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Holidaymakers can make massive savings on cruises operated by the UK's largest tour operator to celebrate setting sail again because of the Covid pandemic. TUI is welcoming passengers to Marella Cruises after an 18 month pause in operations and it has announced a limited-time extra GBP300 saving per booking. Across the month of September, cruisers can make a substantial saving on holidays departing between September 1, 2021, to December 31, 2022, using the code CRUISE300 on their booking.

From short haul favourites such as Palma and Tenerife to far flung destinations like Jamaica and Cuba, TUI cruisers can soon get back to sailing around the world and enjoying various ports of call. The GBP300 saving code is also available for those wanting to explore Europe's best waterways with TUI River Cruises. Using TUIRIVER300 river cruisers can save GBP300 per booking on sailings departing from October 1, 2021, to October 31, 2022.

To ensure the safety of both customers and crew, vaccination and testing requirements will be in place. Anyone aged 18-years and older will be required to have had both Covid-19 jabs at least 14 days before travelling. For Marella Cruises, all under 18-year-olds - excluding infants who will not be able to sail because they are exempt from testing - will be asked to take a lateral flow test.

All guests will need to check-in for their cruise and complete their cruise health declaration online pre-departure to release their cruise boarding pass.

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The UK is cheap – you should invest some of your money there

UK stocks are being snapped up left, right and centre by bidders right now. Why the popularity? Because as we've been saying for a while, they're cheap.

Particularly if you compare them to what else is out there. So it's probably a good idea to go and get yourself some while stocks last...

Why global fund managers have been shunning the UK

We've been saying for quite some time that UK shares are unreasonably cheap relative to other markets. That started largely because the Brexit vote in 2016 scared lots of investors into thinking Britain was "un-investable".

In turn, that made global fund managers in particular reason that Britain wasn't worth the bother. In a global fund manager context, that actually makes sense - Britain is a significant stock market but in terms of global market capitalisation, it only accounts for something in the region of about 5% or so, which means you can ignore or "underweight" it without really risking straying too far from your benchmark. So if you're a global money manager, and you have no idea what the fallout from Brexit might be, and you're seeing the political chaos in the years following the vote - not to mention the purse-lipped disapproval of the whole messy business endlessly expressed by your peers - then it really is a no-brainer decision to park the entire thing in the "too hard" bin and stick the money in US tech instead.

A new piece of research from Bill Casey and Nick Kissack at Schroders puts some numbers on just how big an impact this fund exodus had. Apparently, "global investor allocations to UK equities have almost halved since late 2015, and the asset class has seen 25% cumulative outflows since June 2016", they say, referencing data from Refinitiv Lipper. As a result - measured in US dollar terms - the UK market has underperformed to an extent "not seen since the early 1970s".

However, Brexit has now happened, and political stability is back to its average sort of levels. And in relative terms, Britain's political picture is arguably more predictable (for now) than that of many of its peers. Even on a pure political cycle basis, both Germany and France have big elections coming up whereas we don't have to put up with another one for a few years.

Of course, some argue that this is not about Brexit so much as about the composition of the UK market. We don't have enough tech stocks. We have too many "dinosaur" companies in outdated industries.

The UK is a "value" index in a "growth-y" world. Etc. Yet, note Schroders, that doesn't explain the whole gap at all. "It does not explain the stepp discount across sectors... versus both the US and Europe... causing acquirers to congregate as a flock around the UK."

According to the asset manager's analysis, in virtually every sector bar with only a handful of exceptions, UK stocks trade at a steep discount to both European (excluding UK) and US firms.

Good quality UK stocks are cheap simply because of where they're listed

Taking the analysis even further, Schroders compares 10 "diverse good quality companies" in the UK and compare them to "their most relevant peers". On this basis, for example, clothing retailer Next - an indisputably well-managed company, with a large online presence and prospects as solid as any in that sector - is still trading at a near-30% discount to its global peers. It's hard to see any logical reason for that.

It's a similar story for the other companies on the list, including Legal & General, Breedon and Sage Group. As the Schroders analysts put it, "the discount in our view largely arises from where they are listed and the resulting fund flows." In effect, UK markets are cheap because investors have just taken against the UK.

We're out of fashion. And of course, in a momentum-driven world, that feeds on itself. Just as the most popular stocks get more and more popular, so those that are shunned will remain the laggards.

The thing is, in the longer run, fundamentals (for want of a better word) will out. Why? Because ultimately, fundamentals are what drive the money-making ability of a company.

The market as a whole, may not value those fundamentals. But as a result, those who do value them, are more than happy to come along and snap up a bargain. That's why we're seeing all these bids at the moment. "Oh what, you don't want this piggy bank that spews out cash, because it's not on the blockchain and it's listed in politically toxic Britain?

Well, suit yourself, I'll have it." Sometimes investing is complicated. Sometimes it's simple.

This is one of the simple times. Buy the UK. We've been talking about the opportunities in UK stocks in MoneyWeek magazine for some time.

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More worries raised about the High Street coronavirus voucher in Northern Ireland – this time about excluding teenage shoppers

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Every adult in Northern Ireland will eligible for a GBP100 pre-paid card. To apply, people will have to be 18 before applications close on October 11 and the card has to be spent by November 30. The scheme was devised to help struggling local businesses by giving punters cash to treat themselves to something they wouldn't have otherwise bought.

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But the News Letter has previously pointed out a gaping loophole in the plan: the only requirement is that the money to be spent in some kind of shop, not online - meaning it could just as easily end up subsidising a perfectly healthy multinational as a struggling native business.

Stormont's Economy Committee was given an update on the GBP145m scheme. Department for the Economy official Tommy O'Reilly told the committee that the scheme would launch in September. Committee chairwoman Caoimhe Archibald asked: "We have previously discussed making the card available to 16 and 17-year-olds.

Is that something which is still under consideration? "Obviously there are a lot of young people who may live independently, who may work and who would have National Insurance numbers." Mr O'Reilly said: "The policy is that we are only making the scheme available to those who are 18-plus.

There are clear reasons why we shouldn't be opening it up to those who are under the age of 18 and we have to draw some boundaries around that. "That is where the policy sits at the moment in terms of trying to ensure the scheme can be delivered as efficiently as possible and within the timeframes and within the overall budget. "If we are going to give GBP100 to every adult eligible in Northern Ireland, our most recent estimates from Nisra is that the numbers will be estimated at 1.5 million.

We have only got about GBP140m so there is a very thin margin." Ms Archibald responded: "I would just make the point that 16-year-olds would be considered working age for Nisra. In terms of the intent of the scheme in bringing people back into the shops, that younger cohort has been one of the age groups whose behaviour has most changed because of Covid.

"In terms of bringing a different cohort into businesses, it would benefit to include that age group." Mr O'Reilly said the department had ultimately had to make a decision around the overall policy, adding: "Sixteen and 17-year-olds are not considered as adults. If you go below that, why not 15s?

Why not 14s? We need to draw this boundary somewhere to ensure that we can deliver the economic benefits." "The policy has not finally been nailed down because we are giving our minister some further legal advice around this issue, but that is where the policy stands at this moment."

MLA Claire Sugden said: "Sixteen and 17-year-olds can work, they have a National Insurance number, they can spend. I would be fully supportive of extending it to 16 and 17-year-olds. "If this is about encouraging people to shop in the high street, who better than that age cohort who you would expect to shop online?

I don't understand the department's rationale for not extending it, any of the reasons given at this point don't make sense to me." MLA Stewart Dickson added: "Around the lower age limit, is it likely that a further legal intervention, for example an equality or other claim would delay the scheme?" Mr O'Reilly said he could not answer because he is not legally qualified, but said the department was taking legal advice.

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Northern Rail’s flash sale sees more than a million train tickets go for £1 today – follow live

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The IndyBest team knows a thing or two about online shopping. Whether it's providing advice via tried and tested product reviews of everything from the all-new Samsung Galaxy Z fold 3 to silk pillowcases, or bringing you with the very best deals on VPNs, tablets, mattresses and more, we've got your back when it comes to navigating to the virtual shelves. But with retailers launching new sales and products on an ever more frequent basis, the world of online shopping can feel a little daunting.

So, our liveblog is here Monday to Friday to help you navigate the task of finding the product you want at the best possible price .

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Whether you're looking for a new SIM-only contract, a whopping offer on an iPhone 12 or simply want to discover a handy voucher code, we've got you covered. Keep scrolling for today's bargains - you can thank us later! Read more:

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Save up to 50% in Emma's bank holiday sale

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Well-known, reliable brand when it comes to bedding, Emma, is currently offering up to 50 per cent off its leading mattresses, bedding and pillows in its summer bank holiday sale.

Emma original pillow: Was GBP69, now GBP37.95, Emma-sleep.co.uk

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"While this wonderfully technical pillow would suit every kind of sleeper, it was our front sleeper's favourite," noted our writer in her review of the best memory foam pillows.

It's made up "of three separate layers of foam, all supportive but with a nice bit of spring, you can remove sections to bring the profile of the pillow up or down". We can't believe this is reduced by 45 per cent. Buy now

Emma hybrid mattress: Was GBP809, now GBP444.95, Emma-mattress.co.uk

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While the original (was GBP699, now GBP384.45, Emma-mattress.co.uk) is the bestseller, the hybrid is said to be even better, yet still affordable.

Luckily, we put it to the test. "If you like your mattresses on the slightly softer and bouncier side, you're bound to love this Emma mattress that would be right at home in a five-star hotel," praised our writer. "Whatever position you sleep in, you'll enjoy the benefits of the support". If you're looking for a versatile option for people who sleep in different positions throughout the night, this is the bed for you.

Buy now

Cheap school uniform deals

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If you're fretting over the back to school rush and are looking for cheap uniform deals, we've got you covered. Morrisons: You can get a uniform bundle from GBP7.95, with three white polo shirts (GBP3.95, Nutmeg.morrisons.com), two sweatshirts (GBP5.50, Nutmeg.morrisons.com), a skirt (GBP5, Nutmeg.morrisons.com) and two pairs of trousers (GBP8, Nutmeg.morrisons.com) Matalan: A great destination for affordable clothing and its uniform shop is no different: two long sleeve shirts (GBP5.50, Matalan.co.uk), two short sleeve shirts (GBP4, Matalan.co.uk), two pairs of trousers (GBP10, Matalan.co.uk) and two skirts (GBP8, Matalan.co.uk)

Need more? Read our guide to Aldi's back to school range

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Aldi's back-to-school range has a complete uniform bundle for just GBP4.50

This face tanner is our editor's favourite - and it's currently on sale

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Whether it's for your body or face, here at IndyBest we know a thing or two about fake tan. And we've just spotted that our deputy editor Ellie Fry's favourite face tanner is currently reduced by 20 per cent.

Tan-Luxe superglow hyaluronic self-tan serum: Was GBP35, now GBP28, Lookfantastic.com

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This "truly is a hero tanning product that we can't live without", praised Fry in her in-depth review of the product.

It's easy to use, simply massage two to 12 drops of the gel-like formula into your face and decollete and it'll deliver "natural-looking, even coverage" that leaves skin looking "healthier, brighter and more supple". "Not only does the serum give the skin a subtle tint (no orangeness here), but it also colour corrects and evens out your skin tone; the exact opposite of what many other face tanners do," she added. "It works wonders on our acne-prone, sensitive skin and has replaced our usual hyaluronic acid thanks to its glow-giving properties," she added. With such high praise, we'll be adding to our beauty arsenal ASAP.

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What SUP! You need to see this paddle board deal

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Gul cross 10ft 7in: Was GBP449.99, now GBP399.99, Sportsdirect.com

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If you're just dipping your toes into the world of SUP, this is for you. It featured in our review of the best stand-up paddle boards with our writer praising it for its "fantastic job of instilling confidence after the first few paddle strokes".

What's more, the "well-designed deck pad was comfortable and lent itself to good movement from the middle to the back for faster turns and more manoeuvrability", while tracking "was excellent and there was a reassuring stiffness". Buy now

Northern rail launches flash GBP1 sale

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Yes, you read that right. Northern has launched a whopping sale, slashing the price of more than a million train tickets to just GBP1. This is all part of the rail company's call for people in the north to "go do your thing".

You can find all the stations offering flash sale on the Northern website, but you can take a day trip from Manchester to Leeds for a change of city scenery, or if you'd like to visit the seaside, why not explore Morecambe. Simply travel between 6 September and 22 October to get your journey for just a quid! Visit Northernrailway.co.uk to find out more

The Boots GBP10 Tuesday sale is so good you don't want to miss it

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Every Tuesday, Boots slashes the price of some of its bestselling products to just GBP10.

And this week is no different. Here's what we're adding straight to our basket!

White Glo white accelerator blue light kit: Was GBP30, now GBP10, Boots.com

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If you're looking for a way to brighten your smile at home, this teeth whitening kit might just be the answer. It features a blue light device, which works to activate the gel and lift existing stains.

While we've not tested this exact product, we have tried the White Glo coffee and tea drinkers formula (GBP4.20, Boots.com) in our review of the best teeth whitening kits, which our writer noting that her teeth looked brighter after just two weeks. Clearly, it's a brand you can trust. Buy now

Skinnydip peach water bottle: Was GBP20, now GBP10, Boots.com

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It's that time of year again where you're frantically preparing for the back to school rush.

Thankfully the Boots GBP10 sale has come to the rescue by slashing the price of this school essential. It's a fun design and there's also a matching lunchbox (was GBP14, now GBP10, Boots.com), which has also been reduced. Buy now

Visit Boots.com for the full GBP10 Tuesday sale

Aldi slashes price of its playground slide in summer sale

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Aldi kids' wooden playhouse with slide: Was GBP199.99, now GBP164.99, Aldi.co.uk

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School holidays might be nearly over, but that doesn't mean the fun should stop. This playground slide set-up is the ideal way to keep kids entertained while you sit back and relax. Best of all, it's reduced in Aldi's summer sale.

It's two-storeys and features a lookout deck perfect for letting their imagination run wild. If your little one is obsessed with pirates, this galleon wooden playhouse (was GBP224.99, now GBP117.99, Aldi.co.uk) looks equally as exciting. Buy now

Good morning bargain-hunters

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As promised, we're back for yet another day of rolling coverage of the best sales.

We're expecting some more whopping discounts across some big-name brands and retailers. Yesterday we noticed that B&Q has slashed the price of its garden furniture by 50 per cent, while there's also huge savings to be had at FatFace. So, you've got all that and more to look forward to today.

Stay tuned for the best deals and discounts!

Goodbye from your resident bargain-hunters

Monday 23 August 2021 17:30 , Eva Waite-Taylor

And that's it for another day of deal-hunting. While we've not seen a GBP3.99 air fryer on Amazon like Friday, we have found some of the best deals in the sales, including a whopping mattress bundle (was GBP1,716, now GBP1,029, Simba.com). We'll be back bright and early tomorrow, but if you can't wait until then, head over to the IndyBest deals section where you'll find all the latest discounts on everything from laptops to Lego.

Save GBP100 on Recovapro lite mini massage gun in the sale

Monday 23 August 2021 17:00 , Eva Waite-Taylor

Recovapro lite mini massage gun with charging mat: Was GBP259, now GBP159, Recovapro.co.uk

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Recover like a pro with this massage gun, which featured in our review of the best thanks to its "super lightweight" design. "Gentle, quiet and with a smaller range of attachments than some models, it's an ideal massage device for anyone who wants to use a gun for everyday aches and pains," praised our writer.

This is deal to too good to miss, it also comes with a charging mat worth GBP59 included in the bundle as well as a 90-day risk-free trial and two-year warranty. Buy now

Back to school deals from Moleskine

Monday 23 August 2021 16:30 , Eva Waite-Taylor

Known for its sleek diaries and notebooks, Moleskine is offering a back to school bundle. When you choose three items, including a bag (was GBP169, now GBP118.30, Moleskine.com), you'll get a whopping 30 per cent off.

We've got our eye on the classic 18-month planner (was GBP18.99, now GBP13.29, Moleskine.com) and this set of three cashier journals (was GBP18.99, now GBP13.29, Moleskine.com). Visit Moleksine.com now

Our top picks from the Oliver Bonas sale

Monday 23 August 2021 15:30 , Eva Waite-Taylor

Oliver Bonas super star mug: Was GBP12.50, now GBP6, Oliverbonas.com

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If you're looking for a small gift for someone special, this mug is bound to cheer up anyone's morning coffee. Best of all, GBP5 of the sale will be donated to UK youth, a charity working to better the future of young people.

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Oliver Bonas Winnie weave brown bucket tote bag: Was GBP41, now GBP21, Oliverbonas.com

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Wicker bags are always big news for spring and summer, so why not get ahead of next year with this bargain purchase. The weave design instantly transports us to the south of France. Buy now

AmericanGolf sale is a tees

Monday 23 August 2021 14:30 , Eva Waite-Taylor

TaylorMade SIM2 driver: Was GBP449, now GBP399, Americangolf.co.uk

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Whether you're a regular at the driving range or consider yourself a pro, it might be time to upgrade your golf drivers.

This one took the top spot in our review of the best thanks to the "multi-material engineering" which means "you can really unleash your inner Rory McIlroy off the tee, without having to worry too much about adding to your lost ball tally", praised our writer. "The club imparts bags of confidence as you stand over the ball and that really frees you up to attack the course and get those scores down. A real game improvement club."

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What to shop in the Fatface sale

Monday 23 August 2021 13:30 , Eva Waite-Taylor

FatFace Clayton dungarees: Was GBP59.50, now GBP30, Fatface.com

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Release your inner Donna Sheridan with this pair of dungarees. A wardrobe staple, particularly for autumn, they can be styled in a plethora of ways: at the weekend wear with a lace cami (GBP39.50, Marksandspencer.com) underneath, while for more formal occasions, opt for a pretty blouse (GBP27.99, Zara.com) underneath. With 50 per cent off, now's the time to invest.

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Fatface lewes plain crew neck jumper: Was GBP45, now GBP20, Fatface.com

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The FatFace men's sale is also excellent. Give your knitwear collection a refresh ahead of autumn and winter with this wool jumper. If the stone colour isn't to your taste, it's also available in black - both just as smart.

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The Jigsaw sale pieces we're adding to our baskets

Monday 23 August 2021 12:30 , Eva Waite-Taylor

Jigsaw Ava leather footbed sandal: Was GBP110, now GBP66, Jigsaw-online.com

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If like us you're hoping for an Indian summer, make sure you've got a pair of shoes to see you through. This pair featured in our review of the best dad sandals with our writing noting that these are the "perfect investment". Instead of "squishy foam soles (which can wear down over time) and canvas straps, these are made from buttery leather with a sturdy base", and the "straps are padded for extra comfort".

Depending on your preference, they're available in black and cream. Buy now

Jigsaw viscose twill fluid trousers: Was GBP90, now GBP36, Jigsaw-online.com

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The best clothing items to buy in the summer sale are those that can be worn pretty much all year round. These loose-fitting trousers look like they'd be ideal for spring as well as winter - wear with a thick, chunky knit jumper when the cold hits, but when the sun's out, style with an oversized white T-shirt.

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What to shop in the JD Sports sale

Monday 23 August 2021 12:00 , Eva Waite-Taylor

There's up to 50 per cent off some big-name brands in the JD Sports sale, including Nike, adidas and Puma.

Nike air max 2090: Was GBP130, now GBP90, Jdsports.co.uk

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If you're after a pair of fresh creps, then you need to know about these trainers. Inspired by the air max 90, these feature Nike's signature cushioning for extra comfort, while the design is edgy and modern. Buy now

Best iPad deal in Amazon sale

Monday 23 August 2021 11:30 , Eva Waite-Taylor

Apple iPad pro, 12.9in: Was GBP1,069, now GBP883.81, Amazon.co.uk

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While this is a slightly older model, the iPad air shone supreme in our review of the best tablets, with The Independent's technology critic David Phelan noting that "the design is the same as last year," and that it still "looks amazing".

Plus, its "flat edges allow the magnetic attachment of the optional Apple pencil accessory (GBP115.40, Amazon.co.uk)". If you're looking for a powerful machine to replace your laptop, this is the one for you, especially now that Amazon has a fairly hefty reduction. Buy now

For more deals on iPads in the sale, read our extensive round-up

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Save on a new TV and Ring doorbell in Currys bank holiday weekend sale

Monday 23 August 2021 11:00 , Eva Waite-Taylor

The bank holiday weekend is nearly here and retailers are making it even better by launching its sales early. Case in point: Currys PC World. To save you from endlessly scrolling, these are the best deals to snap up now.

Samsung QE65QN85AATXXU 65in TV: Was GBP2,199, now GBP1,799, Currys.co.uk

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This smart QLED TV comes equipped with Bixby, Alexa and Google Assistant, as well as a quantum 4K processor, which automatically adjusts the brightness and upscales everything you're watching, no matter the original source.

With a GBP400 saving, it's seriously good value and will prove a wise investment for boxset bingers and gamers alike. Buy now

Ring video doorbell pro with plug-in adapter: Was GBP159, now GBP123, Currys.co.uk

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This smart doorbell from Amazon-owned brand Ring allows you to answer your door from anywhere in the world using your smartphone, and alerts you when it detects somebody approaching your home. The pro version has a slim design, high-quality 1080p HD video and comes with a plug-in adapter that makes installation super simple with the use of a standard electrical socket.

Buy now For more whopping discounts in the sale, read our round-up of the Currys PC World sale

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Sleep easy knowing you've saved in Simba's mattress sale

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One of our favourite mattress brands Simba has launched its bank holiday sale already - and we're here for it. In honour of the three-day weekend, it's offering 35 per cent off its mattresses and 40 per cent off its sleep bundles.

Simba hybrid mattress: Was GBP879, now GBP571.35, Simba.com

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This featured in our review of the best mattresses, with our writer noting that it's "best for side and front sleepers, and that goes for people of any shape or size".

Plus, if "you're prone to waking up with aches and pains, especially in your back, you'll really notice the spinal support", while the "sinkage is spot on too". It has a 200-night trial, so if the unlikely happens and you decide it's not for you, Simba will collect it for free. There's also the option to get the hybrid mattress in a bundle (was GBP1,716, now GBP1,029, Simba.com), which currently has 40 per cent off and includes two hybrid pillows, a duvet and a mattress protector.

Buy now Read our guide on the best mattress deals for more of the same

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Back to school deals: Get the best discounts on school uniform

Monday 23 August 2021 10:00 , Eva Waite-Taylor

The new school year is only days away, so if you've not got your child's uniform sorted yet, now's the time time to do it. Marks & Spencer is selling a pack of two polo shirts for GBP3, while trousers, skirts and sweatshirts will set you back GBP6.

If you're looking for something a little cheaper, George at Asda is the destination to know. With prices starting at GBP6 for five polo shirts and skirts and trousers costing GBP6 for a two-pack, getting ready for September needn't be an expensive affair. The great thing about George is that it also has an "easy on easy wear" collection, which is sensory king and designed to be especially comfortable.

B&Q is offering up to 50% off its garden furniture and more

Monday 23 August 2021 09:30 , Eva Waite-Taylor

This is not a drill, there's a whopping 50 per cent off garden furniture in the B&Q sale.

B&Q santorin metal 5 seater coffee set: Was GBP513, now GBP256.50, Diy.com

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If you've been debating whether to upgrade your garden set-up, the B&Q summer sale is the time to do it.

This five-seater set comes with two armchairs, a sofa and a table: perfect for sundowners. The cushion covers can be machine-washed, so you won't need to worry about spillages. An absolute steal worth snapping up now.

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Aldi's summer sale is here: Discounts on pizza ovens, fire pits and garden furniture

Monday 23 August 2021 09:20 , Eva Waite-Taylor

Aldi is known for its pocket-friendly prices, so when it launches a sale, you bet we're going to let you know. From fire pits to garden furniture, here's what's worth shopping in the clearance.

Gardenline 2 in 1 grill and fire pit: Was GBP149.99, now GBP74.99, Aldi.co.uk

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After the sell-out success of this fire pit, we were pleasantly surprised to see it in the sale. It's the perfect way to add some flair to your next garden party and will have you polishing off your culinary skills in no time.

It has two grill plates - with one that's raised so you can fit as much food as your guests need - three wooden side shelves, different grill zones so you can separate your vegetables from the meats and two handles for removing the grill plate and settling down in front of the fire pit once the sun has gone down. It also comes with a trio of accessories - the grill lifter, a spatula and tongs - so once it arrives on your doorstep, you're ready to fire it up. Buy now

Aldi wicker garden coffee set: Was GBP299.99, now GBP239.99, Aldi.co.uk

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Ideal for your decking or conservatory, it comes with a coffee table, two-seater sofa, two armchairs, four seat cushions, four back cushions and a screw pack to help you assemble it with ease.

Your morning coffee or post-work glass of wine has never looked so stylish. If you're still working from home, it could also double up as an outdoor workspace - simply add a parasol to keep the shade off your computer screen. Find the perfect one in our guide to the best garden parasols.

Buy now

Gardenline mini gas pizza oven: Was GBP149.99, now GBP119.99, Aldi.co.uk

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Bring the taste of Italy to your garden with this pizza oven that certainly is worth your dough. It's gas-powered and has wheels and handles for easy manoeuvring. The best thing of all though is that it works as a barbecue, oven and smoker, and is said to heat up quickly.

Buy now

Good morning deal-hunters

Monday 23 August 2021 09:10 , Eva Waite-Taylor

Hello and welcome back to yet another week of our deals of the day liveblog, where we're bringing you all the latest discounts and top offers from some of our favourite retailers. Last week, we spotted that a GBP48 air fryer was on sale for GBP3.99 at Amazon, and we dropped the news that Aldi was launching a new beauty box. This week we're expecting similarly as exciting stuff.

So, make sure you don't miss out and follow live.

Without further ado, let's go shopping!

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The IndyBest team knows a thing or two about online shopping. Whether it's providing advice via tried and tested product reviews of everything from mattresses to the all-new Samsung Galaxy Z fold 3, or bringing you with the very best deals on VPNs, tablets, TVs and more, we've got your back when it comes to navigating to the virtual shelves. But with retailers launching new sales and products on an ever more frequent basis, the world of online shopping can feel a little daunting.

So, our liveblog is here to help you navigate the task of finding the product you want at the best possible price. Monday to Friday we'll be bringing you the latest offers and discounts as they come.

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Whether you're looking for a new broadband deal, a whopping offer on an iPhone 12 or simply want to discover a handy voucher code, we've got you covered. Keep scrolling for today's bargains - you can thank us later!

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  • Aldi's whopping summer sale
  • Best iPad deals in the sales
  • Back to school deals
  • Simba's mattress deals are too good to miss

Goodbye from your resident bargain-hunters

17:30 , Eva Waite-Taylor

And that's it for another day of deal-hunting. While we've not seen a GBP3.99 air fryer on Amazon like Friday, we have found some of the best deals in the sales, including a whopping mattress bundle (was GBP1,716, now GBP1,029, Simba.com). We'll be back bright and early tomorrow, but if you can't wait until then, head over to the IndyBest deals section where you'll find all the latest discounts on everything from laptops to Lego.

Save GBP100 on Recovapro lite mini massage gun in the sale

17:00 , Eva Waite-Taylor

Recovapro lite mini massage gun with charging mat: Was GBP259, now GBP159, Recovapro.co.uk

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Recover like a pro with this massage gun, which featured in our review of the best thanks to its "super lightweight" design. "Gentle, quiet and with a smaller range of attachments than some models, it's an ideal massage device for anyone who wants to use a gun for everyday aches and pains," praised our writer.

This is deal to too good to miss, it also comes with a charging mat worth GBP59 included in the bundle as well as a 90-day risk-free trial and two-year warranty. Buy now

Back to school deals from Moleskine

16:30 , Eva Waite-Taylor

Known for its sleek diaries and notebooks, Moleskine is offering a back to school bundle. When you choose three items, including a bag (was GBP169, now GBP118.30, Moleskine.com), you'll get a whopping 30 per cent off.

We've got our eye on the classic 18-month planner (was GBP18.99, now GBP13.29, Moleskine.com) and this set of three cashier journals (was GBP18.99, now GBP13.29, Moleskine.com). Visit Moleksine.com now

Our top picks from the Oliver Bonas sale

15:30 , Eva Waite-Taylor

Oliver Bonas super star mug: Was GBP12.50, now GBP6, Oliverbonas.com

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If you're looking for a small gift for someone special, this mug is bound to cheer up anyone's morning coffee. Best of all, GBP5 of the sale will be donated to UK youth, a charity working to better the future of young people.

Buy now

Oliver Bonas Winnie weave brown bucket tote bag: Was GBP41, now GBP21, Oliverbonas.com

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Wicker bags are always big news for spring and summer, so why not get ahead of next year with this bargain purchase. The weave design instantly transports us to the south of France. Buy now

AmericanGolf sale is a tees

14:30 , Eva Waite-Taylor

TaylorMade SIM2 driver: Was GBP449, now GBP399, Americangolf.co.uk

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Whether you're a regular at the driving range or consider yourself a pro, it might be time to upgrade your golf drivers.

This one took the top spot in our review of the best thanks to the "multi-material engineering" which means "you can really unleash your inner Rory McIlroy off the tee, without having to worry too much about adding to your lost ball tally", praised our writer. "The club imparts bags of confidence as you stand over the ball and that really frees you up to attack the course and get those scores down. A real game improvement club."

Buy now

What to shop in the Fatface sale

13:30 , Eva Waite-Taylor

FatFace Clayton dungarees: Was GBP59.50, now GBP30, Fatface.com

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Release your inner Donna Sheridan with this pair of dungarees. A wardrobe staple, particularly for autumn, they can be styled in a plethora of ways: at the weekend wear with a lace cami (GBP39.50, Marksandspencer.com) underneath, while for more formal occasions, opt for a pretty blouse (GBP27.99, Zara.com) underneath. With 50 per cent off, now's the time to invest.

Buy now

Fatface lewes plain crew neck jumper: Was GBP45, now GBP20, Fatface.com

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The FatFace men's sale is also excellent. Give your knitwear collection a refresh ahead of autumn and winter with this wool jumper. If the stone colour isn't to your taste, it's also available in black - both just as smart.

Buy now

The Jigsaw sale pieces we're adding to our baskets

12:30 , Eva Waite-Taylor

Jigsaw Ava leather footbed sandal: Was GBP110, now GBP66, Jigsaw-online.com

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If like us you're hoping for an Indian summer, make sure you've got a pair of shoes to see you through. This pair featured in our review of the best dad sandals with our writing noting that these are the "perfect investment". Instead of "squishy foam soles (which can wear down over time) and canvas straps, these are made from buttery leather with a sturdy base", and the "straps are padded for extra comfort".

Depending on your preference, they're available in black and cream. Buy now

Jigsaw viscose twill fluid trousers: Was GBP90, now GBP36, Jigsaw-online.com

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The best clothing items to buy in the summer sale are those that can be worn pretty much all year round. These loose-fitting trousers look like they'd be ideal for spring as well as winter - wear with a thick, chunky knit jumper when the cold hits, but when the sun's out, style with an oversized white T-shirt.

Buy now

What to shop in the JD Sports sale

12:00 , Eva Waite-Taylor

There's up to 50 per cent off some big-name brands in the JD Sports sale, including Nike, adidas and Puma.

Nike air max 2090: Was GBP130, now GBP90, Jdsports.co.uk

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If you're after a pair of fresh creps, then you need to know about these trainers. Inspired by the air max 90, these feature Nike's signature cushioning for extra comfort, while the design is edgy and modern. Buy now

Best iPad deal in Amazon sale

11:30 , Eva Waite-Taylor

Apple iPad pro, 12.9in: Was GBP1,069, now GBP883.81, Amazon.co.uk

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While this is a slightly older model, the iPad air shone supreme in our review of the best tablets, with The Independent's technology critic David Phelan noting that "the design is the same as last year," and that it still "looks amazing".

Plus, its "flat edges allow the magnetic attachment of the optional Apple pencil accessory (GBP115.40, Amazon.co.uk)". If you're looking for a powerful machine to replace your laptop, this is the one for you, especially now that Amazon has a fairly hefty reduction. Buy now

For more deals on iPads in the sale, read our extensive round-up

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We found the cheapest Apple iPads

Save on a new TV and Ring doorbell in Currys bank holiday weekend sale

11:00 , Eva Waite-Taylor

The bank holiday weekend is nearly here and retailers are making it even better by launching its sales early. Case in point: Currys PC World. To save you from endlessly scrolling, these are the best deals to snap up now.

Samsung QE65QN85AATXXU 65in TV: Was GBP2,199, now GBP1,799, Currys.co.uk

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This smart QLED TV comes equipped with Bixby, Alexa and Google Assistant, as well as a quantum 4K processor, which automatically adjusts the brightness and upscales everything you're watching, no matter the original source.

With a GBP400 saving, it's seriously good value and will prove a wise investment for boxset bingers and gamers alike. Buy now

Ring video doorbell pro with plug-in adapter: Was GBP159, now GBP123, Currys.co.uk

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This smart doorbell from Amazon-owned brand Ring allows you to answer your door from anywhere in the world using your smartphone, and alerts you when it detects somebody approaching your home. The pro version has a slim design, high-quality 1080p HD video and comes with a plug-in adapter that makes installation super simple with the use of a standard electrical socket.

Buy now For more whopping discounts in the sale, read our round-up of the Currys PC World sale

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Currys launches early bank holiday sale with deals on TVs and Apple products

Sleep easy knowing you've saved in Simba's mattress sale

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One of our favourite mattress brands Simba has launched its bank holiday sale already - and we're here for it. In honour of the three-day weekend, it's offering 35 per cent off its mattresses and 40 per cent off its sleep bundles.

Simba hybrid mattress: Was GBP879, now GBP571.35, Simba.com

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This featured in our review of the best mattresses, with our writer noting that it's "best for side and front sleepers, and that goes for people of any shape or size".

Plus, if "you're prone to waking up with aches and pains, especially in your back, you'll really notice the spinal support", while the "sinkage is spot on too". It has a 200-night trial, so if the unlikely happens and you decide it's not for you, Simba will collect it for free. There's also the option to get the hybrid mattress in a bundle (was GBP1,716, now GBP1,029, Simba.com), which currently has 40 per cent off and includes two hybrid pillows, a duvet and a mattress protector.

Buy now Read our guide on the best mattress deals for more of the same

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Simba currently has 35% off its bestselling mattresses in its sale

Back to school deals: Get the best discounts on school uniform

10:00 , Eva Waite-Taylor

The new school year is only days away, so if you've not got your child's uniform sorted yet, now's the time time to do it. Marks & Spencer is selling a pack of two polo shirts for GBP3, while trousers, skirts and sweatshirts will set you back GBP6.

If you're looking for something a little cheaper, George at Asda is the destination to know. With prices starting at GBP6 for five polo shirts and skirts and trousers costing GBP6 for a two-pack, getting ready for September needn't be an expensive affair. The great thing about George is that it also has an "easy on easy wear" collection, which is sensory king and designed to be especially comfortable.

B&Q is offering up to 50% off its garden furniture and more

09:30 , Eva Waite-Taylor

This is not a drill, there's a whopping 50 per cent off garden furniture in the B&Q sale.

B&Q santorin metal 5 seater coffee set: Was GBP513, now GBP256.50, Diy.com

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If you've been debating whether to upgrade your garden set-up, the B&Q summer sale is the time to do it.

This five-seater set comes with two armchairs, a sofa and a table: perfect for sundowners. The cushion covers can be machine-washed, so you won't need to worry about spillages. An absolute steal worth snapping up now.

Buy now

Aldi's summer sale is here: Discounts on pizza ovens, fire pits and garden furniture

09:20 , Eva Waite-Taylor

Aldi is known for its pocket-friendly prices, so when it launches a sale, you bet we're going to let you know. From fire pits to garden furniture, here's what's worth shopping in the clearance.

Gardenline 2 in 1 grill and fire pit: Was GBP149.99, now GBP74.99, Aldi.co.uk

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After the sell-out success of this fire pit, we were pleasantly surprised to see it in the sale. It's the perfect way to add some flair to your next garden party and will have you polishing off your culinary skills in no time.

It has two grill plates - with one that's raised so you can fit as much food as your guests need - three wooden side shelves, different grill zones so you can separate your vegetables from the meats and two handles for removing the grill plate and settling down in front of the fire pit once the sun has gone down. It also comes with a trio of accessories - the grill lifter, a spatula and tongs - so once it arrives on your doorstep, you're ready to fire it up. Buy now

Aldi wicker garden coffee set: Was GBP299.99, now GBP239.99, Aldi.co.uk

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Ideal for your decking or conservatory, it comes with a coffee table, two-seater sofa, two armchairs, four seat cushions, four back cushions and a screw pack to help you assemble it with ease.

Your morning coffee or post-work glass of wine has never looked so stylish. If you're still working from home, it could also double up as an outdoor workspace - simply add a parasol to keep the shade off your computer screen. Find the perfect one in our guide to the best garden parasols.

Buy now

Gardenline mini gas pizza oven: Was GBP149.99, now GBP119.99, Aldi.co.uk

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Bring the taste of Italy to your garden with this pizza oven that certainly is worth your dough. It's gas-powered and has wheels and handles for easy manoeuvring. The best thing of all though is that it works as a barbecue, oven and smoker, and is said to heat up quickly.

Buy now

Good morning deal-hunters

09:10 , Eva Waite-Taylor

Hello and welcome back to yet another week of our deals of the day liveblog, where we're bringing you all the latest discounts and top offers from some of our favourite retailers. Last week, we spotted that a GBP48 air fryer was on sale for GBP3.99 at Amazon, and we dropped the news that Aldi was launching a new beauty box. This week we're expecting similarly as exciting stuff.

So, make sure you don't miss out and follow live.

Without further ado, let's go shopping!

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Tesco shoppers warned they have just two weeks left to use Clubcard vouchers

Tesco shoppers have less than two weeks left to spend Clubcard vouchers that are expiring at the end of this month. The coupons are due to run out on August 31, 2021 - which is the last day to use them. They were originally set to expire in February this year, but Tesco extended their use-by date by six months due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Tesco Clubcard vouchers typically have a two-year expiry period. If you're unsure when your coupon will last until, check in stores so you don't miss out. How do you spend your Tesco Clubcard points?

Let us know in the comments.

Tesco shoppers build up points through the Clubcard schemeTesco shoppers build up points through the Clubcard scheme (PA)

Tesco Clubcard is the supermarket's loyalty scheme which lets shoppers earn points as they spend in stores - these are then transferred into vouchers, depending on how many points you've built up. Shoppers get one point for every GBP1 they spend in store and online, or one point for every GBP2 spent on fuel. You can collect points through Tesco Bank and Tesco Mobile as well.

Win GBP5k worth of ad space in our newspapers for your business and GBP500 of Square hardware

We've partnered with payments provider Square Squareto launch a competition giving you and your business the chance to win a fantastic prize package - GBP5,000 worth of advertising across our news brands to show customers what you can do, plus a Square Stand Kit worth GBP500 (above) or a promo card to the same value.

Square builds common business tools in unconventional ways so more people can start, run and grow their businesses. So click here to enter our competition and you could be one of our three lucky winners! You need a minimum of 150 points to get any sort of voucher, which will be worth GBP1.50 to spend in Tesco - or save them up, and 500 points would be worth GBP5, for example.

But Tesco isn't the only place where you can spend Clubcard points. If you swap your points to use at a Rewards Partner, you could potentially triple their value - so 500 points could end up being worth GBP15. Examples of places where this is possible include restaurant chains such as Bella Italia, Cafe Rouge, Pizza Express, Prezzo and Zizzi.

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How to track down lost Clubcard vouchers

You can check if you have forgotten vouchers by logging into the Tesco Clubcard website with your account details.

Once you are logged in, click on "my Clubcard account" and then "vouchers" and you should see a table listing the vouchers you still have to spend. You can spend any leftover vouchers online straight away, or print them out from home if you would rather use them in store. If yours are close to expiring, but you do not want to spend them just yet, there is a trick to extend them.

Turn your coupons into Faster Vouchers and they will last 21 months from the date you convert your vouchers.

This means you could get an extra 21 months use out of them beyond the usual two-year expiry date.

Tesco has around 19million Clubcard members.

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I’ve never heard of Froogul or MyHolidayHub yet they debiting my bank card

Unexplained credit card deductions are alarming James Fletcher, from Carlisle. There are two for GBP9.99 each to something called My Holiday Hub, plus two for GBP12.99 and a third for GBP1.99 to Froogul. Mr Fletcher is adamant that he's never heard of either of these businesses.

"How can they gain access to my Visa details?" he asked. "I don't sign up to anything that I don't personally know and I never enter competitions and don't use my phone for banking." He might not have heard of these outfits, but I have.

They are brands belonging to Northern Ireland company Acai Marketing, run by Stuart and Susan Lally of Bangor, County Down.

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They describe themselves as "specialists in membership loyalty and member discount programs", charging monthly fees for shopping and travel schemes. I've previously told how they used offers of hotel vouchers to persuade people to sign up for a free trial, but you then got charged monthly if you forgot to cancel. Those offers came in junk mail headed "Final Notice" and gushing "an unclaimed reward is being held for you at our main distribution centre."

They were ruled misleading and banned by the Advertising Standards Authority, the ruling is here. How this lot roped in Mr Fletcher is, however, a mystery. I emailed Acai Marketing and heard back from a different company run by Stuart and Susan Lally, Mango Direct Marketing.

"We will certainly look into this and get back to you with an update," they told me last month.

And, despite my follow-up messages, that's the last I've heard.

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Tastecard: is the UK’s leading discount card worth the price?

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Tastecard: is the UK's leading discount card worth the price?

We answer all your Tastecard-related questions to see if it's the right fit for you

Nothing feels better than a discount. It's the piece de resistance of the perfect night out, ordering the most expensive item on a restaurant's menu and enjoying the quiet satisfaction of slicing your bill in half.

With pandemic restrictions fully eased, there's no better time to head out for a meal or hit the cinema. Enter Tastecard, a discount card accepted by some of the best restaurants and entertainments in the UK, and providing you with a slap-up meal at an affordable price. Thanks to our exclusive offer giving you a 90-day free trial of the UK's leading discount card, plenty of readers have asked us about the Tastecard experience.

Is it worth it? Does it cover a lot of restaurants? Can you use it straight away?

To help you decide if Tastecard is the right discount card for you, we've put together this bite-sized article crammed with information.

Which restaurants does Tastecard cover?

Tastecard has over 6,500 restaurants in its programme, many of which offer 50% off food or two-for-one deals on meals. The entire gamut of food preferences is covered in this broad selection, so you can find everything from small Indian restaurants, cosy Italian joints, or even large chains like Pizza Hut or Cafe Rouge. Tastecard themselves estimate that 83% of the UK's population live within three miles of a Tastecard-affiliated restaurant.

But the card also offers discounts on takeaway options if you prefer a quiet night in.

Tastecard: is the UK's leading discount card worth the price?

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Is Tastecard only for meals?

Not at all. Since its inception 13 years ago Tastecard has provided an increasing number of discounts on big events and brands for its customers. Beyond eating out, the card offers up to 30% off cinema tickets, up to 50% off theme park attractions, up to 33% off movie rentals and an ever-changing array of exclusive perks on big retail brands.

Can I use it straight away?

Pretty much.

We signed up for a trial and were able to order a pizza online with the app on the same evening.

What exclusions are there on Tastecard?

There are a few caveats in the Tastecard scheme. Many restaurants won't accept the card on weekends, and a small number won't accept it throughout December. Some restaurants will also limit you to two people per card.

You may also be expected to book in advance with many restaurants on the Tastecard scheme.

Tastecard: is the UK's leading discount card worth the price?

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What are my subscription options for Tastecard?

There are two subscription options for Tastecard. You can pay monthly for GBP5.99 a month or annually for GBP34.99 (which works out at about GBP2.92 a month). You can also sign up for Tastecard+, a premium version of the service which offers additional savings on a wide variety of brands, at GBP19.99 for six months or GBP34.99 annually.

If you're not too sure about paying for Tastecard yet, try out our 90-day free trial and have a root around all the different discounts and bargains to see if it's a good fit for you.

How do I find discounts on Tastecard?

Tastecard's site offers plenty of search options, allowing you to look for restaurants in your area via their website or app. The Tastecard app also allows you to track the savings you're making and can be used as a digital version of the card (as opposed to the standard plastic version).

Is Tastecard worth the price?

Whether Tastecard is a worthwhile purchase for you depends entirely on your eating habits. If you enjoy eating out a lot on weekdays and don't mind booking ahead then Tastecard is the perfect match.

If not, it might be worth trying the trial and seeing what mileage you get.

As the number of attractions offered by Tastecard increases, so too do the reasons for signing up multiply.

We're all changing our habits to leave the house a little more frequently after what feels like decades indoors, so Tastecard might become your new best friend whether you're a social butterfly or not.

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Warm Home Discount opens for £140 off energy bills

Struggling households can now apply for a one-off payment worth GBP140 to help toward the cost of their energy bills. The support comes from the Warm Home Discount scheme, which you can apply for directly through your energy supplier. Some companies have already started taking applications with more firms expected to follow suit in September.

The extra help will come in handy as energy bills are set to rise after the regulator Ofgem confirmed it is increasing its price cap - the maximum amount suppliers can charge customers - in a move that will affect 15 million homes. Those on default tariffs paying by direct debit will see an increase of GBP139 from GBP1,138 to GBP1,277 from October 1. Prepayment customers will see bills rise by GBP153 from GBP1,156 to GBP1309.

Are energy bills too high? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

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What is the Warm Home Discount scheme?

The Warm Home Discount Scheme is a one-off payment of GBP140 that is designed to help cover the cost of heating your home. The government confirmed last month that this amount will rise to GBP150 but no date has been set yet for when this increase will happen.

The money from the Warm Home Discount Scheme is not paid to you as a cash sum. Instead, it is normally paid directly to your energy supplier, who will then apply the discount to your energy bills. The discount is applied between October and March.

Or if you have a pre-payment meter, you'll be sent a GBP140 voucher that can be used to top up your meter.

The help is offered to those on low incomesThe help is offered to those on low incomes (Getty Images)

Who is eligible for the Warm Home Discount scheme?

To qualify for the Warm Home Discount scheme, you must fall into one of the two categories:

  • You get the Guarantee Credit element of Pension Credit - known as the "core group"
  • You're on a low income and meet your energy supplier's criteria for the scheme - known as the "broader group"

How you apply for the Warm Home Discount scheme depends on how you qualify for the discount.

How do you apply for the Warm Home Discount scheme?

The first step is to check if your energy supplier offers the Warm Home Discount scheme, as not all suppliers are signed up to the support. If your energy provider is part of the scheme, those in the "core group" should receive a letter between October and December 2021 telling them how to get the discount. This letter will say if you need to call a helpline by February 28, 2022 to confirm your details.

If you don't get a letter by December 31, and you think you're eligible, you can contact the Warm Home Discount helpline on 0800 731 0214. Those in the "broader group" who are on a low-income can apply directly to their energy supplier, again, providing they are taking part in the scheme. Each energy supplier will set their own eligibility criteria to decide who gets the discount.

Each firm will also only have a certain amount of support they can offer, so it's best to apply sooner rather than later to avoid missing out.

Which energy suppliers are open for applications now?

Open for applications:

Open for registration (sign up to be emailed when the scheme opens):

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Inside new discount supermarket Mere which claims to be 30% cheaper than rivals

A supermarket dubbed the "Russian Lidl" has opened its first UK store - and The Mirror has been to take a look inside. Our first impressions of the first Mere, in Preston, are that it's super-clean and light but extremely back-to-basics. The breezeblock walls are painted in a vibrant yellow and white, but still look a bit... bleak.

But no-one visiting Mere is there for the interior design. The discount grocery chain claims to be 30% cheaper than even Aldi and Lidl . If having a basic ethos means prices are lower for shoppers, we're all for it.

Everything in Mere is geared around keeping costs down. Suppliers deliver straight to the shops, cutting down costs on having to store items elsewhere. Each store in the UK will have just eight staff.

Mere promises to be cheerful - and cheapMere promises to be cheerful - and cheap (Dave Nelson)

Goods are stacked on pallets on the floor, with shoppers helping themselves to what they want.

The downside is this adds a bit longer to your shopping trip. In a normal supermarket, with everything unpacked on shelves it is easy to see what you're looking for. In Mere, you have to get right up close to many pallets to see what they contain.

The new supermarket has managed to meet its promise to be super-cheap.

Russian retailer Mere , Ribbleton PrestonMore of the goods available at the 'UK's cheapest supermarket' (Dave Nelson)

For example, a 400g packet of dried pasta costs just 23p at Mere. The same thing costs 29p at Aldi, and between 45-50p in most other supermarkets. Likewise, 24 rolls of own-brand toilet paper is GBP2.70 at Mere, GBP5.79 in Aldi and GBP5.90 in Asda.

An 800g tin of peeled tomatoes is 39p in Mere - incredible value. Mere also sells a surprising number of branded goods.

Some of the branded goods available at the new supermarketSome of the branded goods available at the new supermarket (Dave Nelson)

These include Fairy washing up liquid, Shreddies cereal, Nescafe coffee, Pampers nappies and Lenor detergent. Mere also sells Cusheen and Luxe toilet paper, Maxsonic batteries, Reach sanitising wipes and Warrior energy drinks.

It claims to have around 1,200 products overall. But when you're actually shopping, 1,200 isn't as big a number as it sounds, and Mere doesn't stock a lot of things you'll likely need.

Some items don't translate too well - like these Tat tomatoesSome items don't translate too well - like these Tat tomatoes (Dave Nelson)

For starters, it doesn't sell fruit or vegetables, except in cans or dried. It also doesn't stock bread, milk or eggs.

At the moment Mere is great to visit occasionally and do a big shop for store cupboard essentials. But it's less useful if you only want to do one supermarket trip a week, as you'll need to top up elsewhere.

Russian retailer Mere , Ribbleton PrestonThere are also fridges and a walk-in chiller (Dave Nelson)

A further three Mere outlets are also planned this year - including two in Wales, in Mold and Caldicot, and another in Castleford in the north of England. In total, the discounter has said it wants to open 300 sites in the UK in the next eight to ten years - but no other locations have been confirmed as of yet.

Mere, which trades as Svetofor in Russia, has 3,200 stores internationally and opened its first European Mere store in 2018.

Countries it now operates in include Poland, Romania, Lithuania, Latvia and Ukraine.

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