Hands up – who here knows how banks work?

With my role as a money analyst here at MSE and my previous experience working in a bank, I like to think I know a thing or two about the financial world. However, for many people, growing up involves being thrust into the financial world without knowing the basics of managing money – it’s something many haven’t...

How to buy the cheapest Christmas turkey

They say you can’t put a price on the magic of Christmas –  but it’s worth remembering MoneySaving too so you avoid spending a fortune on a Yuletide feast. In my family’s home Christmas is very much the time for indulgence (you’ll find multiple Terry’s Chocolate Orange wrappers as evidence). And the turkey, along with all its...

Comping – it’s great fun and a possible income booster

I admit it, I’m a secret, but lapsed, comper. Admittedly work and kids mean I’ve not comped (entered competitions) much lately but I encourage my kids to have a go when we see a free one and I’d encourage anyone else to join in too. First and foremost it’s huge fun. On Mothers’ Day this year my...

Is social media the only way to successfully complain these days?

I recently downloaded the Addison Lee app on to my phone – after slipping a disc in my back six weeks ago the need for taxis has increased somewhat. It’s a well-established, seemingly trusted company (that even had a TV show made about it if my memory serves me correctly). So when I had to put my...

Don’t waste money by overlooking the simplest solution

We moved into our flat a year ago. We did all the usual things, bought a tonne of furniture from Ikea, tried to locate the stopcock (someone had put it behind an inaccessible wall) and got all the essentials sorted like gas, electricity, phone, TV and internet. We’d had Sky TV and internet in our previous flat,...

How I boosted my income by £200 with websites and smartphone apps

Many MoneySavers will already know that the idea of making money online is not a myth. I’ve been looking for ways to boost my income for two years now and so far I’ve made around £200, but it’s possible to make more if you’re willing to put in the hours. If you’re looking for ways to make...

Cheap n’ cheerful choccie almost as good as top shelf

Additional reporting by Megan Clark. Last month’s National Chocolate Week really got us thinking – we work for a website that prides itself on fighting for the consumer, so surely it’s our duty to take the fight to the supermarket chocolate shelves, right? We put the quality vs price theory to the (taste) test, gathering some surprising...

Put the biggest discount in first to avoid ‘coupon clash’

Any resident or visitor to London will have seen the warnings about card clash on the tube – the idea that you could be charged for a journey more than once on multiple contactless cards. But I wager fewer people have heard of coupon clash (mostly because I just made it up). I’ve been doing quite a...

My £2.24 MILLION tax bill

Sadly, I’m not a millionaire and therefore don’t make nearly enough to be taxed anything close to £2.24 million. But I did recently buy my first home. One Friday night, towards the end of the buying process, I got home to find a letter from my solicitor. Buying a home involves A LOT of paperwork and it’s...

MoneySavingExpert.com’s collective switch

Collective switching first hit the scene in May 2012. The generic concept is that a trusted intermediary or local agency, such as a council, negotiates a deal with an energy supplier, then gets people to switch. The idea is great in principle, but in practice so far most collective switches haven’t come up with market-leading deals. Plus,...