How I buy posh nosh for less

I’ve been feeding my kids salmon since they were babies. Now that bombshell’s been dropped, before you click away thinking you’ve got the wrong website, remember MoneySavingExpert.com isn’t simply about being thrifty or frugal (of course, there’s the good old Old Style MoneySaving Board for that). The site’s ethos is about cutting bills without cutting back (see...

I’m a dedicated MoneySaver… except when it comes to football

I think of myself as an astute MoneySaver, with one exception, when it comes to my main passion — West Ham. Since joining the MSE team nearly a year ago, I’ve saved hundreds of pounds on purchases through using discount codes, taking advantage of flash sales, haggling and researching the best deals. But football is a different...

How was your trip to Nashville? Er, I’m not going for a month

"How was your trip to Nashville, Tennessee?" WHAT?! That was my first thought, as I read the email from hotel booking firm Hotwire. I’m not due to go there for another month. Then it hit me. I’d booked my hotel room for the right date, but the wrong month. I won’t be getting my money back. It’s...

A Wonga loan to go to the pub? I should beat you with a salmon

A few weeks ago, I read on Facebook that a friend was heading out to the pub and because he didn’t have any money, he got himself a ‘Chunk of Wonga’ which means he has just taken out a £400 Wonga payday loan. After following the discussion, he said he had taken it out for 30 days....

I read the T&Cs and was pleasantly surprised

Update 19 March 2013: Following the comments about my blog in the forum I spoke to the Co-operative Electrical about its terms and conditions. It appears that a broken link during the purchase process meant I was shown an incorrect version of the terms and conditions. The correct terms and conditions, which have now been fixed, allow...

Giving up smoking bought me better health… and a holiday

I never made the choice to be a smoker. It was a lot of stupid little decisions that got me hooked. It’s addictive stuff. At university, I’d have a cigarette here and there while partying. Then I started to smoke when I was stressed with coursework, revision or exams. I was smoking every day, but didn’t consider...

Corn by any other name would taste as sweet

Most consumers are aware of the crafty marketing ploys companies use to get us to part with our cash, most notoriously the hard-to-resist smell of fresh baked goods in supermarkets. Yet while we know all about tricks such as this, along with brightly coloured money-off signs, multi-buy offers and clever wording on packaging, many of us still...

It didn’t leave my book in a puddle, but Yodel still bungled my delivery

I bought a book on eBay last week. It was delivered on Friday, safe and sound, but on the way, I had some bumps, and a bizarre conversation with a customer service assistant that made me wonder quite what was going on. Welcome, once again, to the world of Yodel. I hadn’t realised the book I ordered...

How a smear test got me a £10 trip to Paris

I’ve done some bizarre things to save cash. But having a smear test to get a cheap trip to Paris is a contender for the top of the list.  Before we start, to do this trick you need to be a PruHealth insurance member. I get it free through my other half’s employer. PruHealth gives customers “vitality...

Valentine’s Day – whose side are you on?

Ding, ding, ding!  It’s time to pick sides. Are you the romantic, sensitive kind who loves Valentine’s Day in all its slushy glory or the cynical type who thinks Valentine’s Day is nothing more than a chance for Cupid to rob you blind with that little bow and arrow of his? The Beatles sang All You Need...