My year of saving over £1,000

I thought I was a good MoneySaver before joining MoneySavingExpert.com. I’d spend hours finding the cheapest price for a holiday, I withdrew an interest free overdraft and placed it into an ISA and I hit the sale rails whenever I could. But since working at MSE, I’ve learnt so many more MoneySaving ways. It’s not been overnight,...

Property auctions: can you bag a bargain?

My heart raced and my palms sweated as I gazed longingly at the man in front of me. Frivolous thoughts of ‘the one’ flitted in and out of my head. A first date, you ask? No – my first property auction. Having had my hopes dashed a number of times this year while looking for a bargain...

The day I bought a beer with virtual currency Bitcoin

A virtual currency might sound like the stuff of computer games, but the growth of online money such as Bitcoin is something we increasingly hear about in the mainstream media. Its enthusiasts champion it as “a force for good” and “bigger than the internet”, while critics dismiss it as dangerous and volatile. Let’s be clear. From the...

Cheap Energy Club hits 500,000 users – but switching provider should be even easier

Last week the 500,000th person joined Cheap Energy Club – not bad going in our bid to slash your energy bills. We launched in early February, and I can’t deny it’s been a big learning curve. Being able to see the detail of the switching process has revealed many systematic issues that need to be tackled. Here’s...

Lloyds and TSB split – so which bank am I with again?

I’m not at my best on a Monday morning. So the last thing I want is a bank-based panic. I was – well, I still am, it’s very confusing – a Lloyds customer. Interrupting my alarm this morning, I got a text from “Verde” telling me to make sure there was enough money to pay for any...

How to pack for a 2 week holiday with hand luggage only

I’m not known for being able to travel light. Yet equally, I hate handing over cash to companies unnecessarily and love avoiding tedious queues to collect bags. Here are my tips to squidge a week or two’s worth of holiday luggage into a teeny carry-on bag. This works best for beach holidays – any trip requiring a...

Would you live at a murder scene to bag a house price discount?

I’ve recently started to look at buying a flat in London, but with the prices, it’s tough. We thought that we might need to consider compromising. But how far will we go to get our own place? Scrap the garden? Live miles from a station? Live in a murderer’s home? Yes, I said murderer’s home. Would we...

Student living to prudent living – how a shock taught me a money lesson

They say university is the beginning of your adulthood, but I beg to differ. Student life – I’m sure I’m not the only one who found this – was somewhat sheltered. Don’t get me wrong, it was the best time of my life. But did it prepare me for life itself? Not so much. I should have...

‘Thanks for the tea, but thank you more for the smile’

MoneySavingExpert.com is aimed at helping people from all walks of life to save money, no matter how large or small the pot. But the most extreme form of poverty – homelessness – is sadly something that’s desperately difficult to solve. It’s a painful social and economic issue. Hundreds in London sleep rough every night, and many more...

My 17p toilet roll road (trip) to success

Whenever I tell anyone we’re going on a 24-hour road trip to visit family in Poland, I always encounter the same confused look and the same question: “Why not get a plane?” It’s simpler than flying, and filling up on diesel as we cross Europe is often cheaper than buying air fares for four people. But our...