Pre-packed vs individual groceries – what’s cheapest?

Is it cheaper to get your fruit and veg pre-packed, or bought as individual items? I went to a couple of supermarkets to find out. Here’s what makes me a deals hunting pro. Last Friday evening, some people went dancing, some people went to restaurants and some stayed in watching films. Me, I weighed and photographed about...

Find a hunk & get a free bottle of Diet Coke

You can get yourself a free 500ml bottle of Diet Coke at Boots stores – just look out for the word “hunk” on special bottles (the topless hunk’s not included, unfortunately). If you’re passing a Boots, see if you can find a 500ml Diet Coke bottle with the word “hunk” written on it.  Named after the handsome...

How to spot a review you can trust

I never buy anything without reading a couple of reviews first but not all write-ups are the same – here are my top sites for the best ones. I don’t care what the adverts say – whether I’m buying a £5 spatula or a £1,000 holiday, or a meal out, I want to know if it’s worth...

EXPIRED – ‘Free’ Subway rumour – it could bag you free breakfast

There’s no such a thing as a free lunch… but there could be when it comes to breakfast if the “free breakfast butty at Subway” whispers are true. Here’s how it’s rumoured to work. Saturday’s 60p Daily Star will have a voucher for a breakfast Subway bacon or turkey roll, which is usually £1.29. I’ve been hearing rumours that...

The top 10 toys your kids will want for Xmas – and how to bag them cheap

I had a sneak preview from Hamleys of what’s likely to be hot this Christmas – here are the top 10 “I want, I want, I want” toys, plus my tips on how to buy them for as little as possible. OK, hold onto your reindeer antlers. I’m talking about Christmas – in July. I’ve just come...

How to slash the cost of your daily cuppa

Love your daily caffeine kick but loathe the expense that comes with it? Here are my top tips on how you can cut the cost of your daily cuppa without having to make it yourself – or worse – go without.  My boyfriend buys a fancy coffee from the train station into work every single morning which costs him...

Pimm’s v Jeeves

The sun’s out and Wimbledon’s on. This can only mean one thing – ding-ding-ding! It’s time for an alcoholic fruit-based punch taste test. Although I love Pimm’s as a true bargain hunter I hate having to pay over the odds for it, so I recruited my MSE colleagues to  try out Lidl’s cheaper version to see if...

Can you haggle with your local hairdresser?

Group selling websites make a mint out of small businesses and customers who forget to redeem their vouchers. Is there a way you can get the discount without having to use them? Here’s how I fared when I tried bypasssing them.  I’m not a big fan of group selling websites, which flog deals from independent companies for a...

Disney’s Frozen items – for £1 each

Anything to do with the Disney film Frozen is incredibly hard to get hold of . They’re not cheap, either. But I’ve managed to stumble across a great selection – all for £1 per item.   MSE Update Wed 19 Nov, 09.30am: A wide range of £1 Frozen merchandise can now be found at rival pound shop chain Poundworld In...

Save big on bottles of Coke

You’re going to need a caffeine & sugar fix to leg it to your local Tesco in time to get this deal. By cheekily combining two deals, you can grab two 1.75 litre bottles of Coke for £1.12 – down from £3.88.. This is a lovely little trick that isn’t going to last long… if you can find...