Paid-for things they've made FREE – audiobooks, box sets, fitness classes, wellbeing apps and more

To help the millions of people stuck at home, one of the uplifting aspects of the current crisis is a number of companies have made stuff free that you normally pay for, for kids and grown-ups. Here's a round-up of some of the best we've seen, starting with a couple of new ones we've added:

Where to find a virtual pub quiz while you're stuck at home – there's one for every night of the week

Pubs might have closed across the UK, but if you're missing the quiz night at your local, there's a way you can get your pub trivia fix at home. 'Virtual' pub quizzes have started popping up online, and thousands are joining in – it's thought over 300,000 took part in one quiz, organised by a former pub landlord in Lancashire. Here's how to find one and keep your brain exercised during the evenings ahead.

20+ free (or very cheap) ways to bring kids joy indoors

With nurseries and schools shut across the country, millions 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.

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

As we don't know how long the UK's lockdown will last, if you need a haircut you might be tempted to take matters, and the scissors or clippers, into your own less-than-qualified hands…

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.

14 Audible MoneySaving tricks, including free audiobooks and three months' membership for £12

Audible has made the world of audiobooks accessible – yet buying one-off titles can be costly, sometimes £30+. If you're devouring several a month while spending time at home during the current lockdown, the cost can soon stack up.

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. 

How to keep fit for free while staying at home via YouTube, Instagram Live, apps & more

The coronavirus pandemic has led to the closure of gyms across the country, but that doesn't mean we can't stay fit. There are loads of free apps, online tools and resources that can help you to exercise and look after your health and wellbeing at home – particularly helpful if you're self-isolating.

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... 

11 novel MoneySaving tricks to get must-read Kindle books for FREE (or just 99p)

Amazon is heaving with Kindle books that are permanently free or 99p. Yet these cheap titles may not always match your virtual to-read pile. In fact, you often have to wade through a lot of very average books to find the good ones. And if you pay full-price for Kindle books and are devouring several a month while stuck indoors, the cost can soon stack up.