Homemade Christmas decorations

Have yourself a merry homemade Christmas and take inspiration from the DIY exploits of MSE HQ. By making their own wreaths, baubles, cards and other decorations using foraged or recycled materials, these MoneySavers cut down on a little of the waste and a lot of the expense of Christmastime. (And it's fun too.)

54 ways to ‘DIY it’ according to the MSE Forum

Fall down the rabbit hole that is the MSE Forum and you’ll re-emerge with more ingenious MoneySaving tricks than you’ll know what to do with. Our latest trip rewarded us with 54 clever ways to ‘DIY’ it – in other words, to make or do things you’d usually pay for. Often this approach takes a little more effort than buying the goods or services, but it can be a satisfying way to save the pennies.

How to save £667.95 in 2021 with the 1p Savings Challenge

The New Year's often a time many resolve to start regularly setting some cash aside – but it's not always easy to find a savings method that works for you.

20 free (or very cheap) ways to sprinkle some Christmas magic

If ever there was a time when we needed to spread some Christmas cheer, it's now. Many are feeling the pressure to spend in the run-up after a tough couple of years – and this is especially true for those with kids. But there are tons of ways to sprinkle a little Christmas magic for free (or very cheaply).

Is your email address costing you £100s/yr? Tips to help you ditch your broadband provider and keep your email address

Users often tell us they'd like to switch their broadband provider but don't as they worry about losing the email address connected to their account. But those who don't switch often overpay by £100s/year, so if the prospect of moving it, or losing it altogether fills you with dread, here's what you can do.

Free tool to help detect 'fake' Amazon and TripAdvisor reviews

Online reviews have changed the face of shopping and travel. Whether you're after headphones, an inflatable flamingo, or a honeymoon hotel, it's possible to instantly mine the online opinions of swathes of people. But can you trust everything you read?

Free or cheap half-term kids' activities

Many schools are off from the end of this week for half-term, and if things seem a little strange, it's not just because Halloween falls next week too. Even if you're not comfortable going out and about during half-term, there's still plenty of fun to be had at home for Halloween.

How long does it take to switch bank accounts really? The MoneySavingIdiot times it...

Switching bank – Martin's been telling you to do it since the heady days of 2003 when Spirit in the Sky by Gareth Gates and The Kumars reached number one and national newspapers regularly reported when David Beckham changed his hair. Yet our most-recent poll of MoneySavers found one in three have NEVER switched their main bank account. Outrageous.

Charity shop bargain-hunting tricks

There's been a bumper crop of donations to charity shops this summer, 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.

15 free or cheap kids' book tricks

With the summer holidays stretching out ahead of us, we've rounded up 15 free and cheap ways to turn your little ones into bookworms.