Vet care 'fur' free: Vaccinations, microchipping and more if on low income

If you’re on a low income or benefits and you have pets, you could be entitled to cheap or free vet fees. The RSPCA may have a high profile – with 160 branches across England and Wales and regular campaigns for animal welfare – but it also runs a low-key financial assistance scheme to help people on...

Grab free Amazon vouchers for just a spot of window shopping

If you’re partial to a spot of window shopping then there’s a new smartphone app that could earn you Amazon vouchers, just for peering at job ads as you walk by. The free ‘Job Spotter’ app launched by job site Indeed rewards you for simply taking pictures of job vacancy adverts at shops and restaurants. You’ll earn...

You now have more protection against banks going bust – but they have till June to tell you about it

Money you’ve saved with providers that are part of the UK’s Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS) is now protected up to £85,000 per institution – though banks and building societies don’t need to tell you about the updated figure till the end of June. Update: This blog was published last month, but the information in it is accurate...

Your new Facebook friend? The automatic savings app that lives in Messenger

While many of us may have ‘friends’ on Facebook we haven’t spoken to in years, it’s unlikely you’re connected with a robot – though with the new wave of ‘chatbot’ tech, this looks set to change. Which brings us onto Plum, a new-ish chatbot. A chatbot is a computer program you can interact with online, and this...

Less than £1 a bottle? Now that’s craft(y) beer buying

Craft beer is all the rage at the minute, and I must admit I have a bit of a weakness for the stuff myself. But with (small) bottles typically going for £1.80+, it’s not the cheapest penchant to sustain. So here are some tips to down the cost of indulging. Be warned – some of these tricks...