How I made a £35 Christmas hamper with the ‘wow’ of a Fortnum & Mason one (and you could do it for even less)

‘Tis the season to fill trolleys, and when Christmas bells ring and shop tills ding it's very easy to find yourself tempted to overspend. So when I decided to give hampers as gifts this year, I set myself the challenge of assembling a Champagne-style selection on a Prosecco budget...

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.

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.

Some drinks in life are free. How I managed to get £35 of free drinks (and you can too)

It's National Pub Fortnight until Sun 4 Aug, and in case you didn't know, there are 1,000s of pubs lining up to hand you a totally FREE drink. With an offer like that, who could resist?

How many giant cola bottles in 100g? This and other important pick & mix questions answered...

These days, pick & mix tends to be sold in cups at a fixed price rather than weighed out in a bag - so you pay the same no matter how tightly you pack the sweet treats inside. Yet for traditionalists, there's usually an option to pay 'per 100g', which I think begs the question: where are the weighing scales?

Nectar hack: Spend £12 at Sainsbury’s and get £9 back in points this bank holiday weekend

This Nectar promotion for new and existing customers involves a bit of work, but will send tingles down the spines of point collectors everywhere...

Instagram your Frankie & Benny’s meal to get 50% off

If you’re like me, when food arrives at your table, you don’t have time to take a picture before eating… it’s gone in two seconds! Yet with this deal, you want to hold off before tucking in.

£5 for THREE Ristorante pizzas, garlic bread and 1.5L of Pepsi - NO coupons needed!

Just one takeaway pizza and a side can easily set you back £10, even with a 50% off code, but with this £5 deal you get THREE pizzas to eat at home plus extras...

Cheap post-Easter chocs, eg, 16p Creme Eggs, £1.50 large Mars egg – can you find ’em?

Easter and the four-day weekend is over, but you can cheer yourself up with some cracking deals on Easter chocolate as many retailers have now slashed prices to flog off any unsold Easter stock. The MSE Deals team has spotted 16p Creme Eggs at Lidl, £1.50 large Mars eggs at Asda and more tasty treats.

Free 'zero waste' lunch for Londoners at pop-up café - EXPIRED

'Waste not, want not' is the mantra for many a MoneySaver, and a pop-up 'zero-waste' café in London will be serving meals made from ingredients that would otherwise be thrown away for 'Stop Food Waste Day'.