My name’s Becca and I’m an eBay addict

My name’s Becca and I’m an addict, an eBay addict. Like many of my MoneySaving comrades at MSE Towers, I’m partial to a bit of eBay action. Actually, that’s probably a bit of an understatement. I’ll rephrase: I am a self-confessed addict. Though I’ve been a member of the online auction site since about 2005, it was...

My MoneySaving mobile dilemma: contract or pay-as-you-go?

I’ve had a pay-as-you-go mobile for some time now. But with so many new all-singing, all-dancing phones available, it’s easy to be tempted into buying a new contract phone. So I have a bit of a dilemma – stick with what I’ve got or take the plunge into high phone-bill territory? I’m lucky enough to get mobile...

A month in the life of MSE Campaigns – February

As I’m still responsible for updating several guides on the site, such as the new and improved FAQ section of the PPI Reclaiming guide, this has taken some of my focus this month. My range of campaigning work has also consisted of: Working alongside Which? on Payment Protection Insurance reclaiming The Payment Protection Insurance projects with Which?...

Digging deep – and saving money too

Many of the MSE Team have their own areas of special interest when it comes to MoneySaving. MSE Jenny’s our resident eBay guru (see Saviour from eBay zombiedom) and MSE Penny’s the fashion queen (From the catwalk to Primark). A bunch of us (if you’ll pardon the pun) have enthusiastically embraced ‘grow your own’ as part of...

Kindle vs Kobo: Battle of the e-readers

The Kindle is the undoubted market-leader in the e-reader popularity stakes, but it now has a rival in the Kobo. As MoneySavingExpert.com’s resident tech writer, I often get asked: “Which is better, the Kindle or the Kobo?” My honest answer is: it depends what you’re looking for. Many people (including MSE’s head honcho – who is firmly...

Don’t let contactless cards make you look a fool

I’ve been getting nasty stares as I enter my local train station over recent weeks, like I’m some kind of pariah, for the heinous crime of my Oyster card not opening the gates quickly enough in the London rush hour. Now, I know every minute counts in the morning as we make that last minute dash to...

How to keep the cost of being single down

So you’ve managed to survive Valentine’s Day, narrowly escaping cupid’s arrow and bypassing all the cute teddies and chocolates. But even though you’ve got through the most romantic day of the year on your tod, it still seems the majority of things (and best deals) are aimed towards couples. So how do you get the best deals...

The power of MSE — it boosts popularity by 16,000%

After working at MoneySaving Towers for a decent length of time, one can become complacent about the punch this website can pack — and the press release that just dropped into my inbox provided a eye-opening reminder. In last week’s weekly email, we highlighted a great loophole for savers. National Counties Building Society was offering a three-year...

Top 5 under a tenner beauty bargains

Beauty and make-up aren’t the most important or MoneySaving things in the world, but they can make us feel happy. And if we can save a few pennies on things that make us happy, we can put them towards those more important things in life. I’ve certainly done that. Below are the five beauty products I’ve found...

The danger with outlet shopping

Outlet store shopping is great for bargains but not so great when things go wrong, it seems. With such stores featuring heavily in the news — M&S is offering its outlet range online at 40% off standard prices from today — this blog should serve as a warning to shoppers. I say this from personal experience from...