What to read right now…

There are some big changes for pension auto-enrollment.

Which? has revealed the best places in the UK to retire to – although given recent trends, you may also want to look at whether the local council is teetering on bankruptcy.

And an aside, here are some things to think about if you, like me, consider property part of your retirement plan.

For those still working, businesses are trying to tempt workers back into the office with all sorts of carrot and stick measures.

Meanwhile, the number of people on sick leave is at a 10 year high – a good time to resurface this piece on sick pay for the self employed.

The deal that’s a steal…

Looking to stock up on beauty products and accessories?

LookFantastic* currently have up to 40% off selected products (and occasionally more). You can also get an extra 10% off by using the code EXTRA10 at check out.

Some of the best deals include this Eyeko brow grooming kit*, which normally retails for £25 but is now £10.

Or the Illamasqua foundation brush*, which is now £8.40, down from £28. Lots of their other brushes are discounted as well.

And an actual freebie…

The National Theatre has released 3,600 free tickets to its shows in October to celebrate its 60th anniversary.

The tickets are only available for those aged 16 to 25, and you’ll need to show proof of age.

You can choose from The Father and the Assassin, Death of England: Closing Time, The Effect and The Confessions playing at the South Bank; or The Ocean at the End of the Lane and Dear England playing in the West End.

There are 60 free tickets per show, and each person can order up to two tickets.

If you only do one thing…

Get your will drawn up because Free Wills Month is back.

Essentially for the month of October, you can get a simple will drawn up or updated if you’re over 55 and live in England, Wales or Northern Ireland (but not Scotland).

The initiative comes from a few charities, which cover the fees for the wills in the hope that you’ll also leave them something – although you’re under no obligation to.

For more complex wills, you’ll have to pay for the balance of the cost of drawing up the will yourself.

To get a list of participating solicitors, just fill in your details on the Free Wills Month website.

Appointments are very much first come, first served so it’s best to get in as early as possible.