'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...

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.

Free or cheap Easter kids' activities at home

With all that's going on, you could be forgiven for forgetting Easter is this Sunday (4 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 max your rewards points following the Avios and Nectar tie-up

Last month, having ditched its tie-up with Tesco's Clubcard Scheme, Avios announced it was partnering with the Nectar scheme instead. Along with this came a new innovation — you can trade points both ways. So you can both swap Nectar points for Avios and Avios points for Nectar. This blog looks at how the new tie-up works, and how to max your Nectar points.

21 free (or very cheap) ways to sprinkle joy for kids over half term

Many families will take a break from homeschooling next week – just listen closely to the collective cheering of the nation's kids (and parents). If you're running out of steam to keep them entertained for less over the February half term, we've come up with some tips to help bring young children joy for little or no money.

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

Salons and barbers are once again temporarily closed across the UK due to lockdown restrictions. 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 – so this blog is here to offer some dos and don'ts from the MSE team and fellow MoneySavers who've tried it, plus a few video tutorials from the pros.

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 save £667.95 in 2021 with the 1p Savings Challenge

The New Year's often a time many resolve to start regularly setting some cash aside – but it's not always easy to find a savings method that works for you.

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.