McDonald's MoneySaving hacks

There are hundreds of McDonald’s hacks articles online – usually all about merging multiple menu items to form ghastly new creations that’d make a MoneySaver's eyes water long before their mouth does. So I decided to think up a few of my own…

How to read books FREE with no library fees that you can enjoy for as long as you like

Don't go robbing WHSmith, there are better ways to get free books. Yes, you can go to your local library but unfortunately many have closed due to funding cuts, and if you forget to take the books back you could be hit with hefty late fees. Not very free! Locally-organised free book swapping stations known as 'Little Free Library' are becoming more popular due to their convenience, so here I'll tell you more about what it is, and how you can find one near you.

What's the best £1 you've ever spent? From a corner sofa on eBay to a box of fish fingers that won a wedding dress, I asked what MoneySavers did with a quid

Recently, I went all out and decided to buy a battery-powered milk frother for £1. This small exchange of my small change booked me a one-way ticket to frothy town, and I've floated around since in a bubbly, silky, oat milk heaven. I turned to my editor and said: "I think that's the best £1 I've ever spent."

How to get 50ish FREE Caffè Nero drinks a year by stacking TWO offers

Live or work near a Caffè Nero? Listen up… There’s a way you can get 50+ hot drinks on the house each year by combining separate offers (known as ‘stacking’). It’ll work on most coffees, hot chocolate and tea – it’s all about the free tea in my eyes – and could be a lifesaver on those days when a...

How to bag Debenhams ‘Beauty Club’ freebies

Everyone loves a freebie, and high-end beauty products are often a bit too pricey to pick up something brand new just in case you hate it. Free samples are a great way to 'try before you buy', and Debenhams 'Beauty Club' is one of my favourite sources of freebies.

Ikea MoneySaving tips & hacks

If you’ve shopped at Ikea, you’ll know how easily costs can add up when you pop in for a specific item and leave hours later with a car full of cacti and scented candles. So here are our tips to make your Ikea visits more efficient – and cheaper – including freebies, shortcuts and how to ‘try before you buy’.

Save up to 80% on Valentine's Day cards and presents by swapping shop

As The Beatles sang, money can't buy me love... but it can buy Valentine's Day cards and presents if that's your thing. Yet even if you've chosen to give gifts or cards this year, why pay more than you have to? Will you dare to 'downshift' your Valentine, or do you think that idea sounds s-cupid?

£20 off running shoes when you recycle your old ones

If you're a runner, you probably fall into one of two camps - the 'shoes stack' camp, where you rack up multiple pairs, or the 'run in the same shoes until they disintegrate' camp. Either way, you'll be pleased to know you can trade in your stinky sneakers for £20 off a brand new pair. Not only will you save money, but your old shoes won't end end up in landfill, too.

Meerkat trick: Spend £1ish to get 2for1 at cinemas AND restaurants for a year

Meerkat Movies* gets you 2for1 at cinemas and now restaurants too FOR A YEAR when you buy via comparison website Compare The Market.

And we’ve a trick to get it for £1ish...

Fancy chocs with Heinz ketchup were £20 at Fortnum & Mason – so I made my own for £3ish

With Valentine's Day on the way, love is in the air, and so is the pressure to overspend on flowers and chocolate. So when I spotted ultra-posh department store Fortnum & Mason selling boxes of nine chocolate truffles for £20, I set about trying to make my own. Oh, and did I mention they have KETCHUP in them...