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.

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…

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.

WARNING. 20+ coronavirus scams to watch out for and how to protect yourself

The coronavirus pandemic has often brought out the very best in people and society – but upsettingly, it's also brought criminals and lowlifes out of the shadows to prey on our pockets. Action Fraud has reported that £4.6 million has been lost to coronavirus-related scams since lockdown started.

How to access groceries if you're vulnerable and 'shielding' due to coronavirus

Over a million people classed as 'extremely vulnerable' (or 'very high risk') have been asked to stay at home until at least the end of June 2020, to protect themselves from the current coronavirus pandemic. And there are many more who fall into a 'high-risk' category. Along with health concerns, this has caused many to worry about accessing basic supplies, particularly with the high demand for supermarket delivery slots. 

Free or cheap Easter kids' activities at home

With all that's been going on, you could be forgiven for forgetting Easter is this Sunday (12 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.

Average energy use has fallen – but don't mistake it for a price cut

In the coming weeks the eagle-eyed among you may notice that the price we give for energy tariffs across MSE and in our weekly email will look a little lower than the deals we've been talking about recently. Unfortunately, this isn't due to suppliers cutting prices – it's all down to how regulator Ofgem says we should compare deals.