LAST OOOOORDERS! Don’t be caught out. The deadlines for free and cheap delivery before Christmas are FAST approaching

If you’re shopping online for gifts, the deadline for ordering to get ’em in time for Christmas may be sooner than you think. Get it wrong and instead of presents under the tree, they could be held hostage at a courier firm’s out-of-town depot… To help avoid this, retailers now give their own final cut-off dates for orders you want...

Merry Kissmas! How to get your hands on some free mistletoe

Pucker up… there is a freebie you can claim this week which will send your Christmas spirit into overdrive – and I couldn’t keep tight-lipped about it. Starting today (Mon 12 Dec), Morrisons is giving away free sprigs of mistletoe to its customers at all 492 stores nationwide (find your nearest*). Over 50,000 sprigs will be given...

MSE’s battle of the mixers – which cake mixer will rise to the top in our own bake off challenge?

Platefuls of innuendos, rising drama and more than a sprinkle of controversy – The Great British Bake Off is nearly over for another year. With all eyes on the three finalists and their show-stopping baked beauties ahead of Wednesday’s final, we wanted to see if the high-end stand mixers they use in the ‘tent of dreams’ are...

EXPIRED: Ikea ‘freebies’ is back! Claim a ‘free’ hot dog, £1,000 gift card or family holiday to Sweden

Ikea’s promotion where everyone who scans its loyalty card when paying gets a ‘free’ gift, which could be worth £1,000+ or less than a quid. This was hugely popular when it ran from May to August, and now it’s back… This is basically a prize draw, but a good one, because everyone wins something – it might be a hot dog, which normally costs...

Amazon Dash ‘house essentials’ service – is it worth it?

To much fanfare, last week Amazon* launched its new shopping service, Amazon Dash, where Prime customers (see free Amazon Prime trick) can order household essentials from 40+ brands, including Andrex, Ariel and Nescafe, at the touch of a physical button, for delivery within 24 hours. The idea is that you have multiple buttons, called Dash Buttons (see image below),...

B&Q clearance sale – can you find, eg, £35 deck lighting for £12, £110 glazed door £50, £6 spanner 85p?

Right now, there’s a massive B&Q clearance sale* happening. If it turns out to be anything like the same sale last year (you might remember the wheelbarrows scanning through the tills at £5), it’ll surely be very popular with any MoneySaving DIY-ers. Go quick if you’re after something in particular, as the clearance stock’s different in every store and won’t be...

New Poundland DIY range – how does it compare?

DIY expert Tommy Walsh has launched a range of 200 DIY tools and equipment in Poundland stores. £1 DIY tools sounds stonking, but is it really much cheaper than the value range at your local DIY store? We’ve compared a few prices to try to hammer down an answer. As you’d expect, they cost just £1 each....

Homebase ‘secret’ furniture sale (eg, £100 double bed for £40)

We’ve caught wind of a ‘secret’ furniture sale happening at Homebase* this week. It isn’t being openly advertised and it’s all clearance stock (so when it’s gone, it’s gone), but it looks like there are decent discounts to be had if you’re able to hunt them down. The official info – what’s happening Homebase has confirmed there’s a clearance event...

Challenge: decorate your Christmas tree for £5

It’s easy to get carried away and spend too much money at Christmas. Like stuffing ourselves with mince pies and watching rubbish telly, it’s part of the tradition for many of us, but it doesn’t have to be. So I set myself the challenge of decorating our office Christmas tree for £5. The first place I thought...

EXPIRED – Finish your pen and get a tenner

Feel like your pens are always running dry? Well, Bic has set the challenge to finish the ink in a Bic Cristal pen. If you can do it you’ll get a tenner as a reward – so get scribbling. Use up all the ink in your Bic Cristal pen and Bic will send you £10. Sounds easy...