Make face masks, face wipes, draught excluders and more with spare fabric

Face coverings are now mandatory on public transport in England, and with many people opting to wear them while shopping or when out walking, sewing your own could save you money. I'm going to show you how to do it, plus I've got other ideas of what you can make with leftover fabric scraps instead of binning them. These will save you money, and get you crafting a new skill – and sew it begins...

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…

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.

How ‘random acts of kindness’ can earn you FREEBIES at Lush, Pret A Manger & more

Did you know there are three important things in life? The first is to be kind. The second, to be kind and the third? You guessed it – be kind. I may have butchered that quote from Henry James, but I think we can all agree – we should always strive to be kind, and not just on Random Acts of Kindness Day (17 February).

The MoneySavingIdiot did an accidental direct debit audit – and got £300 back from his gym

Working at MoneySavingExpert.com, obviously the purpose of my job is to help people save money. Unfortunately, I've always been bobbins at saving money for myself. But in an effort to change that, I've been trying out some of MSE's tips and tricks. Previously, I've covered the likes of train delaysoverseas travelcredit scoresfinding lost cash and depositing coins. Today: doing a direct debit audit (sort of).

The MoneySavingIdiot reclaims £80 – by going through old emails

Right, some of you know the drill by now, but if you don't, here it is. While working at MoneySavingExpert means I help others save money, when it comes to my own cash, I'm usually in a muddle. But now I'm looking to unmuddle myself and, in the process, motivate fellow MoneySavingIdiots. Previously, I've covered train delaysoverseas travel and credit scores. This week: reclaiming cash (kind of).

The MoneySavingIdiot cashed in his coin jars – guess how much he bagged

While I help people save money as part of my job at MoneySavingExpert.com, I've never been much cop at doing the same for myself. So I'm writing about my efforts to improve in an attempt to motivate others who are far from experts when it comes to MoneySaving. Previously, I've covered train delaysoverseas travelcredit scoresfinding lost cash and switching bank. Today: depositing coins.

My MoneySaving zero waste morning routine

This week, from Monday 2 to Friday 6 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.

The MoneySavingIdiot switches bank after 20 years – here are five things he learned

It's been a while, but I'm back with more tales of mending my MoneyWasting ways. If you're new to MoneySavingIdiot, here's how it works – as a writer at MoneySavingExpert I help people save money, yet I suck at practising what we preach. So I'm sharing my attempts to change that in the hope of encouraging other non-natural MoneySavers. Previously, I've tackled train delaysoverseas travelcredit scores and reclaiming cash from old emails. This week: switching bank.

The MoneySavingIdiot tackles travel: 'I basically felt like a cross between Martin Lewis and Michael Palin'

If you missed my debut MoneySavingIdiot blog from last month (on claiming for a train delay), first of all – how dare you. Secondly, the basic premise is that while I help people save money every day by writing for MSE, I'm not always so clever when it comes to my own cash, so I'm sharing my quest to be better with it in the hope of inspiring other non-natural MoneySavers. This week: travel tips.