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.

Stream live music for free: Virtual gigs & classic shows from Elton John, Little Mix, Oasis & more

While lockdown is easing, sadly most live music events will be cancelled until at least Saturday 15 August, and with strict measures needed to reopen safely, even then many venues may not be able to for some time. But thanks to the wonders of technology, the music needn't stop...

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 keep fit for free via YouTube, Instagram, apps etc

While many gyms and pools have now reopened (in England and Northern Ireland), there are loads of free apps, online tools and resources that can help you keep fit at home. Handy if you're not ready to return to fitness centres yet – or if you just want to save £100s on a membership you won't use.

Charity shop bargain-hunting tricks

There's been a surge in 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.

DIY haircut tips – dos and don'ts from the MSE team and MoneySavers who have tried cutting their own hair

While salons and barbers have reopened now, not everyone feels comfortable going out, or appointments may be hard to get. If you need a haircut you might be tempted to take matters, and the scissors or clippers, into your own less-than-qualified hands…

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... 

21 FREE (or very cheap) ways to create a magical summer for kids

It's been far from a normal school year for most, 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.

Is it cheaper to rent – rather than buy – your kids' bikes?

There's nothing like watching your child take their wobbly first bike ride – the only issue is as soon as you buy your wannabe Laura Kenny one bike, they seem to outgrow it and need another. One solution to this, The Bike Club, lets you rent decent cycles from £5/month (plus joining and other fees), then swap them once they're too small. It's a nice idea, but can it really beat buying? We've crunched the numbers...