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.

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.

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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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