Birds, boxes & birthday bashes – this week's MSE Forum highlights
Pretty pictures and odd anecdotes abound in this week's MSE Forum highlights. We hope you'll be inspired to join in some of these conversations yourself.
We're on constant alert for handy, interesting or cheering threads. A few that caught our eye this week:
- What's the etiquette for school birthday parties?
- We’ve had landscapers in and they’ve damaged our neighbour’s garage. Who's liable?
- We reserved a hotel room for Eurovision night at £143. The hotel rang to say it should be £400, but offered to discount it to £385. Do we have any rights to the rate on our booking confirmation?
- I ordered an Apple Watch via Amazon and received an empty box
Can you suggest some suitable foods to give to wild birds?
- I plan on living in an Airbnb for the next 6-12 months while my divorce is settled. Are there any pitfalls?
- British Gas back billed me £2,000, which I paid in a blind panic – since the bill relates to the last two years, was I wrong to pay up?
- Where can I buy Golden Wonder Chippies Chip Shop Curry Flavour Potato Sticks?
- My shea butter has turned the consistency of candle wax
- What can I feed to wild birds?
Photos of the week
Each Friday, as it gets steadily chillier, I think it will be our last chance to peek at Forumite's blooming gardens, yet the flowers and greenery pictures continue week after week. Here are goldfinches' raindrop-bejewelled nasturtiums and Woolsery's fuchsia. See more like this on the fertile land that is the Greenfingered MoneySaving board.
Important: we're big fans of your photos so please keep 'em coming, but make sure they don't contain any personally identifiable information such as your face or your 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.
Should I ask my friend for money after he sold the car we gave him?
A friend was made redundant and couldn't find work locally, and wasn't able to look further afield as he didn't have a car. My wife had begun working from home, so we offered him her car for free - it was old, but had no problems. A few weeks later, he told us he'd scrapped the car because it needed work done that he couldn't afford. Yet I've now found out he sold it and I feel he's taken advantage of our generosity. He's still not found work, but should we ask him for the money he made selling the car?
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.
Got a Money Moral Dilemma of your own? Email us at MMD@moneysavingexpert.com and it could be featured.
Your two cents
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