Voices Prudent shopper Russell Lynch, who started compiling his own inflation index 18 months ago

Officially, the cost of living is under control. So why doesn't it feel like that?

The 10 best Champagnes

See in the new year in style with a bottle of bubbles. Sam Muston rounds up France's finest and best-value fizz for the perfect celebration

Wines of the week: The best festive bottles

As New Year's Eve approaches, there are vast swathes of sparkling on offer in the high street, so here are three celebration bottles where quality and price match up…

8 best last-minute Christmas gifts

There may only be four days to go, but there's still time to snap up some great pressies for all the family

Mega discounters luring customers away from Big Four supermarkets in record numbers, says Kantar

Half the country shopped at an Aldi or Lidl in the last three months for the first time on record, with cash-conscious shoppers love-affair with discount supermarkets shows no signs of slowing down.

UbiSlate 7Ci: £30 Datawind tablet is ‘world's cheapest’

The UbiSlate 7Ci is the commercial version of the low-cost educational tablet, the AAKASH-2

Morrisons scraps window cleaning to save cash as sales decline

Morrisons supermarket has scrapped window cleaning in a bid to slash costs as it battles declining sales.

Spree and easy: the Modern Houseboat’s interior

Stay the Night: Modern Houseboat, Berlin

You can dance all night at the German capital's legendary clubs, then retreat to the River Spree, says James Litston

Travel agenda

From Barcelona, Brazil and Bilbo to William III's palace and Aldi ski gear

Travel agenda

From Barcelona, Brazil and Bilbo's house to William III's palace and Aldi ski gear

Aldi to enter budget tablet market with £79 Medion Lifetab

Announcement follows similar moves by Tesco, Asda and Argos

Christmas dinner on a budget: treat yourself to a festive feast for £2.73

We all know Christmas is a time to celebrate and share with family and friends. But if can do it on the cheap, quite frankly, that's even better.

Fifth of spending online as the net really starts to click with customers

Nearly one in every five pounds spent on shopping in the UK is done online – the highest level recorded, according to the British Retail Consortium.

10 best red wines for winter - go on, it's Christmas (nearly)

With the weather turning brisk, keep warm by curling up indoors with a glass of ones of these wines in hand

Super-discounters Aldi and Lidl lure customers away from Big Four as shoppers go bargain hunting

Nearly one in three shoppers have visited an Aldi supermarket in the last 12 lured by heavy discounts 

Sainsbury’s announced pre-tax profits of £400m for the six months to the end of September

Sainsbury's overtakes Asda to become second-largest UK supermarket as profits soar 9%

Company now accounts for 16.8% of the market

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A new Russian revolution: Cracks start to appear in Putin’s Kremlin power bloc

A new Russian revolution

Cracks start to appear in Putin’s Kremlin power bloc
Eugene de Kock: Apartheid’s sadistic killer that his country cannot forgive

Apartheid’s sadistic killer that his country cannot forgive

The debate rages in South Africa over whether Eugene de Kock should ever be released from jail
Standing my ground: If sitting is bad for your health, what happens when you stay on your feet for a whole month?

Standing my ground

If sitting is bad for your health, what happens when you stay on your feet for a whole month?
Commonwealth Games 2014: Dai Greene prays for chance to rebuild after injury agony

Greene prays for chance to rebuild after injury agony

Welsh hurdler was World, European and Commonwealth champion, but then the injuries crept in
Israel-Gaza conflict: Secret report helps Israelis to hide facts

Patrick Cockburn: Secret report helps Israel to hide facts

The slickness of Israel's spokesmen is rooted in directions set down by pollster Frank Luntz
The man who dared to go on holiday

The man who dared to go on holiday

New York's mayor has taken a vacation - in a nation that has still to enforce paid leave, it caused quite a stir, reports Rupert Cornwell
Best comedians: How the professionals go about their funny business, from Sarah Millican to Marcus Brigstocke

Best comedians: How the professionals go about their funny business

For all those wanting to know how stand-ups keep standing, here are some of the best moments
The Guest List 2014: Forget the Man Booker longlist, Literary Editor Katy Guest offers her alternative picks

The Guest List 2014

Forget the Man Booker longlist, Literary Editor Katy Guest offers her alternative picks
Jokes on Hollywood: 'With comedy film audiences shrinking, it’s time to move on'

Jokes on Hollywood

With comedy film audiences shrinking, it’s time to move on
It's the best of British art... but not all is on display

It's the best of British art... but not all is on display

Voted for by the British public, the artworks on Art Everywhere posters may be the only place where they can be seen
Critic claims 'I was the inspiration for Blanche DuBois'

Critic claims 'I was the inspiration for Blanche DuBois'

Blanche Marvin reveals how Tennessee Williams used her name and an off-the-cuff remark to create an iconic character
Sometimes it's hard to be a literary novelist

Sometimes it's hard to be a literary novelist

Websites offering your ebooks for nothing is only the latest disrespect the modern writer is subjected to, says DJ Taylor
Edinburgh Fringe 2014: The comedy highlights, from Bridget Christie to Jack Dee

Edinburgh Fringe 2014

The comedy highlights, from Bridget Christie to Jack Dee
Dame Jenny Abramsky: 'We have to rethink. If not, museums and parks will close'

Dame Jenny Abramsky: 'We have to rethink. If not, museums and parks will close'

The woman stepping down as chair of the Heritage Lottery Fund is worried