22 FREE (or very cheap) ways to create a magical summer for kids

It's been another far-from-normal school year, but now it's the summer hols – so you might need some new ways to entertain the kids. We've come up with fun tips to create unforgettable summer magic for free (or very cheap), from writing to a celeb to 'painted rocks' treasure hunts.

The seven top MoneySaving tricks and tips I learned in seven years at MSE

This week, after seven years, almost 400 weekly emails, three general elections, Brexit and a pandemic, I’m hanging up my MoneySavingExpert boots. I’ve learned lots as a journalist here, but even more about saving money, so before I go, I wanted to share some of my favourite tips - the ones I tell people about when they ask what I do, then ask the inevitable follow-up…

How to navigate the new MSE Forum homepage

On the heels of an independent audit, the MSE Forum underwent some major changes and has levelled up dramatically. One of the biggest differences is its shiny new homepage design. Read on to get acquainted with its features.

We're keen for you to explore, and if you find any bugs or issues, we'd be grateful if you could let us know via our feedback form.

If you're not a Forumite yet, you can sign up to the MSE Forum with your email address. As a member, you'll be part of an epic community of MoneySavers, not to mention one of the UK's largest forums.

25 tricks to boost storage and improve the look of your home

Want to save on space and spruce up your house or flat? There are lots of nifty MoneySaving tricks to make the most of where you live, from low-cost ways to make your bathroom sparkle to raising your bed to create storage space underneath. 

Buying Tesco Free From products? Time it right and Tesco will donate 10p per item bought to the Natasha Allergy Research Foundation

In 2016, Natasha Ednan-Laperouse tragically died from a severe allergic reaction after eating inadequately-labelled food. It's the worst-case scenario any person with allergies could face, and a parent's worst nightmare. Natasha's parents set up a charity, Natasha Allergy Research Foundation (NARF), to help fund allergy research, and to bring positive change for people with food allergies.

Charity shop bargain-hunting tricks

There's been a bumper crop of donations to charity shops this spring, thanks to people's lockdown clear-outs. Charities want you to take advantage, so we've rounded up our top tricks and tips to help you find the best items – including where to head for designer clobber, spotting sales and buying online.

I turned my flat into a jungle on the cheap – how to do it yourself

I've been digging about in pots of dirt for a few years, and I want to share with you my 'greenprint' in the form of top MoneySaving tips to grow your indoor garden from one plant into a hundred. With this as inspiration, plus sun, water and a bit of your own trial and error, your ceiling's the limit.

9 ways to turn unwanted clothes into cash

Many are looking for ways to put more cash in their coffers at the moment, and one option could be to flog your unwanted clobber. Clearing out your wardrobe is a great jumping-off point for a spring declutter – and it's likely you've £100s of untapped reserves hanging up forgotten on your wardrobe rails.

'I ran up £1,000s in debt while suffering from depression... now I'm digging myself out of it'

I usually write blogs as the 'MoneySavingIdiot', chronicling my attempts to practise what we preach at MSE (the last one was on switching bank accounts). But as this is a more personal blog, written ahead of World Mental Health Day, I thought it would be better coming from MSE Kelvin. So, here's my tale of my own mental health struggles and how I've battled credit card debt...

Charity shops reopening: Six things you need to know, including how to donate & shop safely

Hands up if you've had a clear-out since lockdown began – or maybe I should say hands up if you haven't (it might be a smaller number). There's some good news if you're itching to drop off bags of unwanted items at your local charity shop, as most should be accepting donations again.