank appeared to be the cheapest place to buy from but no matter, he placed his order confident that he had saved himself some money.

It was only about 30 minutes later when he suddenly realised what he had done. Oh the shame of it. He had not bought his Euro's for the cheapest possible price. Instead, he had done the complete opposite. He had bought the least number of Euros for his money!

And so the moral of this story is... Comparison web sites are a great way of saving money, but only when you are awake enough to understand what they are telling you!

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