My rail fare miscarriage of justice

As a Londoner with Kentish roots, I often venture back to the ‘Garden of England’ to see family and catch up with friends. However, this comes at a cost. A full-price ticket for my return journey costs a hefty £26.50. Thankfully, I invested in a Network Rail Card at the start of the year so I get...

No slouching around – how I built a standing desk for less

Like so many IT professionals, I lead a mostly sedentary life. So I try to break up my eight hours of sitting at a desk each day by hitting the gym at lunchtime and going running (see MoneySavingExpert runs the marathon), but I’m pretty sure us humans weren’t made for sitting all day. In my previous job...

The MSE Forum Team goes to Parliament

I’m sure many would agree that parliamentary bills can be long and somewhat arduous to digest. But Parliament’s on the hunt for new ways to communicate these in the digital age and on Friday, myself and the MoneySavingExpert.com Forum Team gave it our views. Hosted by the Parliament Digital Outreach team, we headed to Westminster for the...

Dream of being debt-free? You’re invited to our #dfwbloggers party…

Inspired by our huge, fantastic community of Debt-Free Wannabes, we hold a motivational, help-clear-your-debts "party" every Friday evening from 8.30pm on our forum Twitter account – @MSE_Forum. It’s all about MoneySaving the fun and supportive way. We talk about tips and ideas on how to pay off your debts, share success stories, celebrate when someone’s cleared their...

Like magazines? Head to your local library for free digital copies

I know public libraries have moved into the digital era by loaning out e-books (see our Free e-Books in Libraries note) and even MP3s for no charge, but I recently discovered that many offer another digital delight. A couple of months ago, I was wiling away a Tuesday afternoon in my local library in a vague attempt...

My top tips for bagging cheap hotel rooms

Living in Ipswich means I have a fairly long and expensive commute to central London, so I often stay in hotels in the capital. Ever since I joined MoneySavingExpert.com in April 2009, I’ve been trying to find the cheapest ways to stay over, so here are some of my tips. We all try to live by MoneySavingExpert...

Claiming on my travel insurance: Should it really be that hard?

I’ve just successfully claimed on my travel insurance, but the experience left a bitter taste in my mouth. I had an arduous battle with my provider where it nearly got away without paying me for a legitimate claim, and it’s made me think a big change is needed from insurers before they can be trusted to act...

Internet safety: Are you Cyberstreetwise?

Internet safety is vital, but it’s not something many of us pay a lot of attention to when we’re online. This is worrying, given we may often unwittingly share a great deal of our personal information online – information which, if it ended up in the wrong hands, could be used for unscrupulous purposes. The Cyberstreetwise campaign...

Do teenage magazines sell unaffordable lifestyles?

I love the free magazines given out at stations, especially Stylist. My favourite section is the ‘top picks’ – a page of dresses, make-up and household items, all beautifully presented and all of it ridiculously expensive. I often look at it and think "one day, I’ll be able to afford this". But in reality, I’ve NEVER been...

I’ve a mountain of toiletries. So why am I rushing out to buy more?

Rummaging around my beauty cabinet recently, I realised I’ve probably got enough lotions and potions to last me a couple of years. So can I justify buying items in this week’s potential Boots 75% off sale? Slightly embarrassed, yet strangely proud, I decided to come clean about my hoard by lumping the whole lot in the bath....