Retired? Want to get paid £10k to travel the world?

Another day, another opportunity of a lifetime/PR stunt. Compare The Market is searching for someone who’s retired to go on a ‘senior gap year’, with all expenses paid up to a total of £10,000. The winner of the website’s competition will travel the world for up to 12 months, visit up to 12 destinations and be given...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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...