Every week it’s the same old, same old. First, a reader expresses shock (and even disgust) at the size of their insurance renewal quote. It sparks an angry phone call to an indifferent insurer which in turn triggers an urgent visit to a price comparison site. Big savings then emerge (£100s and even £1,000s) – often with...
So you get a call from your energy supplier, offering you a new ‘smart’ meter that can take the hassle out of paying your bills. It can send automatic meter readings – no more estimated bills, and no more need to give meter readings online or over the phone. You also get a neat little wireless device...
Welcome to the new world of app-based banking. There’s been an explosion in recent months of new companies offering a challenge to traditional financial services. From prepaid cards to current accounts and mortgages, there’s little that this modern generation of providers isn’t tackling. And now there’s a ‘chatbot’ app that’ll automatically work out what you can afford...
Fixed energy tariffs are frequently cheaper than suppliers’ standard variable tariffs, which makes it a good idea to keep moving from fix to fix. But what do you do when a super-cheap tariff is launched and you’re facing early termination fees on your current tariff? You could actually still grab a slice of the action and avoid...
A MoneySaver recently wrote to us saying he’d done some credit card trickery to save some cash. In brief, he used a cash advance on a credit card and a balance transfer to save money over doing a money transfer, as balance transfer fees are lower. So, I thought I’d look at his method and see if...
In September, 52% of you were in favour of scrapping the 1p coin following our MSE poll. In fact, 24% of MoneySavers wanted to abolish the 2p and 5p coins too. It got me thinking – with most MoneySavers no longer fond of the penny, is it time it was scrapped? In a host of countries, the penny...
I love to haggle. It may be ‘un-British’ but this week it’s netted me a £230 saving on my broadband. Hopefully it can show you how easy it is to give it a go. My fibre contract is up at the end of the month, so I called my firm’s cancellation department and told it I planned...
When it comes to MoneySaving, here at MSE Towers we know what we’re talking about. I’ve been here over five years, and the lengths some people go to bag a bargain still astound me. That’s not to say I don’t like to save money. It’s just a common preconception that because of where I work, I should...
Do you have a new plastic fiver stashed in your wallet? The smaller, polymer notes, which feature Sir Winston Churchill rather than Elizabeth Fry, were released last month. And while they’ll soon become commonplace, some collectors are forking out big time for rare new notes with special serial numbers. Now, it’s important to stress that recent headlines of...
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