Mourinho savings – double interest if Utd win title

Last week, an email popped up in my inbox: “Virgin Money launches the ‘Manchester United Champions Bond’ for savers”. It offers fixed 1.25% interest for a year, but comes with a twist – the rate is doubled to 2.5% if Man Utd win the Premier League in 2016/17. So I immediately forwarded it to Martin and new...

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...

Why won’t banks give me a savings account?

You’d have thought it was easy to apply for a savings account. Especially as you’re giving banks money. Think again. I’m in week four of trying to apply for an account, with no luck. It appears the problem is an archaic mixture of banks’ bungling attempts to verify my identity, and curious information on my credit report....