Commas, kittens & cash prizes – this week's MSE Forum highlights

Alongside the usual crowdsourced tips and tricks, this week saw the launch of the MSE Forum's Ask An Expert event, where posters could put their energy questions to a couple of members of our Utilities team. Read about this and more in the week's MSE Forum highlights.

The MSE Forum 'Ask An Expert' event

Between Tuesday and Thursday, we ran an Ask An Expert event on a brand new, dedicated board. The topic was energy. For the first couple of days, people could post their questions, then on Thursday, MSE Gary and MSE Andrew from the Utilities team went through and answered some of them. Questions included how to decide if you should take a fixed deal, what a 'typical bill' really means, what's being done to try to solve the energy crisis and more.

Take a look around the Ask An Expert board and, if the urge strikes you, join in the conversations.

Got ideas about what other kinds of expert you'd like to see on future events? Let us know by emailing

Photo of the week

While starting her own diary on the Debt-free diaries board, daintydaisy suggested it should be obligatory for all cat owner posters to "provide cat tax". She duly posted a photo of her handsome boy Todd. Be careful about falling too deeply into those eyes.

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.

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 make money from clothing I'm morally opposed to wearing?

I bought a cute top from a charity shop for £1.50, but when I got home I realised it's partly made from silk – a material I don't wear because of the way it's made. I've looked the top up online and found I could sell it for £15ish. I'm struggling for cash with the cost of living going up, so selling it would help, but is it wrong to make money from it given I'm morally opposed to the way it was made?

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 and it could be featured.

Latest comping wins

One of the most frequented boards, Competitions Time, is where compers come to find and share competitions. We love reading the (constant) success stories. This week saw a very juicy win for becks171, who scored a cool £12,500 via Absolute Radio's Summer Payday. They gave a special shout out to Comping_Rich, who'd posted the competition.

Thank you Misslayed for spotting this top-tier win and flagging it to us.

Elsewhere, mmm_wine won this selection of Minions goodies.

Your two cents

With the high temperatures lingering across the UK, we'd like to know how do you keep your garden green during a heatwave while saving water and cash? Please join the conversation and share your tips, or pick up some new ones.

If you're not a member yet, it's easy to register for the MSE Forum.