My landlord charged me £100 to replace a lightbulb... and then another £50 to clean it

How many landlords does it take to change a lightbulb? It might sound like another variation on the classic joke format, but it's a genuine question my four flatmates and I were left asking last year after our landlord at the time tried to take £150 from our deposit to replace and clean just ONE lightbulb.

Is couponing kaput?

Couponing and in particular, extreme couponing, took the UK by storm in 2012-2013 and many of us have enjoyed years of free goodies and following the escapades of couponers like our Coupon Kid, Jordon – see how he got £105 of shopping for £1.62 as an example. Recently, although the availability of coupons ebbs and flows, we’ve seen the rise (and sometimes fall) of cashback websites begin to outstrip traditional coupons. So, is it just a blip or is couponing kaput?

My MoneySaving zero waste morning routine

This week, from Monday 3 to Friday 7 September it's Zero Waste Week. Previously, we've brought you 13 ways to use less plastic and save cash, so at MSE we're always thinking about whether we could in fact save money as well as the planet. First thing on Monday, I tried a completely zero-waste morning, and this is what I came up with.

British Airways launches flight sale - is it any good?

British Airways has launched a worldwide sale on flights and holidays as long as you book by 25 September. It includes £317 return flights from London to New York and £512 returns to Cape Town. But you can never assume a sale price means it's the best deal, nor whether the deals are available when you want to travel, so we've crunched the numbers.

Solar energy payments are set to be slashed - will getting panels still be worth it?

The sun is to set on solar energy payments next March, as the Government proposes to end the payment scheme for generating solar energy and exporting it back to the grid. 

13 ways to use less plastic AND save cash

Plastic waste has been in the headlines recently, with the PM proposing plastic-free aisles in supermarkets, Scotland planning to ban plastic cotton buds and Iceland stores aiming to slash plastic use. And it’s with good reason – shockingly, the Ellen MacArthur Foundation predicts there will be more plastic than fish in the oceans by 2050.

How to BEAT school holiday travel price hikes

There's a collective 'GRRRRR' from parents about holiday price hikes when term ends – the cost of flights, hotels and package holidays always seems to rocket. Yet the law's plain. You can't take kids out of school for unauthorised vacations without being fined (see our Term-time holidays 60-second guide for the full lowdown).

Plastic straws could be banned – so what are the cheapest alternatives?

Disposable plastic straws could soon be banned in England in an effort to try to cut down on the amount of plastic we throw away. Yet for all sorts of reasons, many of us like (and even need) to use some form of straw - whether due to disability or simply wanting to protect our teeth.

8 things many of us do on holiday that could invalidate our insurance

Holidaymakers rely on travel insurance for complete peace of mind but if you fail to comply with the T&Cs you’re likely in for a nasty shock. In the news this week was a stark reminder that something as simple as having a glass of wine could invalidate a claim. And there are plenty of other common holiday habits that...