An Apple bug means iPhone users could be charged more… for being grammatically correct

If you’re a punctuation pedant when it comes to texting, beware. A bug in Apple’s iOS 11 operating system means if you include an apostrophe in an SMS message, your character count will be slashed from 160 to just 70. This issue was first flagged by MoneySaver David, who found that when sending an SMS message (NOT...

Does your Pensioner Bond mature this Sunday? What should you do with the cash?

Pensioner Bonds are simply fixed-rate savings accounts, launched in January 2015, paying a massive 4% interest for the three-year version (and 2.8% on the one-year version which matured in 2016) – though, as the name suggests, they were only available to those 65+. In total, just under 900,000 people took one out between January and May that...

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...

Three customer? You can get FREE cinema tickets, coffee, pizza and more via this free app

Free stuff. Unless it’s a cold or a bin bag full of half-eaten Jaffa Cakes, free stuff is awesome. And if you’re a Three customer, you can now use the mobile network’s new rewards app to get lots of it. The Wuntu app (‘Wun’, ‘tu’, Three, geddit?) is available for iOS and Android. It’s free to download,...

Have energy prices fallen? No – but average usage has

The eagle-eyed among you may have noticed a small drop in the prices we give for energy tariffs on MSE and in our weekly email. In September, for example, when we wrote about energy tariffs in the weekly email for our collective, we said the average cost of standard deals from the big six stood at £1,151. Yet...

‘I flew to New York for £69’ – was it worth it?

Earlier this year low-cost airline Norwegian launched a new route from the UK to New York, with one-way tickets selling for just £69. But what sacrifices do you have to make to get a price that low? We sent MSE Megan to find out… Editor: Fancy testing a flight to New York for us? Me: YES Editor:...

Is your old £1 coin worth MORE than £1?

The deadline for spending old round £1 coins is fast approaching – after Sunday 15 October they’ll no longer be legal tender. But before you rush to get rid of your old coins, turn ’em over. Some might be worth more than their face value, with a few even fetching up to £20… We’ve been telling you for...

Can it REALLY be cheaper to travel abroad to buy a new iPhone X?

The brand-new iPhone X was unveiled earlier this week with an eye-watering starting price of £1,000 – yet it’s much cheaper overseas. But can it really be cheaper to fly long-haul to get one? We’ve crunched the numbers… Every time a new iPhone’s launched, tech-lovers across the country are immediately irked by how much more it costs...

We’re changing the cashback you get for switching energy supplier

Unfortunately we’re dropping the amount of cashback we give to anyone who switches energy through us. As always, we like to be transparent, so here are our reasons why. Whenever you switch energy provider via us, we get paid by the company you switch to (though this doesn’t mean you pay more – if you switched directly...

To fly but NOT to serve. Is British Airways’ new M&S paid-for food service always this shambolic?

I want to like the UK institution that is British Airways but I fear its service is hitting turbulence, begging the question whether it’s worth paying its often higher prices over rivals such as Easyjet.  This is summed up by the seemingly chaotic implementation of its new, chargeable M&S food service on most short-haul flights, which in...