Paperbacks, packaging & Peru – this week's MSE Forum highlights

Since its birth in 2003, the MSE Forum has inspired, supported and informed a unique community of MoneySavers. Here are a few of this week's highlights.

Photo of the week

It's another bit of flora from the Greenfingered MoneySaving board this week. These dreamy dahlias in the afternoon light were posted by RAS.

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 we walk away from the window fitter who won't fit our windows?

A year ago, we hired a tradesperson to fit a window and patio doors. He tells us he's had them made, but he still hasn't fitted them, and only responds to calls and messages to give reasons why he can't do the job. Winter's approaching and we want this done to stop draughts - we've asked other tradespeople, but they say they won't fit windows or doors they've not personally measured up. We've not paid anything yet, and don't want to leave him out of pocket, but we need this sorted. Should we keep trying to contact our absentee window fitter or walk away?

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 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, redfox won these two books, as well as a £25 cash prize from Take a Break magazine.

Your two cents

Got any hauntingly good ideas for no-bake Halloween snacks? From cocktail-sausage fingers to candy floss spider webs, there are lots of ways you can keep party guests and trick-or-treaters happy with frugal, easy food. Add your suggestions to the Ideas for no-oven Halloween snacks? thread.

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