We’re all going on a Sun £9.50 holiday

OK, not all of us. But MSE Paloma, myself and our respective other halves will be heading off to Somerset for four hopefully-sunshine-filled days over the August bank holiday, and for the headline price of just £9.50 each. Like most here at MSE Towers, I’m a sucker for a cheap holiday. Which is why I’m a huge...

When it comes to groceries, sometimes less is more MoneySaving

The idea of getting less of anything for more money is the opposite of what we stand for here at MSE, and definitely seems counter-intuitive when it comes to grocery shopping. So I, like lots of MoneySavers, always compare the price per unit, rather than total cost when buying groceries to ensure I get the best value...

I’ve given up on savings

I’ve finally ditched ’em. I’m so fed up with the paltry rate I can get on a normal savings account, for the first time in my working life I don’t have one at all. It’s little wonder when I look in horror at the MSE Top Savings Accounts page and find the top easy access account is...

Cutting the cost of Glastonbury – my MoneySaving festival tips

This weekend sees 180,000 hardy souls – including myself – descend on a Somerset farm for the UK’s biggest music festival. Unfortunately, I was born a few decades too late to take advantage of Glastonbury Festival’s first year, when entry cost £1 and got you free milk. This year, tickets cost an eye-watering £205, plus the seemingly...

Moving home? NEVER forget your travel insurance

There are times when life gets so busy that you forget some of the simplest rules. That’s my excuse after I discovered last week, to my horror, that I was abroad without any travel insurance. I’m an experienced financial journalist, so I know full well the importance of having proper travel insurance. I cocked up, though the...

Going away? Watch for secret hotel surprises

As a general rule, I don’t spend money on anything without a bit of research. Buy a dress without going meticulously through hundreds of reviews? You must be joking. I just can’t take that risk – it’s retail Russian roulette! So I’ve just come back from a road trip in the USA (tip: tell your bank if...

It’s Volunteers’ Week – here’s how I teach kids about money

As it’s both Volunteers’ Week and the Personal Finance Education Group’s My Money Week, I thought it’d be the perfect time to share my experiences of delivering financial education classes in my local high schools. For the past 17 months I’ve volunteered one day a week in the financial capability team of my local Citizens Advice Bureau...

Couponing: my new MoneySaving obsession

I have no shame. Ever since MSE Jenny introduced me to US show, Extreme Couponing, I’ve been hooked on saving money on groceries. In fact, couponing has rapidly become my new MoneySaving vice, replacing my addiction to selling on eBay. I find there’s something quite satisfying about the ritual of building up a stockpile of coupons and...

How we joined the Real Bread Club

"What’s fake bread?", my friend asked when I told her some of the MSE girls were holding a bread-baking banquet in honour of Real Bread Week. "Anything else," I told her – my way of saying the processed stuff most of our supermarkets churn out is fake. Real bread only needs flour, water and optional yeast and salt....

Paying upfront – what happens when an energy firm goes bust?

Two table-topping energy companies &#8211 Spark and Flow Energy &#8211 are asking customers to pay for their energy upfront. Spark, which has been in the spotlight more for its poor service than cheap prices, stipulates customers’ accounts must be in credit by at least one month’s energy bill. Flow, a new kid on the block, asks customers...