Free Football – is it a fantasy?

My name is Dan, and I support Aston Villa. There, I’ve said it! In truth, following the arrival of Martin O’Neill (A.K.A The Messiah) as manager three years ago, uttering the above statement has shrunk into a much milder form of social embarrassment, and revolutionised afternoons spent watching 11 men in claret & blue kick around a...

MSE runs the marathon…..possibly

MSE Towers has six staff members attempting this year’s Virgin London Marathon, myself included and it’s both exciting and terrifying. Having spent most of my adult life stood on cold fields kicking an inflated bladder around, running is something I’ve only recently become interested in. To my name, I’ve done a 10K, the southern Hell Run and...

In praise of the banks – yes, really!

It’s not often you read a positive comment piece about UK banks but I’m going to be different. I’m not going to praise their sometimes rotten charges, nor am I going to praise some of their reckless lending decisions over recent years which have helped cause the largest financial crisis of most of our lifetimes. I’m going...

Surprising Car Insurance Price Comparison

Car Insurance renewal time is quite an exciting time – for me, anyway; I love the game-playing and competition. With a quite large blokey car (1.8l Ford Mondeo), I feel there’s always room for manoeuvre on insurance premiums. After determining what my job description is (by using the Car Insurance Job Picker), I go full-steam ahead into...

Fame at last!

Last night, ITV1’s Tonight programme included a special première – screen time for the MSE team (special for us anyway!). Martin’s done fantastic TV Money Makeovers for years now, but on this occasion he was only given 24 hours by the ITV producers to save a lovely family – the Scotts – as much money as possible....

How to enjoy the commute to London

It takes me two hours to get to London on the train and tube, so I have plenty of time to ponder and think about the day ahead. But with the journey being quite monotonous I’ve had to find something to stop me falling asleep. As I carry a laptop around with me I have the perfect...

Cheap thrills… but at what cost?

I recently decided to put my much-loved, moth-eaten MP3 player out of its misery and jump on Apple’s shiny consumer bandwagon, opting for a 16GB iPod Touch. Determined not to pay full price, a quick MegaShopBot search found I could knock £15 off Apple’s £220 by shopping around. After some (slightly obsessive) further Googling, one advert caught...

What’s the point in good rates if you can’t get the product?

Santander may be the newest name on high street after becoming the new face of Abbey this month but, in my experience, the shiny new façade has not been met with shiny new service – far from it. In this internet age, with (sometimes) slick money transfers and account openings, it’s not often the computer generation need...