Bees, budgets & bed slats – this week's MSE Forum highlights
It's a slightly slenderer MSE Forum highlights round-up this time, what with the Platinum Jubilee cutting the working week short. Nonetheless, it's a good'un. Here's a skim of what's been happening in the community this week.
We're always scouring for useful, interesting or cheering threads. A few that caught our eye this week:
- I live in a mobile home park and don’t see how I’ll receive the £400 energy grant – most of us living here are pensioners, for whom the grant would be a huge help
- Got any bee-themed crafting ideas I can use for a charity fundraiser?
- My old flatmate hasn't paid council tax – now bailiffs are contacting me
- I trimmed down my aloe vera plant – what can I use the sap for, and how long can it be stored?
Your bee-themed craft ideas are needed
- Flowerbeds, windchimes... what can I make out of a load of old bed slats?
- Here's how I get the whole family involved and incentivised to push down our electricity usage
- My daughter booked an Airbnb to attend a cosplay convention but the boiler was broken when they arrived so the booking was cancelled, but Airbnb will only give them a small portion of the cost back
New month, new challenge
New challenges are springing up across the MSE Forum to ring in the start of a new month. If you need to give your finances a little TLC, you might like to join in and benefit from the support and accountability of the community.
June Grocery Challenge
Work out your budget for the month and stick to it.
Challenge to make an extra £10 a day in June 2022
Glean inspiration and support as you work to boost your income by a tenner.
No Buying Unnecessary Toiletries June 2022
Keep up the pampering while lowering the spending. Use up the toiletries you've got while learning ways to repurpose or sell off the ones you don't want, as well as other tips.
Money Moral Dilemma
Every week, the Money Tips email features a real-life Money Moral Dilemma (MMD for short). They're intended to encourage debate and, as such, they're usually among the most discussed threads each week.
Should I get my brother a cheaper cupboard and use the money saved to pay for fuel?
My brother wants to buy a cupboard from a well-known furniture retailer. Delivery's £40, but I live close to a store so he's asked me to buy it for him and drive it the 50 miles to his house! I've seen the same cupboard for collection for half the price on an online marketplace. Should I get that for him and keep the money saved to pay for my petrol, and my time?
You can find out what our MSE Forumites think and add your own two cents on the Money Moral Dilemma discussion thread. Remember the MSE Forum rules: keep it kind and keep it clean. Remember, there's a real person behind every Money Moral Dilemma.
Got a Money Moral Dilemma of your own? Email us at MMD@moneysavingexpert.com and it could be featured.
Your two cents
Following the Government's announcement about the £400 energy grant, which will no longer be a loan that has to be paid back, we want to know: are you worried you won't be able to receive it for any reason? Let us know your situation by adding to a relevant conversation on the Energy board. If there's nothing that fits, start a new thread of your own.
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