MoneySaving Polls Results Archive

Have you ever asked for a pay rise?
Pay is big news, with many bigger companies having to report their gender pay gap. Normally in the consumer world if you’re unhappy with something, you should politely complain. We wanted to test whether this applies in the world of work too. Have you ever asked for a pay rise (disregarding any company-wide annual rises)? Please select the CLOSEST option to your situation.

What have you taken from a hotel room?
You’ve had a stay, used the room, the water, and the sheets. Yet did you leave empty-handed? Whether it’s complimentary shower gels, tea bags or towels, we want to know what you’ve taken away, with or without permission (whether explicit or assumed). Of course some of the things taken are downright dodgy - we very much don’t condone theft - we just want to know if you’ve done it. Please tick all of the items you’ve trousered from a hotel room without specifically paying for them.

When did you last use your bank branch?
Whether it's down to customer behaviour, cost-cutting or both, banks are closing branches left, right and centre. This year alone, RBS/NatWest is to close 259 across the country - a quarter of its network. So this week, we wanted to know when you last used your main bank's branch. We last did this poll a year ago, so let's see if things have changed. Please select ONE option under the relevant category.

How far have you climbed up the property ladder?
UK house prices have risen seven times faster than the average young worker salary since the 1990s, making homes far less affordable now than they used to be, especially for young people. So please select the option CLOSEST to your situation. If in a couple and you own together, answer for you both.

Have you planned how to finance your funeral?
Funerals/cremations can cost more than £5,000 – and if not planned for can leave stress and cost for family. So we wanted to find out what preparation you have done. Please select the NEAREST option to your view.

Are you part of the cashless society? How often do you use cash?
For some, the days of pockets stuffed with cash are long gone. Contactless cards especially have meant now even small transactions can just be done with a ‘beep’. So we wanted to test how cashless our society is now, and who’s using it. Please tell us which option is NEAREST to your situation.

Energy smart meters: Great tech or a pain in the neck?
Over eight million energy smart meters have been rolled out. They automatically send meter readings to your supplier for you, so you don’t have to. Yet many have issues, including the fact that if you switch, they revert to being ‘dumb’ meters. See our Smart Meter guide. So what’s your opinion? Please select ALL the options that are closest to your view under the relevant category.

How do you rate your broadband provider?
We can tell you which the cheapest broadband providers are, but to keep the customer service ratings updated, we need your help. Please rate your BROADBAND provider on customer service (not price) over the past SIX MONTHS. Switched broadband recently? Rate the provider you were with the longest over the last SIX MONTHS.

How do you rate your bank account's service?
Every six months we ask for your help to track the quality of customer service provided by banks. By comparing your answers with last time, we can see which have got better or worse. So, please vote based on CUSTOMER SERVICE for your main CURRENT account over the last SIX MONTHS. Ignore rates or any other products, and service if it's more than six months old.

Is it OK to use a 2for1 voucher on a first date?
It’s Valentine’s, so we want to know if it’s acceptable to use a 2for1 restaurant voucher on a first date. We’ve asked this over previous years - so let’s see if attitudes have changed. (PS: Yes we know splitting the bill/the woman paying are more than valid options, but that’s a poll for another day…) Imagine Robert asks Ashley to dinner on a first date, saying he’ll pay. When the bill comes, he pulls out a 2for1 voucher – what advice would you give Ashley?

Will you spend on Valentine’s? If so, how much?
Depending on your view… either love is in the air on Valentine’s Day, or we’re all victims of a commercial construct to push us to pay money to demonstrate our affection. So let’s see how much you’re planning to spend. Please estimate your total spend for Valentine’s and all related activities (incl presents, special dinners, outings, trips etc).

Do you have a will? If not, why not?
If you want to dictate where your assets go when you die, you need a will. Die without one and on top of the grief, it can cause a financial nightmare for the people you care about. A will can be made cheaply, and sometimes for free (see our Cheap Wills guide). So do you have a will and if not, why not? Please select ALL of the options that apply to you. PS: Thanks to @JodieRamsdens for suggesting this.

Are you data greedy? How much do you use on your mobile?
With the growing use of social networks, streaming services, gaming and more all done on mobiles, we wanted to see how much data you crunch in a month. How much data (via your 3G or 4G signal not Wi-Fi) do you USE in a typical month? If unsure, check your data usage settings or your mobile bill.

How much are your basic necessary outgoings each year?
Martin often suggests you keep three to six months’ worth of basic outgoings as an emergency cash fund if you’re debt-free. So we want to find out how much this is for most people. How much do you spend on necessities in a year – incl rent/mortgage, basic food, energy bills, council tax, water bills, credit card/loan repayments?

Do you pay cash in hand for any of these services?
With an increased focus on tax collection, investigations have shown billions of extra revenue could be collected if there were more formal payments for casual work. Yet in many industries cash in hand is still commonplace. Which of the following would you typically pay cash in hand for? For services you use REGULARLY please select whether you pay cash in hand or in a traceable way (eg, cash with receipt/invoice or via cheque, card or bank transfer).

Parcel delivery firms: which are the best and worst?
Now the festive season is over, Santa finally has the chance to rest, yet for parcel delivery firms (which helped) it's business as usual. Over the past few years we've heard a variety of horror stories ranging from no-shows, mis-delivered parcels and even items being left in the bin. So it’s time for our fifth annual poll to sort the good guys from the cowboys... Please rate your experience with each of these firms DURING THE LAST YEAR (don’t rate if you haven’t experienced their services).

How did you fare financially in 2017?
With the year drawing to a close, we wanted to find out if you’re financially better off now than you were at the start of January 2017. Whether you saved money, paid off debt, overspent, borrowed, had a pay rise etc, tell us how your household finances fared over the past year. Please select ONE option under the relevant category.

Which celebrity chef would you want to cook your Christmas dinner?
Whether you plump for turkey, goose, ham or a good-old nut roast for your festive meal, which one of these UK-based celebrity chefs would you like to cook it? Which celebrity chef would you want to cook your Christmas dinner (and trimmings)?

What have you switched in 2017?
Sadly, the best deals rarely come to loyal customers. Moving company to a new, hot promotional deal is often (not always) the way to slash costs. So for EVERY category please select whether this year you’ve: - Switched: If you changed a provider/person in this category - Stuck: If you’re with the same provider/person (even if a different offering) - Don’t have: If you don’t have one of these…

Do you eat food past its ‘best before’ date?
This week the East of England Co-op joined the likes of online retailer Approved Food and others in selling food beyond its 'best before' date to try to reduce waste (read more on what 'best before' means). When you find food at home past its best before, what do you do?

If you could cancel Christmas, would you?
Christmas is nearly here. For some it conjures a picture of family, fun and festive frivolity; for others it means stress, present pressure, debt and chores (see Martin's Ban Unnecessary Christmas Presents blog). So if you had a CANCEL CHRISTMAS button that'd make the whole thing disappear (and just add days to your holiday entitlement), would you press it?

How do you rate your energy provider’s recent service?
Winter's nearly here, the heating's on and while we're all about slashing energy bills (do a five-min comparison to see if you can save), we know service counts too. So twice a year we test recent customer service. Please rate your current supplier's SERVICE (not price) IN THE LAST SIX MONTHS (try to forget issues from before). If you've gas & elec with different firms, rate both.

Have you haggled with Sky, BT, the AA and more this year? Did you succeed?
Haggling with companies can provide big savings – on anything from digital TV and broadband to credit cards, breakdown cover and insurance. Each year we try to gauge the success rates of those who’ve done it. So please let us know whether you’ve gained cheaper prices, extra goods, better deals or reduced interest. Which of these firms have you tried to haggle with IN THE LAST YEAR? (Select as many as you want from the major providers below.)

Do you use banking apps – and which are the best?
There were 159 banking app logins per second last year. And now there are even app-only banks. So we want to know what you think of them. Do consider how easy they are to use, customer service and the range of features, eg, does it just have standard features such as account details and transactions, or does it offer extra features such as budgeting and categorising your spending? Please vote for ALL THE APPS that you've used.

How often do you use cheques?
A new cheque clearing system starts to roll out this week which means cheques will clear no later than the end of the next weekday, rather than taking up to six – and you may soon be able to deposit cheques by sending a picture of them.  Yet are cheques a thing of decline for many? How often do you use a cheque to pay – which of these is nearest to your situation?