Hippos, robots & comfort cake – this week's MSE Forum highlights
Picture tens of thousands of fingertips tapping away at keyboards and mobile phone screens, posing questions, doling out ideas and gifting words of support. Welcome to the MSE Forum. Here 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:
- What have been your weirdest experiences when viewing properties?
- Thinking of getting a robot lawn mower – how do they deal with obstacles like trampolines and swings?
- My partner and I are moving in together along with our collective four children – what are some saving tips for blended families?
- Give us your best eBay selling tips
- What are the ongoing costs of a dog?
- Could you assemble a flat-pack cupboard in 30 seconds?
Got any tips for a first-time car boot seller?
- Why is one partner in a couple always less financially savvy than the other?
- What's your advice for a first-time car boot seller?
- Alternative cheap bedding for rabbits
- I'm buying a house but my solicitor and financial adviser can't agree. I spend my days calling one to sort a problem, then calling the other and going back to square one, then eating comfort cake. Please help before I cause a local cake shortage
Photos of the week
This week, a handsome hippo wins the top spot.
Please note: We love seeing your photos in the MSE Forum, but if you're uploading one, make sure it doesn't include any personally identifiable information such as your face or address.
Forumite Gem-gem posted these pictures of her handmade knit with the comment: "Finished the mini-hippo today. He is now all wrapped up – ready to go to a little boy who is eight months old". For more fabric-focussed content, see the 2022 Fashion on the Ration Challenge thread.
MSE's new Heat the human not the home guide suggests ways to stay warm and save energy amid soaring energy costs. Many of the tips come from the MSE Forum. For example, mumtoomany shared: "When sitting down, sit in a sleeping bag, at least your bottom half. Even better if you put a hot water bottle in the bottom. Warm with no draughts".
Have a read, then let us know anything we've missed in the Discuss the 'Heat the human not the home' guide thread.
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.
Is it wrong to buy and sell on a lamp that may be worth more than the owner thinks?
I've haggled the cost of a 'marble' lamp I found online down from £10 to £8, but what the seller thinks is marble I believe to be serpentine, and these lamps easily sell for £30 or more. Would it be wrong to buy it then sell it on for a profit without telling the seller what I think it's really made of?
You can find out what our 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
It's Easter next week (Sunday 17 April). We're keen to know about Easter bargains you've spotted as well as any vegan egg deals, and whether you've ever tried making your own chocolate eggs. If you've got an Easter-themed MoneySaving idea and can't see anywhere relevant to add it, why not start a new thread?
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