Fancy a £500 windfall just for checking your insurance at renewal?

Every week it’s the same old, same old. First, a reader expresses shock (and even disgust) at the size of their insurance renewal quote. It sparks an angry phone call to an indifferent insurer which in turn triggers an urgent visit to a price comparison site. Big savings then emerge (£100s and even £1,000s) – often with...

42 MoneySaving household hacks to avoid waste

From cutting open toothpaste to get the last drop out, to saving wrapping paper from opened gifts... many of us have certain quirky things we do as MoneySavers. We might not always admit to them, but however small (or strange), they all add up to save cash – and help the environment by reducing waste. So we've delved deep into the MSE Forum to come up with a whole host of MoneySaving household hacks... 

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,...

Handbags? Luxury toilet roll? What are your guilty – but still MoneySaving – pleasures?

When it comes to MoneySaving, here at MSE Towers we know what we’re talking about. I’ve been here over five years, and the lengths some people go to bag a bargain still astound me. That’s not to say I don’t like to save money. It’s just a common preconception that because of where I work, I should...

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...

What’s your worst customer service cock-up? Can you beat Sky’s lack of common sense and communication?

‘Welcome to fluid viewing’ boasts Sky in its advert for its new Sky Q service. Well, it would help if it worked. I want to tell you about Sky’s double failure to install Sky Q properly in two flats in my block. It’s a way of shining a light when installation departments and call centres employ robotic...

How to beat Luton Airport’s sky-high £2 luggage trolley fee

I never used to bother with luggage trolleys at airports. Wheel the suitcase, bag on the shoulder, job done. Then came kids… Now a flight with the family requires pre-planning with military precision. And with two big suitcases, two car seats, a buggy, toddler’s Trunki and two pieces of cabin baggage to carry, at least one (and...

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 to be a wedding guest on a budget

My name’s Amy and I’m addicted to… TV wedding programmes. Don’t Tell the Bride, Say Yes to the Dress, I Found the Gown, you name it, I’ll watch it (much to my husband’s annoyance). But let’s face it: nothing beats the real thing. That’s why when three of my closest friends announced they were getting married this...