Hedgehogs, holidays & heatwave hacks – this week's MSE Forum highlights

With the days being as soupy as they are across much of the UK, we've compiled a list of MSE Forum-sourced ideas for how to stay cool in a heatwave. Check 'em out and add your own, then tuck into the rest of this week's MSE Forum highlights.

Photo of the week

MSE Forumite plumduff55 knitted this intricately embellished baby set using Aran wool. You can see more such creations in the thread 2022 – No Craft Spending – I WILL bust my stash and make pretty things!!

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.

How to stay cool in a heatwave

Courtesy of the MoneySaving community, here are some cheap/free ideas for staying fresh 'n' cool despite the best efforts of the sun.

MSE Forumites have been sharing their ideas for keeping kids and pets cool in a heatwave

Meet one of our Ambassadors

Our volunteer Ambassadors are experienced MSE Forumites who keep things running smoothly, both from 9-5 and outside of it. We're not sure what we'd do without their help, frankly. Before Ambassadors, we had the similar 'Board Guide' programme in place.

This week, it's our pleasure to introduce you to heatherw_01, who focusses on the Shopping & Freebies, Overseas Holidays & Travel Planning and UK Holidays, Days Out & Entertainments.

I heard about MSE and Martin Lewis about 20 years ago. I always enjoyed hearing great MoneySaving tips, which was what got me into the site to start with. Plus all the other helpful information Martin provided.

I joined as a Board Guide back in April 2004 after spending time on the forum and was happy to help out as I know there is so much that would help others who are struggling. Especially at a time like this during a cost of living crisis.

Now I am chronically ill, disabled and can't work at all, so the MoneySaving tips I learned help me every day as I try my best to get by on just a couple of hundred pounds a month PIP. And the tips mean I can help others out too.

~ heatherw_01

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 keep evenly splitting restaurant bills even though we don't drink?

When we go out with friends, my partner and I split the food and drinks bill evenly with the group, though neither of us drinks alcohol. The groups we're part of can order multiple cocktails, bottles of wine and beers, which pushes the total cost up. Should we speak up and pay less, or just accept the equal split to keep the peace?

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.

Latest comping wins

One of the most frequented boards, Competitions Time, is where compers come to find and share competitions. There are countless success stories, but here are some of the most recent: a set of Aqua Gelz won by redfox5 and a Sharpies set won by Samjade97.

There've been some 'art-warming wins this week 

Your two cents

With summer wedding invites dropping through letterboxes, we'd like to know: Is it cheaper to get married abroad? Let us know your experiences.

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