Under 26? Nab theatrical bargains galore for a tenner or less

Hi. My name’s Rosie and I’m a theatre addict. There, I’ve said it. And while I love sitting in a dark room full of strangers watching people pretend to be other people, I’m not a fan of the hefty price tag that often comes with it. With premium tickets for West End shows sometimes topping £100 a...

Want the cheapest energy deals? You could be out of luck – suppliers can now exclude you from getting their best tariffs

A few weeks ago, an interesting energy tariff came through from First Utility. It was a reasonably priced one-year fix, costing on average £812 a year with what regulator Ofgem calls typical use – by no means the cheapest, but still good value. What made it interesting was the offer of £2.50 per fuel, per month off...

Would you be more likely to pay tax if HMRC popped a personal Post-it Note reminder in your mail?

Here’s a wheeze: the taxman is trying to get stubborn payers to cough up what they owe by sticking a handwritten note proposing a chat (and including a phone number to call) on his letters. It looks like a clever – if unusual – folksy touch to try to encourage tardy citizens to pay their dues. But there’s something...

Fitness trackers are a Marmite issue – but could you be bribed into exercising with one?

The popularity of wearable technology for monitoring your movements has always been a mystery to me – maybe it’s because I’m a lazy lump who’s got no desire to boost my daily step count. Given a choice I’ll take the shortest possible route to walk to where I need to get to. You certainly wouldn’t catch me...

Travelling on Virgin Trains without a railcard? Here’s a quick trick to get 10% off West Coast routes

Anyone who, like me, falls outside the eligibility criteria for a railcard discount, knows how frustrating it can be paying full price for train fares. Gone are the days of my 16-25 railcard discount, and while the Two Together railcard’s great, it’s no good if you’re travelling on your own. So I was impressed to find out...

Diamond Club rewards scheme closing – so what are the alternative cards?

Two weeks ago, the letter I’d been dreading came through my letterbox from MBNA. “We’re sorry, but we’re closing the Diamond Club. You’ll be able to collect Destinations Miles until 30 September.” Some background first. The MBNA-issued Diamond Club card replaced the BMI credit card when the company that owns British Airways (BA) also took over BMI....

What’s your worst customer service cock-up? Can you beat Sky’s lack of common sense and communication?

‘Welcome to fluid viewing’ boasts Sky in its advert for its new Sky Q service. Well, it would help if it worked. I want to tell you about Sky’s double failure to install Sky Q properly in two flats in my block. It’s a way of shining a light when installation departments and call centres employ robotic...

How to beat Luton Airport’s sky-high £2 luggage trolley fee

I never used to bother with luggage trolleys at airports. Wheel the suitcase, bag on the shoulder, job done. Then came kids… Now a flight with the family requires pre-planning with military precision. And with two big suitcases, two car seats, a buggy, toddler’s Trunki and two pieces of cabin baggage to carry, at least one (and...

Free Christmas drinks? Grab them now, don’t be too sloe!

It’s Christmas! Well, almost, actually there are less than 100 days to go. But anyway, that can only mean one thing… we’re getting in the Christmas spirits! Sloes can be found in abundance, for free, in hedgerows over the next few months, so if you’re in the countryside, or even in a city with decent parkland, picking...

iOS 10 annoyances: How to unlock without pressing the home button

The new iPhone operating system iOS 10 has a snazzier feel but there are a couple of annoying settings I’ve managed to sort, and by letting you know how I did it, hopefully it can help you too.  I’ve resisted the temptation to upgrade from my iPhone 6 to the new iPhone 7, so I can only vouch...