£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...

My Sky TV customer service horror show

I’m going to tell you about the worst customer service experience I’ve ever encountered, with huge errors and then an inability – and in some cases unwillingness – to fix the cock-up. Step forward, Sky. I’ve written previously about appalling service from Sky, but here’s a horror show with my Sky Q TV service on another level....

Getting a mortgage? Don’t assume your bank knows best

My fiancé and I are lucky to be in a position to buy an actual house, and even luckier to have had an offer accepted. We’re now quite a way through the process but we weren’t quite lucky enough to buy without a mortgage, so securing one was naturally the next step. Now we’d already spoken to a...

Smart meter stopped working? It’s probably because you switched

So you get a call from your energy supplier, offering you a new ‘smart’ meter that can take the hassle out of paying your bills. It can send automatic meter readings – no more estimated bills, and no more need to give meter readings online or over the phone. You also get a neat little wireless device...

Get up to 5% interest with the app that makes saving automatic

Welcome to the new world of app-based banking. There’s been an explosion in recent months of new companies offering a challenge to traditional financial services. From prepaid cards to current accounts and mortgages, there’s little that this modern generation of providers isn’t tackling. And now there’s a ‘chatbot’ app that’ll automatically work out what you can afford...