Have yourself a MoneySaving Christmas… starting with the best way to bag a cheap, sustainable Christmas jumper

Jumpers are for life, not just for Christmas, but most of us only wear our most garish festive get-up for one or two days a year, and then feel pressure to buy a new one the following year. That's neither sustainable nor MoneySaving, so what can we do about it? I have a few ideas...

Recycle old pans and get 30% off new ones

Most of us want to recycle as much as we can, but there are some items that are just confusing. Old frying pans can’t be recycled, or can they? You might not be able to put them in your recycle bin at home, but at the moment you can take ‘em into Sainsbury’s stores and be rewarded with money off new pans.

Recycle Week: Six easy ways to be greener AND save money

In case you hadn't realised, it's currently Recycle Week (23-29 Sep) - an annual initiative by sustainability charity WRAP - but as recycling is for life, not just one week of the year I've pulled together some of MSE's green MoneySaving tips to help you get involved and even save some cash...

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.

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.

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.

Travel toiletries rip-off revealed: The ‘minis’ with a MAJOR price tag

It's no secret the prices at airports are sky-high, but are you being ripped off before you even get there when buying toiletries to take with you on holiday?

Save money and waste less making your own ice lollies

Children of the 80s will remember the highlight of summer was when the make-your-own ice lollies mould came out of storage. But they were bulky, hard to clean, and took ages to freeze, so - wanting to avoid plastic packaging - I've taken a look at more modern examples.

Festival eco-MoneySaving – How I saved on my ticket by picking up other people's discarded cups

We’ve all seen reports of how bad for the environment festivals can be, and tickets to the biggest UK events don't come cheap. Luckily, there are some dead easy ways you can help the environment and reduce waste while cutting the cost of your festival ticket in the process...

How to bag FREE £5 at Body Shop, £17.50 lipstick, and other skincare rewards for recycling

Most of us want to do our bit to help the planet, yet beauty products often come in packaging that isn't easily recycled. You might not know, however, that a few big brands will reward you with FREEBIES for returning your empty containers...