Neighbours or volunteers shopping for you? How to pay them back safely

An army of family, friends, neighbours and volunteers have stepped up to help people shielding and self-isolating during the coronavirus crisis, doing shopping runs or trips to the pharmacy. The easiest way to pay them back is via a bank transfer. Yet not everyone has access to online or phone banking to be able to do that, and not everyone is happy handing their bank details over. We run through other ways to pay...

How to stop your car battery from going flat – and six other coronavirus motoring tips

When the UK-wide lockdown to slow the spread of the coronavirus began in March, MoneySavers with motors asked us – and each other via the MSE Forum – how to keep their car in good nick if it wasn't being driven much, or at all. Understandably, they wanted to avoid having to shell out for repairs when they were able to hit the road again.

How to slash the cost of sending gifts to friends and family overseas

As getting together with overseas relatives looks unlikely this year sadly, many will be posting treats instead. Whether you want to send make-up to Melbourne, a wetsuit to Warsaw or toy T-Rex to Texas, the obvious answer's to scurry to the post office – but the cost can add up, especially for heavier parcels.

11 ways to boost eBay's 'Sell for £1 max' promos

There are four little words every eBayer wants to land in their inbox: 'Sell for £1 max'. The e-commerce giant can be a seller's paradise, but it typically takes 10% of the final price, including postage – yet the coveted 'Sell for £1 max' promo can slash what you pay. 

Tesco extends 'Clubcard Prices' – but are they any good?

With a second lockdown already in progress in Wales, and coming in England, many people who may have gone back to shopping in stores are likely to shop online again. With Tesco having the largest share of the online shopping market, we're taking a look at its flagship offer – 'Clubcard Prices' – and asking... are they any good?

Free or cheap half-term kids' activities

Many schools are off this week for half-term, and if things seem a little strange, it's not just because Halloween falls this week too. Even if you're experiencing half-term with the little ones in local lockdown, there's still plenty of fun to be had.

DIY haircut tips – dos and don'ts from the MSE team and MoneySavers who have tried cutting their own hair

Salons and barbers have temporarily closed again in some parts of the UK, and even if your local ones are open, not everyone feels comfortable going out, or appointments may be hard to get. If you're in need of a haircut you might be tempted to take matters, and the scissors or clippers, into your own less-than-qualified hands…

How to keep fit for free via YouTube, Instagram, apps etc

With gyms temporarily closed again across Wales, and many of us staying inside more due to restrictions tightening across the UK, exercise regimes may be slipping. But there are loads of free apps, online tools and resources that can help you keep fit at home. Handy if you're not able (or ready) to return to fitness centres – or if you just want to save £100s on a membership you won't use.

Make face masks, face wipes, draught excluders and more with spare fabric

Face coverings are now mandatory on public transport in the UK, as well as in shops, so sewing your own could save you money. I'm going to show you two ways to make masks, or alternatively where to buy the cheapest ready-made versions.

17 free (or very cheap) ways to bring kids joy indoors

With coronavirus restrictions getting tighter again, many will need to find ways to entertain kids indoors. So we've come up with some tips to help to bring kids joy and sprinkle magic for little or no money – from glamping in the front room to having a virtual tiger come to tea in your kitchen.