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.

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

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 5* UVA sun cream from £2.39, cheap electric fans and £1 BBQs.

12 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.

Save money and waste less making your own ice lollies

Children of the 80s will remember the highlight of summer was when the make-your-own ice lollies mould came out of storage. But they were bulky, hard to clean, and took ages to freeze, so - wanting to avoid plastic packaging - I've taken a look at more modern examples.

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

Meerkat Movies* gets you 2for1 at cinemas and now restaurants too FOR A YEAR when you buy via comparison website Compare The Market.

And we’ve a trick to get it for £2ish...

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.