10+ FREE ways to learn something new at home

Lockdown may be easing, but many of us are likely still staying home a lot more than usual. We've heard from MoneySavers looking to use this time as an opportunity to develop new skills or broaden their knowledge  so we've rounded-up some free ways to learn something new at home.

Costa, KFC, McDonald's, Nando's & more up to 12.5% off – who is and isn't passing on the recent VAT cut

On 15 Jul, the Government cut VAT to 5% for the hospitality sector including restaurants, cafes and pubs till 12 Jan 2021. This has led to many big chains such as KFC, McDonald's, Costa, and Nando's slashing prices – so we've canvassed 21 big eateries, coffee shops and pubs to see where you'll save, and if so, by how much.

Beauty Downshift Challenge – Is it worth ditching brands for cheaper ‘dupes’ to save up to 90%?

At MSE, we’ve challenged you to ‘downshift’ your grocery shop for years (check our Downshifting Guide), but you can also save on make-up and beauty products by downshifting from brands to much cheaper ‘dupes’ – lookalike products, where often even the packaging is similar to the expensive brand.

McDonald's MoneySaving hacks

While many were already open for takeaway and delivery only, McDonald's has now reopened 700 (about half) of its restaurants for dining in. It won't be quite the experience we were used to pre-lockdown, so we've updated our guide, outlining the changes plus ways you can save.

Free £50 Headspace meditation app subscription for furloughed, unemployed, or self-employed workers with no work

Being without work, or furloughed can be stressful enough, and when you add on the stress of a world-wide pandemic, you might be feeling overwhelmed. Meditation might help you, and what better way to try it than for free?

£130 of No7 beauty & skincare for £32

This is one of the popular No7 sets that MoneySavers wait for – the No7 'Beauty Vault' box contains £130 of No7 beauty and skincare products for £32 – see the full contents below.

Ikea MoneySaving tips & hacks

If you’ve shopped at Ikea, you’ll know how easily costs can add up when you pop in for a specific item and leave hours later with a car full of cacti and scented candles. So here are our tips to make your Ikea visits more efficient – and cheaper – including what's in its 'up to 50% off sale', how to ‘try before you buy’, and how to get free missing parts.

ALL GONE: 33-piece cruelty-free make-up bundle for £34 delivered (£200ish bought separately) – incl beauty dupes for Urban Decay, Tarte, Ciaté & more

Last month, we featured a deal that saved you over 70% by switching from big make-up brands to Lottie London, and it was very popular, selling out in just a few hours. As some MoneySavers missed out, we've Blagged a deal on another set. Read on especially if you're a fan of Urban Decay Naked Heat eyeshadow palette, Tarte blusher, Anastasia Beverly Hills eye pencils or Ciaté lip colours...

NHS and care worker staff freebies & discounts

While everyone in the country's doing their bit, it's our NHS staff, emergency services, and healthcare workers who are on the front line dealing with the spread of Covid-19 coronavirus – so I'm constantly updating this list of big chains that are now offering freebies and discounts to help NHS staff and care workers (and there are a few that emergency services personnel can get, too).

Summer Sizzlers including £1 disposable BBQs, £2ish sun cream & cheap fans

With the sun shining across most of the UK and summer around the corner, we've rounded up the hottest summer and outdoor offers. Scorching deals include £1 BBQs, 5* UVA sun cream from £2.39, and cheap electric fans.