Living near Nando’s nearly cost me my mortgage

Nando’s usually results in a bad taste in my experience, not home-buying problems (apologies to Nando’s lovers).  For me, it’s caused troubles in getting a mortgage. My home is in a large, newish block, with the chicken specialist close by and a small Tesco on the other side of the building. When I bought the flat in...

New supplier Powershop offers a different way to buy electricity. Here’s what you need to know

If you’re looking for a cheap, electricity-only energy deal at the moment, you may have noticed new provider Powershop popping up in comparisons recently. It appears high up in most results – so a tempting offer. But it’s not as simple as switching and sitting back. Of course you can switch and sit back if you want,...

Why throwing your pay & display ticket away after use could cost £100

It’s increasingly common for car parks to have CCTV cameras, and often you’ll find a parking charge arrives in the post instead of being slapped on your windscreen. So if you’ve paid and displayed, it’s crucial to ALWAYS keep hold of the evidence so you can prove it. This blog post was prompted by one MoneySaver getting...

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...

Your new Facebook friend? The automatic savings app that lives in Messenger

While many of us may have ‘friends’ on Facebook we haven’t spoken to in years, it’s unlikely you’re connected with a robot – though with the new wave of ‘chatbot’ tech, this looks set to change. Which brings us onto Plum, a new-ish chatbot. A chatbot is a computer program you can interact with online, and this...

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...