How to make fake blood: A last-minute Halloween make-up trick (or treat)

Ahhhh - not sorted your Halloween costume yet? Here's a quick tip on how to make fake blood using three ingredients you may already have in the kitchen cupboard.

My MoneySaving zero waste morning routine

This week, from Monday 3 to Friday 7 September it's Zero Waste Week. Previously, we've brought you 13 ways to use less plastic and save cash, so at MSE we're always thinking about whether we could in fact save money as well as the planet. First thing on Monday, I tried a completely zero-waste morning, and this is what I came up with.

I ran 42km for a 'free' Tiffany necklace

And I said, what about a necklace from Tiffany's? She said, I think I, remember I've bills and as I recall, I said you can run 42km for it, and what she said, can't be repeated in print! 

Halloween MoneySaving and the scary spider that kept coming back

Parents, do you loathe having to spend money on a costume for your kids for an event that happens just once a year? On a costume they’ll probably have grown out of by the next year? I love my girls to bits but I really begrudge spending the money shops and supermarkets try to convince us to...

Free Christmas drinks? Grab them now, don’t be too sloe!

It’s Christmas! Well, almost, actually there are less than 100 days to go. But anyway, that can only mean one thing… we’re getting in the Christmas spirits! Sloes can be found in abundance, for free, in hedgerows over the next few months, so if you’re in the countryside, or even in a city with decent parkland, picking...

‘How a DNA test helped me plot my family tree and plan my future travels’

We feature travel comparison site Momondo for its quirky flight data which tells you when it’s cheapest to fly to selected destinations, and how far ahead you should book to bag the cheapest ticket. It’s undoubtedly MoneySaving, no question. So when I met with Momondo a while ago to hear what it was up to, I was...

How I popped my upcycling cherry and saved £65+

Have you ever considered upcycling to save cash but never taken the plunge? Well, that was me until now. I was recently looking for a shelf for my daughter’s room but couldn’t find exactly what I was looking for. I found one I quite liked in Ikea but it was £75 – far too expensive, while another...

A £30 surprise from my 19-year-old self

This wasn’t my finest moment. I’d had a few drinks (please be Drinkaware), and after a quick stopoff at the cashpoint, I’d jumped back into the taxi with my £30 withdrawal left dangling out of the ATM like a carrot for thieving passers-by. This was during the summer of 2006, when I was a 19-year-old student with...