Lights, lodgers & Lidl trainers – this week's MSE Forum highlights

In the week that brought us the Chancellor's mini-budget, the MSE Forum was as chocka as ever with MoneySaving tips, support and questions. Here are a few highlights.

Photos of the week

The Charity Shopping - New to You in '22! thread is a trove of second-hand inspo. This week, Potternerd picked up these classy garms for a total of £3.

Over on the Debt free diaries board, RelievedSheff documented their trip to the coast, accompanied by their dog. There's nothing like getting a bit of blue sky in your eyes once in a while.

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 tell my lodger he's using too much water and energy or increase his rent?

I let my spare room, with the rent including household bills as it makes life easier. However, my current lodger uses an insane amount of water - he takes 45-minute showers, and leaves the tap running when he's doing the dishes or shaving. I've left out a washing up bowl and plugs for him, but he hasn't taken the hint. As well as being wasteful, given the energy price rises (it's hot water he's using), it's becoming a financial issue too. Do I tell him to use less or should I put the rent up?

You can find out what our MSE Forumites think and add your own two cents on the Money Moral Dilemma discussion thread. Heed the MSE Forum rules: keep it kind and keep it clean. Remember, there's a real person behind every Money Moral Dilemma.

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Latest comping wins

One of the most frequented boards, Competitions Time, is where compers come to find and share competitions. There are always plenty of success stories. This week, congratulations are due to Ms_Dee, who won a £100 Amazon gift card from National Express.

We wanted to flag this charming win from a couple of weeks ago too (the weekly highlights blog was on hiatus at the time): JennyWren29 won a Classic FM giveaway and enjoyed a three-night stay at the Coniston Hotel in the Yorkshire Dales, plus a steam train experience (pictured below).

Your two cents

On 23 September, the Chancellor announced some tax cuts and other measures as part of its mini-budget to combat the cost of living crisis. Share your thoughts in the Mini-budget 2022 thread.

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