Creaky floors, chatty solicitors and chicken tikka – this week's MSE Forum highlights
With important news about benefits, childcare support, energy bills and pensions in the Chancellor's Budget this week, it's been a busy week on the MSE Forum.
Whilst Martin and MSE's newshounds have put together a comprehensive roundup of what the Budget means for your wallet, Forumites have been teasing out the finer implications on our Benefits & tax credits, Energy and Pensions, annuities & retirement planning boards. If you've got a question about anything announced in the Budget, the Forum can help you find answers.
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A few of this week's top threads
Here are some of the discussions that caught our eye this week:
- My solicitor is very talkative and I'm worried it's costing me money
- Would you eat this chicken?
- I’m nearly 60 and ordered two bottles of wine to be delivered but the courier wouldn’t hand them over without photo ID
- I'm in the market for a new toilet - what would you recommend?
- How can I upcycle the denim from my old jeans to make something that's practical and not just decorative?
Forumites are sharing their ideas for upcycling denim from old pairs of jeans
- I’m always leaving my bag places – is there some kind of audible alarm/alert device I can wear to help?
- Knowledge gleaned from the Forum gave me confidence to help my friend resolve her housing problem
- Can I make chicken tikka masala in a slow cooker?
- What are your tips for living in a house with a creaky floor?
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 ask the bride & groom to help with the cost of attending the wedding?
My wife agreed to be her friend's maid of honour, but the bride has since divulged that the wedding will be in Cyprus. It will cost more than £2,000 to attend, and mutual friends have declined invites because of this, so we won't know anyone else there. Given the bride was my wife's maid of honour, and we got married locally and paid for as much as we could at the time, should we ask the bride and groom to make a contribution towards our costs?
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.
Latest comping wins
Competitions Time is one of the busiest parts of the Forum. We love to hear success stories. This week, 1972 won a holiday for two to Ibiza from an Instagram competition.
One Forumite will soon be heading to a beach like this after winning a competition posted on MSE
Your two cents
Which formerly ubiquitous products do you find harder to track down in the supermarket these days? One Forumite has noticed that while steak-and-ale and steak-and-mushroom combos are everywhere, fewer places offer an old-fashioned steak and kidney pie. Tell us which foodstuffs you'd love to see back on the shelves.
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