Vanilla, veg & vexatious neighbours – this week's MSE Forum highlights

If you're a regular community member, why not challenge yourself to tread some new boards? Usually on the Budgeting & bank accounts? Why not see what the Old style MoneySaving section's all about? It's a big 'ol place, as this week's MSE Forum highlights can attest to.

Ask An Expert: what we learned

Last week we told you about the MSE Forum's first Ask An Expert event. Themed around energy, it was a chance for people to put their gas and lecky questions to Gary and Andrew from MSE's Utilities team.

We've put together a blog, Ask An Expert: Energy, to explore a little of what we learned, including what the most popular questions were and a sample of expert answers. There's space in the comments section at the bottom of that blog for you to leave your thoughts. If you'd like to see a future Ask An Expert event on a particular topic, we're keen to hear.

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 use my work perk towards household food shopping, or keep it for myself?

My partner and I have always split bills and rent based on our earnings, so he paid more when I earned less, though we now earn about the same. As a work perk, I get a prepaid card topped up with £200 a month as a 'lunch allowance', but I can spend it anywhere. Sometimes I use it to pick up food shops for us both, but it's got me wondering... should I keep it for my lunches, or should I do our food shops on it to make up for when my partner was paying more towards bills?

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, redfox5 posted a picture of the Bide laundry powder and socks they won through an Instagram comp.

Your two cents

Planning on going to university this year, or have some tips for those who are? A mature student started the useful thread 38 and going to uni! in order to compile a list of the things they'd need to bring. Got something to add? Join in the conversation by posting a comment.

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