Beauty Downshift Challenge – Is it worth ditching brands for cheaper ‘dupes’? Eg, £20 Benefit bronzer vs £6 Aldi look-alike

At MSE, we’ve challenged you to ‘downshift’ your grocery shop for years (read the Downshifting Guide for more info), but increasingly, you can also save money on make-up and beauty products by downshifting from brands to much cheaper ‘dupes’…

In case you’re wondering, a ‘dupe’ (duplicate) is a look-and-smell-alike product – where often even the packaging is designed to look like an expensive designer brand – and many of them are widely praised by beauty bloggers and MSE Forumites for being just as good, if not better than, their pricier counterparts.

12 Nando's hacks, eg, £5 off a meal for two and DIY burger

In recent years, Nando's has become one of the nation's favourite restaurants - but as Nando's discounts tend to be quite rare, cutting the cost of your chicken 'n' chips fix isn't easy. So hopefully these tricks can help you save a few quid.

Alternative turkey tips - Cheapest non-meat vegan and veggie options this Christmas

If, like me, you believe the joy of the holiday season should be for everyone - animals included - you might be leaving them off your plate this year. Or maybe you're cooking for someone else, and you have no idea what to get? Fear not, I've rounded up some of my favourites along with tips to get discounts that'll leave you feeling jolly.

LAST OOOOORDERS! Don’t be caught out. 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...

Beauty advent calendars out now

Beauty advent calendars, though significantly pricier than their chocolate alternative, have in recent years proved increasingly popular. We'll soon be opening them, so here's a round up some of the best we’ve seen.

Holidays are coming… How to pick up a free can of Coke and see the Coca-Cola truck this Christmas

You know the build-up to Christmas has begun when you see the festive Coca-Cola advert. And this year, like many before, the Coca-Cola truck from that famous advert is going on tour around the country giving out free Coke and festive cheer.

Black Friday DEALS vs DUDS – How to spot ‘em

It’s almost that time of year again, where retailers battle to shout the loudest about Black Friday, and while there are usually good deals to be had, there are always a few ‘duds’ mixed among them just waiting to catch us out.

£10 off £40 spend at Lidl this weekend

This Fri 16 Nov, pick up a free Metro newspaper (in London only, see update above) and you'll find a coupon for £10 off a £40 spend. It’s valid at any Lidl supermarket nationwide (excluding Northern Ireland) from Fri 16 Nov until Thu 22 Nov. This is one of the strongest discounts we've seen at Lidl this year, with most offers being £5 off £40 spends. Metro newspapers are mostly found in train/bus stations in the mornings.

20+ McDonald’s hacks, eg, £2.20 off ‘McChicken Sandwich’, £1.70 off DIY ‘Big Mac’

There are hundreds of McDonald’s hacks articles online – usually all about merging multiple menu items to form ghastly new creations that’d make a MoneySaver's eyes water long before their mouth does. So I decided to think up a few of my own…

New Meerkat trick: Spend £1ish to get 2for1 at 1,000s of restaurants AND 2for1 cinema tickets for a year

The newly-launched Meerkat Meals* gets you 2for1 restaurant meals for a year when you buy a qualifying product via Compare The Market. What's more, you'll also get the popular Meerkat Movies* deal, giving you 2for1 cinema tickets on Tuesdays or Wednesdays for a year – and we’ve a trick to get all of this for £1ish…