45 MoneySaving household hacks to avoid waste

From cutting open toothpaste to get the last drop out, to saving wrapping paper from opened gifts... many of us have certain quirky things we do as MoneySavers. We might not always admit to them, but however small (or strange), they all add up to save cash – and help the environment by reducing waste. So we've delved deep into the MSE Forum to come up with a whole host of MoneySaving household hacks... 

15 tips to do Lapland on a budget

For many, visiting Father Christmas's 'home' in Lapland is a once-in-a-lifetime dream trip. Yet costs can often run into £1,000s per person, so we’ve a host of tips to ensure you feel the crunch of snow underfoot, not a crunch on your cash.

I challenged myself to spend NOTHING for 15 days – here's what happened

When was the last time you had a day where you spent nothing? Don't worry, I didn't know the answer off the top of my head either.

How to get an easy pay rise... plus other tips to boost your pension for FREE

Pensions don't have to be boring, maybe we just need to think about them in a different way. In the more than 20 years I've been writing about pensions, I've heard them described as dull, complex and a rip-off. But what if I told you that having a workplace pension can amount to an easy pay rise? And that there are ways to boost your retirement nest-egg for free – without paying in more of your hard-earned cash?

Run out of bank switching rewards? Here's how to make cash from your bank account by referring friends

We've spent years shouting about the cash bribes offered by banks if you switch your current account to them. But if you've run out of banks to switch to, or you'd like to stick with your current provider, you could still be able to make money from your existing account – with a little help from your friends.

Is this the end of the regular saver?

Earlier this month, First Direct and HSBC cut their market-leading regular savings rates from 5% to 2.75% on new accounts, leaving M&S Bank as the sole 5% survivor. The cut means that, excluding M&S, the next best rate that's accessible to all is 3% from Virgin Money, much closer to rates offered on other types of savings accounts. So, are regular savers still worth saving in? We run the numbers to find out...

10 ways to turn unwanted clothes into cash

Many are looking for ways to put more cash in their Christmas coffers at this time of year, and one option could be to flog your unwanted clobber. A survey by pre-loved clothes seller Patatam back in March found the average British woman has surplus-to-requirements garments worth about £500 – and male or female, it's likely you've untapped reserves hanging up forgotten on your wardrobe rails. 

The MoneySavingIdiot cashed in his coin jars – guess how much he bagged

While I help people save money as part of my job at MoneySavingExpert.com, I've never been much cop at doing the same for myself. So I'm writing about my efforts to improve in an attempt to motivate others who are far from experts when it comes to MoneySaving. Previously, I've covered train delaysoverseas travelcredit scoresfinding lost cash and switching bank. Today: depositing coins.

'I ran up £1,000s in debt while suffering from depression... now I'm digging myself out of it'

I usually write blogs as the 'MoneySavingIdiot', chronicling my attempts to practise what we preach at MSE (the last one was on switching bank accounts). But as this is a more personal blog, written ahead of World Mental Health Day 2019 on Thursday, I thought it would be better coming from MSE Kelvin. So, here's my tale of my own mental health struggles and how I've battled credit card debt...

Missed out on Glastonbury tickets? Here are four ways you can still go for FREE

Tickets for Glastonbury Festival 2020 went on sale last week and were snapped up within minutes. If you missed out, there are still a number of FREE ways to get to Glasto – though you'll usually have to fork out a deposit upfront (which you'll get back).