Free or cheap half-term kids' activities

Many schools are off this week or next 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 experiencing half-term with the little ones in local lockdown, there's still plenty of fun to be had.

'I ran up £1,000s in debt while suffering from depression... now I'm digging myself out of it'

I usually write blogs as the 'MoneySavingIdiot', chronicling my attempts to practise what we preach at MSE (the last one was on switching bank accounts). But as this is a more personal blog, written ahead of World Mental Health Day, I thought it would be better coming from MSE Kelvin. So, here's my tale of my own mental health struggles and how I've battled credit card debt...

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.

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.

My MoneySaving zero waste morning routine

This week, from Monday 7 to Friday 11 September it's Zero Waste Week. Previously, we've brought you 13 ways to use less plastic and save cash, so at MSE we're always thinking about whether we could in fact save money as well as the planet. First thing on Monday, I tried a completely zero-waste morning, and this is what I came up with.

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.

I fostered cats for a few months... here's how you can care for dogs, rabbits etc too (all for free)

As a cat lover living in a sixth-floor flat in London, getting a cat full-time never seemed fair – especially as I like to travel occasionally. I thought I was doomed to live a miserable, cat-less existence... until I started researching dog fostering for our MoneySaving for dog owners guide, and discovered the RSPCA needed cat fosterers too.

42 MoneySaving household hacks to avoid waste

From cutting open toothpaste to get the last drop out, to saving wrapping paper from opened gifts... many of us have certain quirky things we do as MoneySavers. We might not always admit to them, but however small (or strange), they all add up to save cash – and help the environment by reducing waste. So we've delved deep into the MSE Forum to come up with a whole host of MoneySaving household hacks... 

UK bargain-break tips, including hotels from £25/night and cheap holiday-cottage deals

Summer's here, homeschool's nearly out and after the 2020 we've had so far many are understandably ready for a break.

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 in England and Scotland, 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.