Swap Shops: How to get something new for nothing

As a natural-born hoarder, the thought of a Swap Shop fills me with both joy and fear. The fear that I’ll actually be forced into clearing through my worldly goods, and the joy of picking up some new bits to add to the collection. For those who don’t know what a Swap Shop is, it’s basically a...

We’ve finally done it – we’ve bought our first home!

At Christmas, my fiancé and I realised we’d saved enough of a deposit to buy our first home. As New Year’s Eve rolled on, one of my resolutions was to make this dream a reality for us in 2014. It’s been just over six months, but we finally got the keys to our new place last week....

Sent your CPP claim form back? I’ve just reclaimed £150

I’m one of millions of people mis-sold worthless credit card theft cover, and I’ve just successfully reclaimed £150! Up to seven million people were mis-sold credit and identity theft cover from banks and CPP. At the end of last year, all those affected were asked to vote on a redress scheme to get their money back. As...

Make do and mend – I’ve turned into my mother!

I’m sure we all remember our mums saying "you’ll grow into it" when we were kids. I never thought I’d end up the same. Yet here I am, three years after my eldest daughter started school, hoping she doesn’t have a growth spurt in the next three months. In my eldest daughter’s first year at school –...

Tesco’s Double The Difference policy left me nearly £50 richer

As creatures of habit, my fiancé and I tend to go food shopping for the week on a Saturday afternoon. But one particular visit to Tesco was anything but routine. Boxes of Ariel 3 in 1 laundry pods, which last 30 washes, were reduced from £10 to £7, so we decided to take two – one for...

Yes, I admit it. I have solar panel envy

As someone quite excited about all things renewable energy, when I found out just over three years ago that my new home came complete with solar panels on top, I was over the moon. They’d combine my passion for MoneySaving with my love of saving energy. But the relationship’s turned a little sour… When you buy a...

Want to save on school holiday flights? Try this Easyjet Flexifare trick

It’s the first rule of booking a MoneySaving holiday: don’t go at the same time as everyone else. But for many people – certainly families with school-age kids, but others as well – it’s simply not always possible to steer clear of the crowds. In my case, it wasn’t the school holidays which dictated when I could...

Only got Sky Sports for the Premier League? Here’s how to cancel for the summer

The domestic football season is coming to an end. We’ve had many people ask us whether they can cancel their Sky Sports subscription to save cash, and re-start it again in August, in time for the new campaign. If all you’ve got it for is Premier League football, then the simple answer is yes. (See our Digital...

Simplifying broadband prices: our system

Today, the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has ruled a TalkTalk broadband deal we wrote about earlier this year was not clear enough. The deal came with a high street shopping voucher and in some configurations was the cheapest deal on the market. To help people compare the cost against other deals (a nightmare of confusion with different...

How I got a £3,300 Virgin Atlantic upper class flight for £1,500

Travelling is definitely a money vice for me. And while I’ve done my fair share of budget backpacking, now I’m a bit older with no real responsibilities, any opportunity to travel in style (cheaply of course) is welcome. So when I accumulated a few Virgin reward miles from a flight, I was keen to max them out...