13 ways to use less plastic AND save cash

Plastic waste continues to make headlines, with Scotland planning to charge a 20p deposit for plastic bottles and Morrisons doubling the price of reusable plastic bags. And it's with good reason – shockingly, the Ellen MacArthur Foundation predicts there will be more plastic than fish in the oceans by 2050.

12 ways to STOP wasting food and drink

Are you always throwing out food that’s gone off? In November it was claimed that new food labelling guidance could save shoppers £1 billion a year by prolonging the lifespan of food and stopping edible items being thrown out. That’s likely to be introduced later this year – but in the meantime we’ve 12 tips to help you stop throwing...

How to BEAT school holiday travel price hikes

There's a collective 'GRRRRR' from parents about holiday price hikes when term ends – the cost of flights, hotels and package holidays always seems to rocket. Yet the law's plain. You can't take kids out of school for unauthorised vacations without being fined (see our Term-time holidays 60-second guide for the full lowdown).

Got a student loan? Bizarrely, working extra shifts or getting a bonus this Christmas could COST you cash

Many people may be hoping to earn a bit more cash over the Xmas period. You might be getting triple pay for working on Christmas Day, getting cash for covering shifts of those who want time off or – if you're lucky – simply receiving a nice bonus from your employer. Bizarrely though, if you're a student loan borrower, a festive spike in your income could actually leave you with less money in your pocket...

16 free (or very cheap) ways to sprinkle some Christmas magic

Many are feeling the pressure to spend in the run-up to Christmas - and this is especially true for those with kids. So we wanted to come up with some ways to sprinkle a little Christmas magic for free (or very cheaply).

Pint rights: How to make sure you get the pint you paid for

Winter's upon us, and for me there are few better ways to shelter from the elements than enjoying a pint, bathed in the glow of a crackling fire in a cosy pub.

The top theatre lotteries – how to grab £10-£25 tickets for Aladdin, Hamilton, Matilda and more West End shows (often the best seats)

What seat would £20 buy you at a big West End show nowadays? You might expect to be right up in the gods, at best. Yet in the summer holidays I took my daughter to see Disney's Aladdin in front row stalls seats, with an amazing view of the action, for £20 each. Normally each seat would have cost a cool £63.

How to give to charity for free with loyalty points, cashback and rewards

If you want to help a worthy cause but are strapped for cash, there are still ways you can donate. A few loyalty schemes allow you to donate your rewards points to selected charities, which is a great way to give without feeling the pinch.

25 tricks to boost storage and improve the look of your home

Want to save on space and spruce up your house or flat? There are lots of nifty MoneySaving tricks to 'pimp your home' for less, from low-cost ways to make your bathroom sparkle to raising your bed to create storage space underneath. 

How to make fake blood: A last-minute Halloween make-up trick (or treat)

Ahhhh - not sorted your Halloween costume yet? Here's a quick tip on how to make fake blood using three ingredients you may already have in the kitchen cupboard.