New to the MSE Forum?

How to join, FAQs and more

MSE has recently updated the technology of the Forum, which will require you to reset your password if you were registered on or before 6 February 2020. For a step-by-step guide to logging in to the new Forum for the first time, click this link to skip down this page.

The Forum is a social network where users discuss bargains and consumer issues, free from people trying to sell them things.

It's an amazing place with a huge wealth of helpful info and friendly people. But remember it's open to all, content isn't officially checked out by MSE and anyone can post on it.

Millions read the forum and 100,000s post the equivalent of 30+ paperback books on it every day. With 150 boards and sub-boards, it's a wealth of information with a huge community of MoneySavers, including...

So now you've decided to join the Forum, log in and join in!

If you have your own question to ask, click through to the forum board you want to ask it on, eg, House Buying, Renting & Selling, click the bright pink 'new thread' button at the top left of the board, write your question and submit it.

If you want to join in with an existing conversation, click the 'reply' button at the bottom of the discussion thread, write your reply and submit.

If you're looking for discussions about specific subjects, our advanced search will help you. Just complete the fields as appropriate.

Remember too that forumites mustn't do anything to spoil others' enjoyment of the site. Please exercise caution, do your own research and report any post or private message (PM) that you feel is inappropriate, illegal or offensive to

Please read and stick to the MSE Forum rules

We're a very friendly forum – a community of MoneySavers all here to help each other save money in a welcoming, non-judgemental environment.

To keep it friendly, we have an overarching set of Forum Rules. Please help us help you by reading them carefully before you join.

Welcome to the MSE Forum!

Joined on or before 6th February 2020? You need to reset your password to log in

The MSE Forum tech was upgraded on 7th February 2020 and we moved all 1.9 million user accounts across to new Forum software. For security reasons, we did not transfer passwords across so they will need to be reset when you first log in (that's only if you registered before the move started on 6 February 2020).

If you have not yet logged in to the new Forum, you will need to enter the email address associated with your account into the password recover form to request a new password. You will then receive instructions and a link to reset your password by email.

  • Check your 'Junk' or 'Spam' folders as sometimes email can be incorrectly sent to these folders. Password recovery emails are sent from so make sure this is added to your email 'white list' or 'approved senders' lists and try again.

    If you still do not receive an email, send a message to and one of our team will help you as soon as possible.

    Please note: the team expect to be very busy in the first weeks and months after launching the new Forum so bear with them...they'll help you as soon as they can.

  • Before the Forum move we emailed everyone with an account to ask them to check their email address was up to date. We also put messages on the Forum and put a note in the Weekly Tip email to make sure everyone was aware.

    If you have tried the password recovery form but your email address cannot be found, please try other email addresses you may have registered your account using.

    If you are still unable to recover your account, email with your Forum username for assistance.

    For data protection reasons we are only able to help with accounts where the username and email addresses match. If you use a different email address to contact us, we won't be able to verify you are the owner of the account.

    Please note: the team expect to be very busy in the first weeks and months after launching the new Forum so bear with them...they'll help you as soon as they can.

  • Your Forum account and weekly email subscription are separate things. While you can use the same email for both, it is your choice and MSE do not currently connect the two together.

    Just because you receive the weekly email does not mean you have an account on the Forum or, if you do have an account, that the email address you used to register is the same for both.

How to use the forum

  • To post on the forum, you will need to join by creating an account. When you have joined and are logged into the forum you can create your own posts (called 'Threads') or post replies to other people's threads.

    To start a new thread, click the 'New Discussion' button at the top of the forum screen. Your thread will be created in the board you are currently looking at.

    New Thread button

    If you are on the homepage, you will have to choose where your thread is posted using the drop-down selection. If you're already in a board, the thread will be posted there.


    To create a poll, click the arrow at the right of 'New Thread' and select 'New Poll' from the drop-down.


    To reply to someone else's thread, you can click the 'New Post' button within a thread or scroll to the bottom and type your message.


    You can quote other people in your replies by clicking the 'Quote' button on someone's post.



    You can click this button as many times as you want as you scroll down in a thread and all the replies will be waiting for you in the message box at the bottom of the page.


  • The forum search box sits at the top of every page on the forum. By default it searches the entire forum.


    If you want to narrow your search down to specific boards, dates or members, click the 'Advanced Search' link to be shown additional options.


    You can also search within threads and posts within the thread

  • You can send and receive private messages. To view your messages, click the 'Messages' icon at the top of the forum. You will see the latest messages you have received. To see more, click 'All Messages'.


    You can send a new message by clicking the icon in the top right.


    Using a mobile, you will need to click the 'Profile' icon to open the mobile menu. 'Messaging' will appear on the 'Me bar' at the bottom of the header.


    When reading messages, you can reply by typing in the message box and clicking 'Send'


    To create a new message, leave the current conversation and stop receiving replies, see who is included in the message and add new people to the message, use the panel on the left.


    IMPORTANT NOTE: If you add someone to a message, they will be able to see the full message history


  • You can 'Favourite' a board in two ways. The first is by clicking the cog icon on the Board listing pages and clicking 'Favourite'.


    The second is by clicking the 'Favourite' button on top of the board when you are already within it


    If a Board is already in your favourites, this will change from 'Favourite' to 'Favourited' and clicking it will remove the board from your list of favourites.

    You can filter the boards shown on the homepage and 'New Posts' page to only show your favourite boards by clicking the 'All / Favourites' switch.