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Articles by Andrea Hirai

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24 October 2007

The supermarket giant is offering a huge discount on home insurance, though it may not necessarily be the cheapest

Andrea Hirai

Community & Social Media Executive

Andrea's been an MSE site user since she googled "MoneySaving" sometime in 2002/03 (she remembers those early days when Martin answered every question) and in 2004 joined as the first Editorial team member.

Now as Community & Social Media Executive she coordinates forum and social media campaigns and Q&As highlighting where people can best save money across the site and forum.

Andrea works with organisations ranging from the Home Office to Citizens Advice and communities such as Netmums and The Student Room. Before MSE, Andrea was a Spanish, Italian and Portuguese translator, both freelance and at

She's excited by a good bargain, her best recent success being a solid oak book/DVD/games case haggled from £200+ to £60 because "it has a hole in the back and you don't want it taking up space in your store room" (that hole is now covered by… DVDS!). She's an MFW (Mortgage-Free Wannabe) and aims to pay off her mortgage as early as possible without being too tight and pass on her MoneySaving and eco-friendly skills to her two girls.

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