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.

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 and it could be featured.

Latest comping wins

One of our busiest sections, the Competitions Time board is where compers come to find and share competitions. There are always plenty of success stories. This week, Pinkyp won a 5-star Majorca holiday for two, while Chocolabs won £250 in cash.

Your two cents

With Halloween a couple of weeks away, we'd love your spookiest 'No spend' Halloween costume ideas. Know how to create an illusion trick using make-up, or whip up a fake scar using ingredients from the kitchen cupboard? Click on the link above and sling 'em in the chat.

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