Kids, clubs & kettles – this week's MSE Forum highlights

Like a long-running soap opera, the MSE Forum continues to deliver both drama and light relief. Here are the week's highlights.

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 keep splitting restaurant bills with friends that have kids, even though we don't have any?

For many years, we've socialised as a couple with a large group, which now includes many children of all ages. We're the only couple that don't have kids. We've always split restaurant bills equally, yet now some of the older kids eat more than the grown-ups and soft drinks can cost the same as alcoholic ones. Should we continue to subsidise the others' children, or ask that the bills be divided more fairly and risk causing disharmony in the group?

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 saw several foodie wins: Sarahd123 won afternoon tea for two at London's Hard Rock Hotel, and kitster2222 bagged a three-course meal for four at Sparrow in Mayfair.

Your two cents

If your New Year resolutions encompass going greener spending less or supporting good causes, you might like to join the Shop Charity in '23! thread. Forumites are sharing their hauls and savings, often with photos.

If you're not a member yet, it's easy to register for the MSE Forum.