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...

£69 flights to New York. Too good to be true?

Airline Norwegian put £69 singles to New York from Belfast and Edinburgh up for sale yesterday, so we decided to find out if it really was possible to bag one. And guess what? It worked – but only just. These types of flight sales can be a whirlwind, and to be frank, a disappointment as the mega cheap...

Do you STILL have leftover francs, pesetas or lire stashed away? Here’s how to change them back

According to a recent piece of research, UK households are hoarding millions in expired foreign currency. But if you still have ancient foreign notes and coins, the good news is they’re not worthless – you CAN still exchange them. Now, it’s important to note that this research comes with a major health warning. Bureau de change firm...

If you’ve a piggybank or coin jar, watch out – your £1 coins will soon be unspendable

Are you a coin hoarder? If so, this is a huge warning. Empty your piggybanks, upend your coin jars, scrabble behind the sofa and get all your pound coins together – then spend or save ’em before 15 October.

I’m flying business class to New York for half the price of an economy ticket – here’s how you can

I’m looking forward to that flat bed, lounge access and decent plane food. And the best thing is it was far cheaper than flying in economy. Update 13 Feb 2018: This blog was first written in February 2017 – I’ve now taken the flights I booked, but the principles outlined here still apply.  I’m flying to New...

How I bagged a last-minute flight to the Philippines for £375 return – and what you need to know about smaller online flight brokers

When it comes to finding cheap flights, our usual rule is to book as early as possible. But it’s as much about how you book as when you book – and I’ve been lucky enough to bag some real bargains. Take my recent trip to the Philippines. It cost me just £367 return from London Gatwick (+ a £7.35...

The credit cards that won’t remove your intro offer for making a mistake

When it comes to credit cards, managing them well is pretty simple: always pay at least the minimum monthly payment (preferably more), on time, and don’t bust your credit limit. These mantras are important. Not following them usually means any promotional 0% interest periods (such as on purchases or balance transfers) are removed, and you get whacked...