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.

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 its furniture 'buy back' scheme, where to find ex-display or slightly damaged bargains, and how to get free missing parts.

McDonald's MoneySaving hacks

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

10 'cheapy' Nando's MoneySaving tips & hacks

If you've been craving a cheeky Nando's, you can make some peri nice savings whether you're happy enough to dine out, or you want to order to eat at home.

Meerkat trick: Spend £1ish to get 2for1 at cinemas AND restaurants for a year

Meerkat Movies gets you 2for1 at cinemas on Tuesdays or Wednesdays and at restaurants on Sundays to Thursdays (plus other discounts on takeaways etc) FOR A YEAR when you buy via comparison website Compare The Market.

And we’ve a trick to get it for £1ish...

Psssst! ‘SECRET’ Office & Schuh outlets flogging cheap, slightly blemished shoes. Plus an EXTRA 15% off code

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?

How kids can earn a Blue Peter badge to bag free entry to 200+ attractions

When you think about Blue Peter, whatever your age, its highly coveted pin badges probably spring to mind. You might assume they're hard to get hold of, but actually, with a bit of effort, kids can earn a badge fairly easily...

LAST OOOOORDERS! The deadlines for free and cheap delivery before Christmas are FAST approaching

If you’re shopping online for gifts, the deadline for ordering to get ’em in time for Christmas may be sooner than you think. Get it wrong and instead of presents under the tree, they could be held hostage at a courier firm’s out-of-town depot… To help avoid this, retailers now give their own final cut-off dates for orders you want...

How to get 50ish FREE Caffè Nero drinks a year by stacking TWO offers

Live or work near a Caffè Nero? Listen up… There’s a way you can get 50+ hot drinks on the house each year by combining separate offers (known as ‘stacking’). It’ll work on most coffees, hot chocolate and tea – it’s all about the free tea in my eyes – and could be a lifesaver on those days when a...

How to bag a FREE £17.50 lipstick and a face mask, and other skincare rewards for recycling

Most of us want to do our bit to help the planet, yet beauty products often come in packaging that isn't easily recycled. You might not know, however, that a few big brands will reward you with FREEBIES for returning your empty containers...