MSE's first ever Eco-MoneySaving charity clothes swap

As it's Second-hand September – where Oxfam is asking people pledge to buy nothing new all this month – I decided to organise our first ever clothes swap in the MSE office. No, we didn't all take our shirts off and switch like at a football match, we held an event where staff donated clothes, either for colleagues to take away or to help charity.

Wetherspoon pubs MoneySaving tips & tricks

Giant pub chain Wetherspoon is popular with those wanting cheap drinks and no-fuss food at a decent price. Many of its 900+ pubs are housed in grandiose buildings steeped in history  and let's not forget those jazzy (some might say garish) carpets which are so renowned, they have their own Instagram page.

McDonald’s hacks, eg, FREE cheeseburger, DIY Big Mac

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…

FREE visits to 6,000+ hidden property gems

You can get FREE access to many sites and tourist attractions in England from Fri 13 Sep to Sun 22 Sep as part of Heritage Open Days – an annual event now in its 25th year – and similar events are happening elsewhere in the UK this month… 

'Ok, Google': Google Home MoneySaving tips & tricks

If 2001: A Space Odyssey didn't put you off robots for life, chances are you'll have heard of Google Home, and if not, you might be aware of other smart speakers or 'robot assistants' – like Amazon's Alexa.

Following on from our popular Amazon Echo 'Alexa' hacks, in this guide I'll show you how to save money on Google Home devices, as well as a few MoneySaving tricks you can ask Google to do for you.

Boots trick... Get £80+ of beauty products for £20

Until Wed 11 Sep, Boots* has a deal where if you buy £20 of selected beauty products in store or online, you get a free 'Beauty Edit' box with contents worth £37 individually.

How I replaced my smartphone for ‘free’ by selling old ones and stacking discounts

The most environmentally-friendly option might be to live off-grid with no phone and no contact with the outside world, but tempting as that is, I wouldn’t be without my smartphone. I normally like to keep things for as long as possible, but recently technology has been forcing me to upgrade more often than I’d like. So what’s the most sustainable way to do this? Buy second-hand, which of course is also cheaper – sometimes by a lot.

School uniform MoneySaving hacks

As the start of a new school year looms (though many in Scotland are already back), now’s the time you’re probably thinking about your child’s school uniform needs.

Get a ‘build your own’ beauty box where you choose the contents for £15 delivered

Sometimes, you do want to try an expensive brand to see if it lives up to the hype, but going out and buying the full-size product without knowing if you’ll like it sends chills down a MoneySaver’s spine. Beauty boxes have a tendency to contain some products you’ll use and others you won’t, as you rarely get to choose what’s inside. This one’s different…

Extra 10% off ‘past best-before’ groceries code – save money and help fight food waste - EXPIRED

If you're looking to stock the cupboards with non-perishable foods (think tins and jars), did you know you don't have to hunt for yellow stickers in the supermarket? You can go online to Approved Food and get ‘past best-before’ groceries delivered to your door in bulk...

Remember: ‘Best-before’ is not the same as ‘use-by’ – more on the difference below – so with this deal you'll stop perfectly edible food going to waste, and hopefully save money as well.