London to Paris for two for £20… £300 to get home

Last weekend, I learnt a very important financial lesson: time really is money. Let me start from the beginning, when times were much happier (and I was richer), with the main pic (right) to prove it. Being the romantic MoneySaver I am, when Megabus announced it was offering journeys to Paris from £1, I jumped at the...

Barclays Pingit: great idea, hassle to set up

Like MSE Guy, I’m also a proud season ticket holder at a football club. Unlike his costly Arsenal habit, though, I’m usually to be found down at The Valley. For almost a sixth of the price of his ticket, I’ve seen Charlton Athletic win the League One championship. Bargain. I live just around the corner from the...

How does Tesco’s virtual fitting room measure up?

I love shopping, but I’ve always been hesitant about buying clothes online. For me, the major factor’s not being able to try before I buy. So when Tesco launched the Florence & Fred Virtual Fitting room via Facebook, where you input your measurements to find clothes that fit, I just had to er, try it out. For...

Beat London Marathon charity fatigue

As I prepare myself for the start line of my fourth London Marathon this Sunday, I’m finally experiencing charity fatigue. I’ve asked all my friends and colleagues to donate money over the previous three runs. I’ve still largely got the same bunch of mates, so I feel guilty about asking them again. So I’ve come up with...

My new-build tips and tricks

My home is the second new-build me and my family have owned in 11 years.  Of course, buying a new-build isn’t for everyone, and some prefer older properties. But I thought I’d share some of my experiences — and mistakes — to help those who are thinking of choosing a new-build, especially with the recent launch of...

Football and MoneySaving: A marriage made in hell

I’ve got a confession. I work for MoneySavingExpert.com but fail in practising what I preach in one area of my life. I’ll have spent roughly £1,500 this football season watching my team, Arsenal. If you don’t like football, you probably think I’m mad. But let me take you into the irrational mind of the average fan to...

How funeral directors can make a killing: MSE Archna’s tips to protect

Funerals needn’t cost the earth Funerals are a lucrative business and it’s easy to be drawn into spending lots of cash. My Dad recently passed away, so I’ve learnt first-hand about the difficult decisions you have to make at a distressing time. It’s a subject not often talked about, exacerbated by the fact that despite the huge...

My message to the Government: Stop pocketing Ofgem’s cash & give it to consumers

Ofgem, the energy regulator, has recently stepped it up a gear.  A few of the big six firms have been hit with hefty fines and raps over the knuckles.  Npower was fined £2 million last October for handling complaints poorly, while British Gas has also been fined £2.5 million for the same thing. According to Tory assistant...

Vouchers: the case for the defence

Money-off vouchers and their users have taken a kicking over recent days, but I feel that’s unfair. After all, the vouchers boom over recent years has allowed many families on lower incomes to go out for meals and buy nice clothes they may otherwise have been unable to afford. Unsurprisingly, many consumers use sites such as MoneySavingExpert.com...

How I pick up musical tickets for a song

To say I love musicals is a gross understatement. There’s something about the cheesy dance routines, sequins and feathers that makes me want to break into song (I won’t). But this passion of mine can get very expensive, very quickly, considering some musicals charge £60+ for good seats. So I’ve learned to never pay full price for...