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...

Fancy a £500 windfall just for checking your insurance at renewal?

Every week it’s the same old, same old. First, a reader expresses shock (and even disgust) at the size of their insurance renewal quote. It sparks an angry phone call to an indifferent insurer which in turn triggers an urgent visit to a price comparison site. Big savings then emerge (£100s and even £1,000s) – often with...

Pint rights: How to make sure you get the pint you paid for

Summer's upon us, and for me there are few better ways to enjoy the sunshine than by supping an ice-cold pint while kicking back in a pub beer garden.

Gutted there's no Glastonbury? You can still experience it for FREE via TV and streaming

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, there'll be no Glastonbury this year. While the UK's biggest music festival periodically takes a break to allow the land it takes place on to recover, this year is the first time it's been cancelled since 2001 – and on its 50th anniversary too. Bummer.

Buying Tesco Free From products? Time it right and Tesco will donate 10p per item bought to the Natasha Allergy Research Foundation

In 2016, Natasha Ednan-Laperouse tragically died from a severe allergic reaction after eating inadequately labelled food. It's the worst-case scenario any person with allergies could face, and a parent's worst nightmare. Natasha's parents set up a charity, Natasha Allergy Research Foundation (NARF), to help fund allergy research, and to bring positive change for people with food allergies.

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 they should soon be accepting donations again.

12 cheap or free kids' book tricks

With libraries not set to reopen until July at the earliest and many families still homeschooling, we've 12 free and cheap ways you can turn your little ones into bookworms even during lockdown. 

Coronavirus insight: Thousands tell MSE how the pandemic has impacted their personal finances

Since the beginning of the UK lockdown in March, thousands of MoneySavingExpert.com user comments have been read, digested and passed on to officials by our Campaigns team, as scores of people laid out the kind of money worries they are facing as a direct result of the coronavirus pandemic.

Cheap and easy swaps for hard-to-find baking ingredients such as flour, eggs, milk & more

The past several weeks have seen grocery shortages in many shops most won't ever have seen, unless they're old enough to remember rationing like my dad (hi Dad!). With most of us at home, baking is a popular way to pass the time, but with many struggling to pick up their usual key ingredients such as flour and eggs, there's been renewed interest in wartime recipes, as well as vegan baking.