Free or cheap Easter kids' activities

Easter is this Sunday (17 April), so we've rounded up some egg-citing free or cheap activities you can do with the kids, from baking and watching movies to taking a virtual trip to the farm and getting crafty.

How to earn £50-£200 in a couple of hours via market research focus groups – including the top 17 agencies to join

If you're willing to give your views on anything from fantasy football to chocolate spread or luxury cars, you could walk away with £50-£200 from taking part in a market research focus group.

Plus the majority of projects have stayed on online since the pandemic, so you can usually take part wherever you live in the UK. We've rounded up the top agencies to join, based on which are the best payers and have the most projects available.  

16 free or cheap kids' book tricks

To mark this year's World Book Day on Thursday 3 March, we've rounded up 16 free and cheap ways to turn your little ones into bookworms. 

Wrapping presents sustainably - how to reuse or recycle paper and fabric to save money and help the environment

It might be the most wonderful time of the year, but it can also end up being the most wasteful, too. Wrapping paper is one of the most expensive single-use Christmas products, but what if I told you there are ways you can forego this expense this year, saving you money and helping the planet, too? I've been using the same wrapping paper for six years (since I moved house), and bows from about 1980 and I've shared my tips so you can do the same!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 2020, 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.