How to save £667.95 in 2022 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.

MSE Forum Retrospective 2021

It's that time when we pick through the remnants of the chocolate selection box and gaze back wistfully on another year in the MSE Forum. Reminisce with us over the funniest, wisest and most popular discussions of 2021.

Homemade Christmas decorations

Have yourself a merry homemade Christmas and take inspiration from the DIY exploits of MSE HQ and friends. By making their own wreaths, baubles, cards and other decorations using foraged or recycled materials, these MoneySavers cut down on a little of the waste and a lot of the expense of Christmastime. (And it's fun too.)

Wrapping presents sustainably - how to reuse or recycle paper and fabric to save money and help the environment

It might be the most wonderful time of the year, but it can also end up being the most wasteful, too. Wrapping paper is one of the most expensive single-use Christmas products, but what if I told you there are ways you can forego this expense this year, saving you money and helping the planet, too? I've been using the same wrapping paper for six years (since I moved house), and bows from about 1980 and I've shared my tips so you can do the same!

The competition winners whose prizes went above and beyond

With millions of visitors each year, the most active board of the MSE Forum is Competitions Time. Here, regulars and newbies alike post free-to-enter competitions, chat about tactics and share their wins. We stumbled on a particularly heart-warming example of the latter – and you can read their story, along with two more, below.

50(ish) ways to 'DIY it' according to the MSE Forum

Fall down the rabbit hole that is the MSE Forum and you'll re-emerge with more ingenious MoneySaving tricks than you'll know what to do with. Our latest trip rewarded us with 50(ish) clever ways to 'DIY' it – in other words, to make or do things you'd usually pay for. Often this approach takes a little more effort than buying the goods or services, but it can be a satisfying way to save the pennies.

20 free (or very cheap) ways to sprinkle some Christmas magic

If ever there was a time when we needed to spread some Christmas cheer, it's now. Many are feeling the pressure to spend in the run-up after a tough couple of years – and this is especially true for those with kids. But there are tons of ways to sprinkle a little Christmas magic for free (or very cheaply).

Is your email address costing you £100s/yr? Tips to help you ditch your broadband provider and keep your email address

Users often tell us they'd like to switch their broadband provider but don't as they worry about losing the email address connected to their account. But those who don't switch often overpay by £100s/year, so if the prospect of moving it, or losing it altogether fills you with dread, here's what you can do.

Free tool to help detect 'fake' Amazon and TripAdvisor reviews

Online reviews have changed the face of shopping and travel. Whether you're after headphones, an inflatable flamingo, or a honeymoon hotel, it's possible to instantly mine the online opinions of swathes of people. But can you trust everything you read?

Free or cheap half-term kids' activities

Many schools are off from the end of this week for half-term, and if things seem a little strange, it's not just because Halloween falls next week too. Even if you're not comfortable going out and about during half-term, there's still plenty of fun to be had at home for Halloween.