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 to the big day – 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. 

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.