32 free big-name games for iPhone or Android

I wrote this round-up in March last year, at the start of the first national lockdown. But with each part of the UK now back in some form of lockdown, and many of us struggling to keep ourselves entertained, it feels like a good time to remind you of some of the best free games you can download for an iOS or an Android device.

How to keep fit for free via YouTube, Instagram, apps etc

With gyms temporarily closed again across the UK, and many of us staying inside a lot more, exercise regimes may slip. But there are loads of free apps, online tools and resources that can help you keep fit at home. Handy if you're not able (or ready) to return to fitness centres – or if you just want to save £100s on a membership you won't use.

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 five years, and bows from about 1980 and I've shared my tips so you can do the same!

How to slash the cost of sending gifts overseas – is it cheaper to send directly from retailers?

As getting together with overseas relatives looks unlikely this year sadly, many will be posting treats instead. Whether you want to send make-up to Melbourne, a wetsuit to Warsaw or a toy T-Rex to Texas, the obvious answer's to scurry to the post office – but the cost can add up, especially for heavier parcels.

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...

11 ways to boost eBay's 'Sell for £1 max' promos

There are four little words every eBayer wants to land in their inbox: 'Sell for £1 max'. The e-commerce giant can be a seller's paradise, but it typically takes 10% of the final price, including postage – yet the coveted 'Sell for £1 max' promo can slash what you pay. 

Tesco extends 'Clubcard Prices' – but are they any good?

With a second lockdown already in progress in Wales, and coming in England, many people who may have gone back to shopping in stores are likely to shop online again. With Tesco having the largest share of the online shopping market, we're taking a look at its flagship offer – 'Clubcard Prices' – and asking... are they any good?

Make face masks, face wipes, draught excluders and more with spare fabric

Face coverings are now mandatory on public transport in the UK, as well as in shops, so sewing your own could save you money. I'm going to show you two ways to make masks, or alternatively where to buy the cheapest ready-made versions.

10 things we learned about buying our first homes during the coronavirus pandemic

At MSE we know how daunting buying your first home can be, and the already big hurdles that come with homebuying have only been raised higher by the disruption caused by coronavirus and the resultant lockdown.

Turning 18? How to find your Child Trust Fund (and what to do with the cash)

Turning 18 after 1 September 2020? There could be a hidden stash of cash waiting for you in a dormant account, known as a Child Trust Fund. Here's everything teens (and their parents) need to know, including how to find lost CTFs, how much they could be worth and how to make the most of the cash.