10 takeaway and delivery food tips

Where there's a will, there's a takeaway, and right now, staying in is the new going out. Of course, the cheapest way to eat is to cook it (I hear you 'fake-away' fans), but sometimes we just want a treat. If that's you, sink your teeth into this round-up of top takeaway and delivery tips. 

McDonald's MoneySaving hacks

Many McDonald's restaurants are now back open for takeaway and delivery so we've updated our guide with current ways you can save – though I must stress, please eat responsibly.

Amazon Warehouse – get returned items or mildly damaged products for knock-down prices

Ever wonder where your purchased goods go when you return them? It may be news to you that Amazon has its own little Aladdin's cave, full of preowned, used or open box products, all for a discounted price. MoneySavers rave about it, but can one customer's return really be someone else's treasure?

Amazon deals (for some): £7 credit, plus £5 off £20, 'free' £6 etc

Every now and then we see Amazon offering 'free' credit – either by trying out one of its services, such as Amazon Music or Prime Reading, or purchasing its gift cards. This month, we've spotted a few easy ways some Amazon customers can bag credit – we've rounded them up here so you can quickly check if you're eligible.

Beauty Downshift Challenge – Is it worth ditching big 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.

Beauty Pie – can you ditch the high-end products for cut-price alternatives?

Premium brands such as Mac, Charlotte Tilbury, Estée Lauder, etc are popular among beauty fans, but often come at a price. Beauty Pie is a luxury beauty ‘buyer's club’ that claims to keep quality high and costs low by selling products straight from the lab. But can having a slice of the pie, slice the price on your premium makeup & skincare buying habits?

Psssst! ‘SECRET’ Office & Schuh outlets flogging cheap, slightly blemished shoes - eg, £12 kids' Converse (norm £37)

Nothing beats the feeling of a new pair of shoes, but how quickly this can turn into heartache if they get scuffed the first time you wear them. So why not save yourself the misery (and some dosh) with a pair that isn't quite immaculate in the first place?

NHS and care worker staff freebies & discounts

While everyone's doing their bit during this latest lockdown, it's our NHS staff, emergency services, and healthcare workers who are on the front line dealing with the spread of coronavirus – so I'm once again 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).

NOW ENDED: Trick to get £116 of No7 beauty for £30 online by cleverly stacking deals at Boots

MSE Update, Wed 17 Feb at 11.22am: This trick has been very popular and a key element of it – the 'Shimmer All Night' set – has now sold out, which sadly means it's no longer possible to get £116 of No7 for £30. You can now get £40 of No7 beauty for £12 online, plus delivery – it's not as strong a deal, but still decent, and is significantly cheaper.

We've left the original trick below for reference as you may still want to use some of the other offers...

Here's a trick to bag a huge £116 of No7 beauty products for just £30 by stacking deals and a 'free gift' offer – you'll only be able to do this full trick online but it is possible to still get £28 of No7 for £12 in-store. Boots says it has decent stock, but these deals are incredibly popular with MoneySavers and usually go quickly, so don't hang about if you want to do this.

18 FREE ways to relax, feel good & look after yourself during lockdown (and beyond)

There's no doubt about it  these are trying times. As we're all having to adapt, you may find it a struggle to keep on top of your wellbeing, so I'd like to share a few perks that I've discovered. I’m not a doctor or a guru (although you could vouch I'm a MoneySaving guru), just a lady who learnt to appreciate life's simple pleasures, which we can easily forget. Here are some of the ways I look after me for free...