Coupon Kid vs Crohn's - Going back under the knife for the last time (I hope!)

Happily, it’s been a while since I posted a blog in this series. I’ve been as fit as a fiddle since my surgery last July. But it’s now time for the final stage of getting me permanently back to good health.

Get 'paid' to walk using free apps

Walking has great value – not just to your health, or to the environment, but also monetary value. This is because there are a plethora of free apps (or ones you can use if you have certain health/life insurance plans) that effectively pay you to walk.

FREE outdoor gyms

Going to the gym to get fitter, healthier and in shape is great, but it comes at a price (and we don’t just mean giving up doughnuts). Before locking yourself into a costly gym membership – typically £120-£720 a year – or if you can’t afford it, consider giving free outdoor gyms a try.

£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.

Top 10 free fitness videos & smartphone apps

It’s January, and we’re all surging with good intentions to keep our New Year’s resolutions. If you want to get fit but don’t want to fork out on a pricey gym membership, we’ve rounded up the top 10 online fitness videos and smartphone apps, many of which have been tried and tested by the MSE team. In no particular order:

15 totally free treats via apps and sign-ups that anyone can claim

Everybody's freeeeee to feel good. Which is why I've rounded up these 15 easy-to-nab freebies to get your year going off with a bang.

Jordon 1, Crohn's 0: The Coupon Kid is BACK

189 days barely eating, 120 days in hospital (five in intensive care), 41 X-rays, 18 cannulas, oh, and one major abdominal surgery.

Can you beat the ‘Pink Tax’ by buying blue? Save up to 67% buying items meant for the opposite sex

Much has been made of the so-called ‘Pink Tax’ whereby women are sometimes charged more than men for similar products. This got us thinking, so we took a deeper look to see if buying an item in a different colour, or one that is marketed for the opposite sex, could save you money – and the results may surprise you…

Coupon Kid released back into the wild after 85 days in hospital

Wow… what is this place? It looks homely, and smells like the Yankee Candles my mum’s always burning. Am I actually home – or is it a dream? Nope, I’m not dreaming. After 85 days of being treated for Crohn’s Disease in hospital, I’m FINALLY FREE. But I’m not out of the woods yet. Far from it....

Long term illness/disease? How to cut the costs

I have first-hand experience that saving money while trying to manage a health condition can be a challenge. Forever mounting costs can also add unwanted stress, which can slow down the road to recovery. Ever since I was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease four years ago, I’ve been prescribed (and paid for) countless different drugs each month, tried infinite pricey specialist...