Books, benefits & baby booties – this week's MSE Forum highlights

What scandals and triumphs will this week's MSE Forum highlights round-up unearth? Read on; find out.

Ask An Expert: Scams

This is a quick reminder to check out the MSE Forum's most recent Ask An Expert event, which saw MSE Katie, our in-house scams expert, answer your questions on scams.

Questions include, "How do I report WhatsApp scams that pretend to be from my family?" and "Why are there so many scams around and what's being done about them?"

Photo of the week

The excellent 2023 No Craft Spending thread is the place for crafty support and inspiration.  This week, plumduff55 finished knitting a quilt and several pairs of booties for a newborn baby girl.

This MSE Forumite is handy with a pair of knitting needles

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.

What should I do with the money I was overpaid for the Christmas party I organised?

Before Christmas, I organised a party at a restaurant for about 35 people. I paid the bill on my credit card, which worked out at £29.15 each, then most people transferred money to me electronically afterwards. Many rounded up what they owed to £30, meaning I now have an extra £25. But I don't feel right keeping the money, and I'm not sure what to do with it.

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, redfox5 posted pictures of their four recent book wins.

Your two cents

Got an idea for a free or cheap date for Valentine's Day, or for any other occasion? Pop it on the Going out deals board and share the wisdom.

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