Selfies, stamps & sandwich makers – this week's MSE Forum highlights
Like an industrious beehive, the MSE Forum runs on community spirit. Fly in for MoneySaving tips, support, light relief or a sympathetic ear. Below are a few of this week's highlights.
We're always scouring for useful, interesting or cheering threads. A few that caught our eye this week:
- First-time buyers: what’s the first thing to do after getting the keys?
- The executor of my relative’s will isn’t doing any of the things they’re supposed to, and when challenged they say, “She didn’t like you anyway”. What do I do?
- I bought an oil painting imitation of a Klimt favourite, but what arrived in the post is laughable. It's from a US site – what are my chances of a refund?
- Anyone else tried making a DIY tennis court in the backyard? Here's mine
- Please recommend the best free password manager for my technophobe mother
- When buying a puppy from a licensed breeder, what sort of things should you check for?
Can you tell which one's the Klimt imitation?
- Ever checked your gutters using a selfie stick?
- This company will print missing pet posters for free
- I have way too much money tied up in stamps. I’ve seen websites that offer to buy stamps – are they legit?
- Preheating the oven – what can we do with this wasted heat?
- Can you recommend a deal on a 4-in-1 sandwich waffle panini egg maker? I intend to get good use out of it
- What's the best floor of a flat to live on?
- Please give me some MoneySaving ideas around holidays for disabled people
Success of the week
This week's uplifting story was spotted by MSE Forum Ambassador Misslayed. Entitled Thank you..., it details one MSE Forumite's success in researching their pension, and their gratitude to all the helpful people posting about the topic.
I’ve been researching options for my pension for a little while and feel I’ve understood the key issues. I’d more or less completed my research when I found this forum, and what I’ve read here (across many posts) has confirmed and validated my research, and answered one or two things I still wasn’t totally sure about.
What struck me, reading through many, many pages of posts, was what an amazing group of people are posting to this forum. In the many hundreds (or thousands) of posts I’ve read, I can’t recall seeing any advice given that wasn’t right, any trolling, impatience, rudeness or arrogance. Just loads and loads of helpful, accurate, patient bits of wise advice.
Money and finance can be frightening and overly complicated. A friendly forum that helps people, with overwhelmingly wise advice, is a genuinely wonderful thing.
I think you should all give yourselves a pat on the back. Thank you, both for helping me, and for helping many others.
Photo of the week
Can you identify this plant for MSE Forumite Farway, spotted on a trip to RHS Wisley?
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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 we pay less for our holiday because our friend got cashback for booking it?
I'm going on holiday with a large group of friends, and one of them volunteered to book it for all of us as he gets cashback on his card. Should we each reimburse him less so we benefit too, or just let it go and see it as a 'booker's benefit' for sorting the admin?
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.