The MoneySavingIdiot reclaims £80 – by going through old emails

Right, some of you know the drill by now, but if you don't, here it is. While working at MoneySavingExpert means I help others save money, when it comes to my own cash, I'm usually in a muddle. But now I'm looking to unmuddle myself and, in the process, motivate fellow MoneySavingIdiots. Previously, I've covered train delaysoverseas travel and credit scores. This week: reclaiming cash (kind of).

Jump the queue for top-secret theatre tickets from £4, including West End shows... but only if you can keep your mouth shut

It's the top-secret trick that theatres don't want you to know exists. Welcome to the hush-hush world of last-minute seat-filling, where it's possible to watch a show from as little as £4, including many Christmas productions. Theatres do it because they quite literally need bums on seats – but you must agree not to say what you get so you don't upset people who pay full whack.

11 novel MoneySaving tricks to get must-read Kindle books for FREE (or just 99p)

Amazon is heaving with Kindle books that are permanently free or 99p. Yet these cheap titles may not always match your virtual to-read pile. In fact, you often have to wade through a lot of very average books to find the good ones. And if you pay full-price for Kindle books and devour several a month, the cost can soon stack up. 

22 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).

22 TV MoneySaving tricks – including how to watch The Crown for FREE, make the most of Freeview and save on Sky, Netflix, Now TV & more

With the nights drawing in and the launch of two major streaming services – Britbox and Apple TV+ – we've been thinking about the best ways to save on watching TV. Whether you're a Netflix addict, Sky TV customer or just watch Freeview, here are some of our best tips and tricks to cut the cost.

45 MoneySaving household hacks to avoid waste

From cutting open toothpaste to get the last drop out, to saving wrapping paper from opened gifts... many of us have certain quirky things we do as MoneySavers. We might not always admit to them, but however small (or strange), they all add up to save cash – and help the environment by reducing waste. So we've delved deep into the MSE Forum to come up with a whole host of MoneySaving household hacks... 

15 tips to do Lapland on a budget

For many, visiting Father Christmas's 'home' in Lapland is a once-in-a-lifetime dream trip. Yet costs can often run into £1,000s per person, so we’ve a host of tips to ensure you feel the crunch of snow underfoot, not a crunch on your cash.

I challenged myself to spend NOTHING for 15 days – here's what happened

When was the last time you had a day where you spent nothing? Don't worry, I didn't know the answer off the top of my head either.

How to get an easy pay rise... plus other tips to boost your pension for FREE

Pensions don't have to be boring, maybe we just need to think about them in a different way. In the more than 20 years I've been writing about pensions, I've heard them described as dull, complex and a rip-off. But what if I told you that having a workplace pension can amount to an easy pay rise? And that there are ways to boost your retirement nest-egg for free – without paying in more of your hard-earned cash?

Run out of bank switching rewards? Here's how to make cash from your bank account by referring friends

We've spent years shouting about the cash bribes offered by banks if you switch your current account to them. But if you've run out of banks to switch to, or you'd like to stick with your current provider, you could still be able to make money from your existing account – with a little help from your friends.