15+ gaming MoneySaving tips & tricks

With the country on lockdown, many of us need some escapism more than ever, and reports suggest there's been a rise in video game playing  I know that's certainly true for me. However, gaming can be expensive, with some consoles costing up to £400 and top-selling games around the £50 mark. Rather than console-ing yourself over the cost, load up this guide of 15+ gaming tips and tricks for Nintendo, PlayStation, Xbox and more.

15 FREE ways to relax, feel good & look after yourself during lockdown

There's no doubt about it  these are trying times. As we're all having to adapt to a new lifestyle, you may find it a struggle to keep on top of your wellbeing, so I'd like to share a few perks that I've discovered. I’m not a doctor or a guru, just a lady who learnt to appreciate life's simple pleasures, which we can easily forget. Here are some of the ways I look after me for free...

Trick to get Animal Crossing online multiplayer access on Nintendo Switch free for seven-days

Even many non-gamers will have heard of Animal Crossing, with the most recent game New Horizons being Nintendo's biggest Switch release ever. But if you want to play Animal Crossing or other games online the Switch - so that you can play with friends etc - you have to pay a yearly subscription. I've found a trick to get online access free for seven days, plus how to save on costs if you want to buy it after that.

100+ FREE digital Marvel & DC comic books, eg, Avengers vs X-Men, Batman & Spider-Man

Here’s a Marvel-lous deal if you’re a fan of the popular Marvel or DC Comics franchises. You can save the day (and the lockdown boredom) with 100+ free digital comic books for a limited time, including Avengers, Batman, Wonder Woman, Spider-Man, Black Panther and more.

Online video game sales including up to 80% off Nintendo, PlayStation & PC games

With most of us at home and in need of some escapism, gaming has seen a spike in recent weeks – however, video games can be pricey, with many costing around the £50 mark. Luckily, a few of the consoles and popular gaming franchises have big sales right now including Nintendo 'up to 80% off' and PlayStation 'up to 60% off'.

Dating at a distance – MSE Becky's four-step MoneySaving plan

Reports suggest there's been a boom in online dating over the past couple of weeks – after all, following your heart needn't take you further than your front door if you can find it on your screen. Virtual dating may seem like something out of an episode of Black Mirror, but since bars, a picnic, or Nando's are off-limits for a date, it's going to be the new norm for many for a little while.

Free virtual globe-trotting, tours & experiences

We may be stuck indoors for the time being but that doesn't mean we can't broaden our horizons beyond our living room walls, because let's face it, there's only so many thousand-piece jigsaws you can do, and Netflix series you can watch. While we aren’t able to physically travel the globe at the moment, there are ways to do it virtually – and for free.

12 ready meals delivered to your door for £30 (norm £35)

Eating healthily and quickly isn't always easy at the best of times, but being in lockdown with fewer trips to the supermarket can make it harder. Online supermarket deliveries are extremely popular at the moment with many reporting difficulties booking a slot – see our Coronavirus Lockdown guide for the latest info.

Cheapest Animal Crossing: New Horizons – from £43 delivered, £39 downloaded via cashback

Animal Crossing: New Horizons for the Nintendo Switch console is out this Friday (20 March), and it's a game I and many others have been waiting for. Pre-ordering new games is never cheap, but if you want it upon release I've looked at the cheapest options left to get the most for your money, whether you want it digitally delivered to your Switch, or physically to your door.

Online supermarket shopping codes - best offers this week

If you're looking at getting your shopping in online, there are a few codes out there this week which can be used to bag 'freebies' or money off at Sainsbury's and Tesco, plus there's cashback at other major supermarkets.