MSE Rhiannon: ‘How my MoneySaving Mum taught me all I know’

It's my Mum's 69th birthday on Wednesday 5th February. Well, it would've been had we not lost her at 55 to cancer. We've been forced to celebrate many occasions without her for over a decade, but this year I've decided it's time for me to celebrate my MoneySaving Mum and how she taught me all I know.

The MoneySavingIdiot did an accidental direct debit audit – and got £300 back from his gym

Working at MoneySavingExpert.com, obviously the purpose of my job is to help people save money. Unfortunately, I've always been bobbins at saving money for myself. But in an effort to change that, I've been trying out some of MSE's tips and tricks. Previously, I've covered the likes of train delaysoverseas travelcredit scoresfinding lost cash and depositing coins. Today: doing a direct debit audit (sort of).

How to BEAT school holiday travel price hikes

There's a collective 'GRRRRR' from parents about holiday price hikes when term ends – the cost of flights, hotels and package holidays always seems to rocket. Yet the law's plain. You can't take kids out of school for unauthorised vacations without being fined (see our Term-time holidays 60-second guide for the full lowdown).

How to save £670 in 2020 with the 1p Savings Challenge

The New Year's often a time many resolve to start regularly setting some cash aside – but it's not always easy to find a savings method that works for you.

How to blag a FREE hotel from your airline on a long-haul stopover

Over Easter, I made a mammoth 23,318-mile return trip to New Zealand – with two stopovers in China, for 12 and then a whopping 18 hours. While I can handle a few hours in a departure lounge, this time I was fully prepared to pay for a proper bed and shower. But when I searched for airport hotels, I discovered my airline China Southern – like many others – would put me up at no extra cost...

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

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.

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).

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.