Norwegian does it again – £180 one-way from London to Singapore

Norwegian Airlines has done it again and launched another super-cheap route – and this time it’s offering £180 direct flights between London and Singapore. The budget airline is fast becoming known for launching low price long haul flights, with the most recent being £69 flights to New York. But unlike the promotional New York offer, £180 is...

Hunt for bargains at the rubbish tip – eg, £10 Dysons, £35 Samsung TVs, £10 microwaves

One person’s trash might be another’s treasure, but sadly it’s not really socially acceptable (or, er, legal) to trawl through your neighbours’ rubbish in search of hidden gems. The good news is many local tips now do this for you, with ‘reuse’ shops springing up at rubbish dumps around the country. Of course, as with charity shops,...

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...

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...

£69 flights to New York. Too good to be true?

Airline Norwegian put £69 singles to New York from Belfast and Edinburgh up for sale yesterday, so we decided to find out if it really was possible to bag one. And guess what? It worked – but only just. These types of flight sales can be a whirlwind, and to be frank, a disappointment as the mega cheap...

Do you STILL have leftover francs, pesetas or lire stashed away? Here’s how to change them back

According to a recent piece of research, UK households are hoarding millions in expired foreign currency. But if you still have ancient foreign notes and coins, the good news is they’re not worthless – you CAN still exchange them. Now, it’s important to note that this research comes with a major health warning. Bureau de change firm...

If you’ve a piggybank or coin jar, watch out – your £1 coins will soon be unspendable

Are you a coin hoarder? If so, this is a huge warning. Empty your piggybanks, upend your coin jars, scrabble behind the sofa and get all your pound coins together – then spend or save ’em before 15 October.

I’m flying business class to New York for half the price of an economy ticket – here’s how you can

I’m looking forward to that flat bed, lounge access and decent plane food. And the best thing is it was far cheaper than flying in economy. Update 13 Feb 2018: This blog was first written in February 2017 – I’ve now taken the flights I booked, but the principles outlined here still apply.  I’m flying to New...