Neighbours, nuptials & knitting needles – this week's MSE Forum highlights

The MSE Forum hive mind has been busy posing and answering questions, sharing anecdotes and uploading pictures. Here are a few of this week's highlights.

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New blog

Inspired by the ongoing Foodbank Donation Thread, we put together a new blog: Foodbank donation tips. Our friends at anti-poverty charity the Trussell Trust helped us with some extra information. 

Learn how to maximise your donations, find out what your local foodbank needs, save money on the items you buy and more. Got tips or questions of your own? Head to the Foodbank Donation Thread and get involved.

Photo of the week

How impressive is this handcrafted rag doll, brought into being by the talents of Florenceem? Named Flossy, the doll stands at 15 inches tall. See more like this in the No Craft Spending thread.

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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.

Is it fair I pay to repair a leaking water pipe that only supplies our neighbours?

I live in a semi-detached house where the water supply used to be shared with the house next door through a lead pipe. I put in a plastic pipe with a new stopcock to provide water to our house 25 years ago. But the lead pipe (that now only feeds the house next door) passes through my property and has developed a leak. I contacted a plumber who quoted me £650 to repair it. My neighbours are refusing to share the cost, but should I have to pay for 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 dilemma.

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Latest comping wins

The Competitions Time board remains one of the busiest corners of the community, with dedicated compers sharing and discovering opportunities to win prizes. Here are a few examples from the most recent successes: kimthomasandaimee won £1000 to spend at Berghaus, Rebbie scored £200 from Bella magazine and Maro1586 won tickets to see Satinder Sartaaj in concert in Birmingham.

One lucky comper won tickets to a concert at Utilita Arena, Birmingham

Your two cents

Do you use the MSE Forum for comping? If so, how would you feel about a new tagging system for filtering competitions by type? We're keen for your thoughts and ideas, so please drop them in the thread.

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