10 'cheapy' Nando's MoneySaving tips & hacks

10 'cheapy' Nando's MoneySaving tips & hacks

Including new free delivery trick this weekend, and ordering off a different section of the menu to save up to £6.75

If you've been missing a cheeky Nando's and you feel safe venturing out to eat, then this month you can make some peri nice savings, especially on Mondays to Wednesdays with the 'Eat Out to Help Out' 50% off scheme at 190+ Nando's restaurants.

We've tips on how to max the savings or cut the cost of your chicken 'n' chips fix on other days of the week. If you fancy Nando's at home, you can bag free delivery this weekend (see below). As always, please eat responsibly.

New. Free delivery trick – save £2-£3.50ish from 20-23 Aug ordering the right way

There are two ways you can order a Nando's delivery at the moment – online via the Nando's website, or via Deliveroo. Even if you order via the Nando's site, it links with Deliveroo's system so your experience, and (more importantly) prices will be the same regardless. However, there's a short-term delivery trick which means there's an advantage to ordering via the Nando's website.

Nando's is offering free delivery (usually £2-£3.50ish depending how far you live from the restaurant) and no service fee (norm 49p) on orders made through its website from 11am on Thu 20 Aug until 11.59pm on Sun 23 Aug.

You can only get this deal when ordering via the Nando's website – not Deliveroo – so unless you have a special Deliveroo code which beats the cost of delivery and the service fee, you're better off ordering via Nando's.

Save up to £6.75 ordering the exact same food on a different part of the menu

If there are two or more of you, it's cheaper to buy a sharing platter (or the same price in one case) than ordering individual meals.

For example, a family buying two whole chickens and five large sides (enough to feed four to six people) can save £6.75 ordering the 'Family Platter' instead or individual meals.

The table below shows how much you can save when ordering the same food from the sharing menu:

What you're ordering

Price bought as individual meals

Price bought as a sharing platter

Two whole chickens and five large sides £45 £38.25 for the 'Family Platter' - a £6.75 saving
Chicken butterfly, four chicken thighs, and two large sides £22.60 £20.20 for the 'Boneless Platter' - a £2.40 saving
Chicken butterfly, four chicken thighs, and four regular sides £20.30 (when buying a four boneless chicken thighs with two regular sides meal and a chicken butterfly with two regular sides meal) £20.20 for the 'Boneless Platter' - a 10p saving
Whole chicken and two large sides £20.40 £19 for the 'Full Platter' - a £1.40 saving
Whole chicken and four regular sides £19.60 (when buying two lots of ½ chicken with two regular sides meals) £19 for the 'Full Platter' - a 60p saving
10 chicken wings and two large sides £18 £15.50 for the 'Wing Platter' - a £2.50 saving
10 chicken wings and four regular sides £16.50 (when buying two lots of five chicken wings with two regular sides meals) £15.50 for the 'Wing Platter' - a £1 saving

We've compared the sharing platters to the cheapest way of ordering the same food as individual meals – for example, if you want a whole chicken and four regular sides, it's cheaper to buy two lots of ½ chicken with sides meals than a whole chicken and four sides separately – though ordering a sharing platter, as we've shown above, saves even more.

Eat in Mon-Wed in August for 12.5% VAT saving AND 50% off (up to £10 per person), eg, £9.50 full platter (was £21.70)

From 15 July, the Government cut VAT from 20% to 5% for the hospitality sector, including restaurants, until January 2021. It's totally up to each restaurant whether they pass on the VAT saving to customers or not – see our table of 21 big chains to see who is and isn't.

Nando's is one chain who is passing on the full VAT saving (or very close to), which works out at 12.5%, and this has automatically been deducted from its previous menu pricing, eg, a full platter is now £19 (was £21.70). Technically, a 12.5% reduction would be £18.99, so it has rounded-up prices in some cases.

That's a nice saving you'll get any day of the week till next year, but if you eat in on Mon-Wed in August, you'll also get 50% off (up to £10 per person, and excluding alcohol) – see all 190ish participating restaurants.

The 'Eat Out to Help Out' discount will be automatically applied to your bill, and that combined with the VAT saving gives you a 56% overall saving, as long you haven't gone over the maximum £10 per person discount threshold.

Meal Price before VAT cut Price with VAT saving applied Price after EOTHO Mon-Wed in Aug
Full Platter £21.70 £19 £9.50
Wing Platter £17.70 £15.50 £7.75
Whole chicken £13.70 £12 £6
Half chicken & two sides £11.20 £9.80 £4.90
Five chicken wings £5.95 £5.20 £2.60

Nando's doesn't generally do standard vouchers, eg, 25% off or 50% off meals, so it's fair to say this is the cheapest you'll have been able to get most Nando's meals.

Got a Nando's Card? Here's when you can and can't use your card right now

Any Nando's regular will know its free Nando's Card is a no-brainer.

You get a 'chilli' (basically a rewards point) when you spend £7 or more, and after you earn enough chillies, you can claim a reward such as a free ¼ chicken (norm £3.70) when you earn three chillies, or a free whole chicken (norm £12) when you earn 10 chillies.

Here are our Nando's Card lockdown need-to-knows...

You can only redeem rewards for 'free' food when eating in

Currently, you can only redeem rewards when eating in at a restaurant. However, you can still collect chillies online, but only when you order via a certain way (see below).

You can use your Nando's Card to earn chillies when ordering online, but only through the Nando's website – not Deliveroo

If you want to earn chillies on your card, you'll need to register it online at Nando's and make your collection or delivery order via the Nando's website. If you go directly to the Deliveroo website (Nando's exclusive delivery partner) to order your meal, your card won't be linked and you won't earn a chilli.

Two of you ordering fries? Get MORE for 40p less

If two of you want fries you may just automatically think to order two separate regular portions for £2.30 each (£4.60 in total). However, you should order a large fries for £4.20 instead and split it between you. Not only do you save 40p but you actually get more fries.

Two regular portions on the left, and one large portion on the right

You can tell the difference when looking at the portions side-by-side (see above) but of course, we wanted to prove this 'scientifically' – so MSE Laura weighed the portions. When she tested it, two regular portions of fries weighed 332g, while the cheaper large portion of fries weighed 341g – and gave us about 15 extra fries.

Order chicken butterfly? Get more meat for 50p less (if you don't mind bones)

If chicken butterfly is your go-to at Nando's, it's worth knowing you can get more chicken for 50p less by ordering something else entirely. If you don’t mind your chicken on the bone, the ½ chicken is £6.75, compared to £7.25 for the butterfly.

The 1/2 chicken is on the left, with the chicken butterfly on the right

When side-by-side, it looked like the ½ chicken was meatier than the butterfly, but of course as the ½ chicken is on the bone, it was hard to tell for sure – so in true MSE style, we stripped the ½ chicken off the bone and weighed them both. As you can see below, we got 84g more meat on the cheaper ½ chicken.

Make your own PERInaise and save 55p

If you want Nando's PERInaise with your collection or delivery, it'll cost you 55p to add it as an extra to your meal – but if you're already ordering one of the 125g sauces (or have some at home), and assuming you already have mayonnaise, then you can just whip up some PERInaise at home by mixing a bit of each. It may not be the exact same taste, but it's a cheaper alternative.

We tested it out, and although it wasn't exactly the same taste, we still enjoyed it

Avoid the sugar tax

Fizzy drinks that are higher in sugar are more expensive because of the sugar tax introduced in 2018. This means original Coca-Cola will cost you 10p more than Coke Zero, Diet Coke, Fanta, and Sprite Zero when ordering at Nando's. Opt for any of those drinks instead if you want to avoid the extra levy.

Get a 'free' ½ chicken with £1ish crisps spend

If you buy a promotional pack of Walkers 'Taste Icons' Nando's peri-peri chicken flavour crisps, you'll get a voucher for a free ½ chicken when you spend £7 or more when dining in, or on takeaway (but not delivery), at Nando's.

You'll be able to use the voucher on Sunday to Thursday until 3 December 2020. The end date printed on some packs is 10 September 2020 but Walkers has confirmed that due the coronavirus pandemic, it's extended the validity to December.

You can pick up the packs of crisps for £1ish and as a ½ chicken at Nando's normally costs £6.75, you can make a decent saving. Unfortunately, Nando's says you won't be able to combine this voucher with 'Eat Out to Help Out' on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays in August.

If you don't want a 'free' ½ chicken, you can swap it for a choice of either a mushroom & halloumi burger, supergreen burger, sweet potato & butternut burger, or a beanie burger.

  • If you've got your pack of Walkers Taste Icons Nando's peri-peri chicken, visit Walkers online. You'll need to enter your name and email address, and then a 10-digit code beginning with NA that you'll find in the best before box on the pack by Thusday 3 December.

    Take your voucher to a Nando's restaurant that's open for dine in and you can get a ½ chicken when you spend £7 or more, Sunday to Thursday.

Have a go at making Nando’s at home

It’s not strictly a real Nando’s, but you can save a whole lot on your meal by having a go at making it yourself. You can pick up Nando’s branded cooking marinades, peri-peri salt, spice rubs and more at the major supermarkets to make yourself a Nando’s at home.

Of course, you can save even more money by making your own version totally from scratch, but you may want to use Nando's products to get as close to the real thing as possible.

For example you can recreate a Nando's whole chicken (£12 for the real thing) by getting a supermarket whole chicken (£3ish) and two packs of Nando's 25g peri-peri rub (95p each) – meaning you can make a DIY Nando's whole chicken for £4.90ish, a £7+ saving.

To recreate a butterfly chicken meal for two (£20.60 for the real thing), you could pick up a Nando's bag and bake (£1.35), two packs of two chicken breasts (£3.50ish), some peri-peri rice (£1.60ish), and two corn on the cob (£1.30ish) – meaning you can make a DIY Nando's butterfly chicken meal for two with sides for £7.75ish, almost a £13 saving.

We asked MoneySavers who'd given DIY Nando's a go to send us their homemade creations, so take a look below for some inspiration...

Here's MoneySaver Scott's attempt. Are you sure that's a chicken Scott? It's a whopper!
MoneySaver Alex got his grill going. They certainly look like they'd taste good

You can see a bumper list of recipes on the Nando's website to make it all yourself from home.

Will you be ordering a Nando's collection or delivery? Do you have any tips or hacks of your own? Have your tried a DIY Nando's at home? Let us know in the comments below or on Twitter @MSE_Deals.