How to check if you have a 50p worth £65
Turn out those jam jars – your small change may be worth big money. Some rare 50ps can fetch up to £900 on eBay, though £40-£50 is more likely if you’re lucky – and £2, 20p and even 2p coins can be worth a mint too.
How to beat money transfer fees – but is the trick worth it?
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...
Is it time to scrap the 1p coin?
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...
How I got £230 off fibre broadband – you can do it too
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...
Handbags? Luxury toilet roll? What are your guilty – but still MoneySaving – pleasures?
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...
How to check if your new fiver’s worth £100s
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...
How to switch your parents in 10 minutes – and make an energy saving
Last week, I switched my mum in under 10 minutes flat. Don’t worry, this isn’t a rather public display of parental disownment, I’m talking about switching energy providers. Ever since I joined MSE last year I’ve been dropping larger and larger hints to my parents that they should review all household bills, as I was pretty sure...
‘I returned a used toilet brush’ – what’s the most extreme thing you’ve taken back to the shop?
“So I returned a toilet brush at the weekend,” said my friend as we were watching TV. “Because it broke after one use. I told them it wasn’t fit for purpose.” I don’t know who was more shocked – me, that she had returned a used (albeit clean) toilet brush and successfully argued her point, or her, that...
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