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This time next year you could be...
February might not be the most exciting of months, but that can be a blessing in disguise. With the mornings still dark, the nights still early and the weather most likely still freezing, you've got no excuse not to stay inside and get started on some big plans. We've put together a few ideas to help you get on your way, as well as some great products that could make your big plans possible.
Fabric of Britain: Weaving the story
Saving money, whether it's to travel the world or for a deposit for a house, is a major perk of moving back in with our parents, which a quarter of 20-34 year olds are taking advantage of. But is it the only perk or is there more to it?
Good news for our mobile App users with a Digital Secure Key
Payment power in your pocket
Cracking Christmas Hacks
It"s the most wonderful time of the year, so it deserves some wonderful tips on how to make the best of it. We"ve pulled together our best Christmas hacks to show you how to do just that.
The story of success: Do we live to work or live to love?
But what does success mean to us? Some might think success is about money, cars and houses? But is this actually the case? We decided to find out for ourselves.
A beautiful new web experience
We've updated the information pages of our website
Proud to be part of Pride
We were ever so proud to be sponsors of this year's Leeds Pride.
Half of Brits hide their spending from their partner
Money, money, money - it has the power to make the world go round, bring it to a grinding halt and also bring out the sneaky side in even the best of us.
Are you ready to get into holiday mode?
Holiday mode is a special state to be in. From the final few days before you go away, right until you set off to come back home, it's a chilled out, laid back, carefree way to be, and we love it.
Smart new digital innovations
When it comes to making things better, we never think our job is done. Here's a brief catch up on all the digital developments we've made recently.
Things you can do in 3 minutes
3 minutes goes pretty quickly, right? But that doesn't mean you can't get anything done. In fact, you can get an awful lot done in 3 minutes. Don't believe us? Just take a look below.
Design ideas for the ultimate home makeover
Giving your forever home the ultimate makeover doesn't always call for drastic change; our design tips are packed with inspiration
10 unexpected forever homes from around the world
For some people, redecorating a property alone is not enough to make a home their own. We take a look at 10 of the world's most unexpected forever homes
The pursuit of happiness: There's no place like the forever home
We surveyed 4,000 renters and homeowners from across the UK to pinpoint what the modern day forever home looks like. We also looked at the age we can expect to find it and the journey we take to get there.
Helping Maggie's keep the kettle on
We've teamed up with the cancer support charity to help them raise £700k over the next two years.
Goodbye January...Hello February!
February. Cold, frosty February. There's only one way to describe you, and that's brrrr. But don't dread Feb. It's full of fantastic things. Here's our pick of the bunch to help you get stuck into all that the second month has to offer.
Getting that little bit extra with #LifeBuffer
A drop more milk? Ten percent more phone charge? Everyone needs that little bit extra now and again and probably at a time that you need it most. That's why we offer all our customers without an Offset mortgage a £250 interest-free overdraft to help with life's last minute financial headaches (T&C's apply). We like to think of it as a #LifeBuffer which you can use for those times you need just a tiny bit of financial help to tie you over until payday.
Why you should be a big fan of January
January has a bit of a bad reputation, and we don't think that's fair. It comes after the biggest party of the year so sure, it might lack in terms of presents and crackers, but there are still plenty of ways you can make it amazing.
Looking to liven things up this Christmas? Why not swap your traditions for #untraditions?
Here's some inspiration from overseas. Warning: some aren't exactly in the Christmas spirit...
Pork pie for breakfast? Cactus for a Christmas tree? Here's a collection of our Christmas #untraditions that we've unearthed.
first direct supports MOBO awards with sponsorship
first direct was delighted to be involved in the Music of Black Origin (MOBO) awards on Wednesday 4 November 2015 which was held at the first direct arena in the heart of Leeds.
When first direct threw a street party for Simon and Sam (and everyone showed up)
Wondering what the best way to get to know your new neighbours is? Well, how does a surprise street party organised by your bank sound?
Everybody needs good neighbours: The UK reveals its neighbourly relationships
How well do you know your neighbours? We did a nationwide survey to find out how the modern day Brit feels about the people on their street.
What type of survivor are you?
Sometimes it takes real adversity to reveal something about your character. Fly or fight? Sink or swim?
Ever feel bad that you've splashed out a bit too much? Fear not, there's always someone willing to break the bank for something they really, really want...
Shucks... You've made us blush!
At first direct we like to think we're a rather modest, down to earth sort of bunch, not the type to blow our own trumpet. But, when we find ourselves in the position of being voted, by our customers, as the best - it's hard not to feel rather proud.
10 things we love to hate about summer
Ah, summer time. We wait a whole year for it to come along and then it's gone again in a flash. You'd think we'd appreciate every moment of sun we get, but instead there are several things we all love to hate about it. Here is the top 10. Feel free to tell us your own on Facebook.
Customer benefits at the first direct arena
As a first direct customer, you can get access to a number of great first direct arena benefits.
New charity partners for first direct revealed...
first direct had chosen two new charities to support, Martin House Children's Hospice, and St Andrew's Hospice. Find out about the fantastic work they do here.
Learn about the ways to bank with first direct...
first direct doesn't have branches on the high street. Instead, we've got a whole bunch of friendly helpful people on the other end of the phone - 24 hours a day, whenever you need us. Find out about all the other ways you can bank with us too...
Spend less on the small things, and Saveapp for something bigger
first direct's Saveapp could help you reduce the money you spend on the little things, so you can afford something bigger and better. How? By sending you helpful reminders which you set up and control.