How one MSE team member forgot to practise what he preaches

It’s horrible when your card is declined but you feel like even more of a plonker when it’s your own fault. And even worse when you’ve already been involved in publishing a MoneySavingExpert.com story explaining this will happen. I’ve got an Egg Money card in my wallet but all Egg cards were deactivated today as they have...

The little trick that saved me from eBay zombiedom

“Must find chest of drawers …” I’ve been seeking a chest of drawers to fit in a small, 85cm wide alcove in my flat. The quest sent me into a zombie-like trance, scanning eBay at midnight, murmuring: “chest of drawers, chest of drawers …” The trouble’s the chest can’t be wider than 85cm and an eBay search...

Does a repaired car have to be good as new?

In my family, I’m generally not the first person who springs to mind if an auntie needs a new shelf put up, or my dad wants a second opinion on some bathroom grouting. "Dan’s not the ‘practical sort’" is the general mantra. So when confronted with a car mechanic, talking of faulty V-belts and worn gear box...

What on Earth does quantitative easing mean? How financial jargon alienates the masses

‘Quantitative easing’ is all the rage today after the Bank of England announced it is "increasing the size of its asset purchase programme by £75 billion to £275 billion". You what? Most people won’t have a clue what that means. Quantitative easing sounds like some kind of over-the-counter medicine or an A-level maths test. The reality is...

Can a TV recorder really save £870 a year?

As you can imagine, at MSE Towers we get the odd one or two (hundred) press releases every week, with companies sending in their latest offers for consideration. The best make it into the weekly email, the worst into the spam folder. But every now and then there’s one that’s truly special. An email about a well-known...

Thanks, Tesco. Every little does help

We are very quick to jump on bad service, telling everyone from our best mate to the media (which we sometimes write about) of how we’ve been wronged by our bank, supermarket or travel firm. But we’re not always as quick to celebrate good service, but I’m going to try to redress that balance slightly, even though...

Charidee and MoneySaving: how to be tightfisted and openhearted

MoneySaving and charity. One involves keeping cash in your pocket, the other involves giving it away. Yet these are surprisingly compatible – you can have your cake and eat it (or give it away if you prefer). Gone are the days when you need to call a street urchin from your window and order a prize turkey...

Holiday booking hell: how you can be thousands of pounds down

Like most people, I love going on holiday to relax and get away from everything, but when you end up thousands of pounds out of pocket booking that trip, the experience (hopefully temporarily) turns sour. Thanks to a mixture of, diplomatically speaking, an archaic booking system used by my chosen (but never again!) travel firm and the...

Cash withdrawal furore. Has bank bashing gone too far?

There’s been a lot of anger today from some consumer groups over Alliance & Leicester’s decision to raise the minimum over-the-counter cash withdrawal limit from £250 to £300 from July for basic bank account customers (see the Best Bank Accounts guide). However, the level of anger directed at the bank appears unfair. This is especially so when A&L...

Travelodge Tips

Staying over in London for one or two nights a week means that I need to find cheap but comfortable accommodation. For the past year or so I’ve relied on Travelodge to fulfil both criteria. Booking months ahead and taking full advantage of their £19 and £29/night deals is typical money saving, but the availability of these...