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.

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.

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.

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.