Meat, mail & maternity – this week's MSE Forum highlights

Tips, tricks, tales and talk. Another week of MSE Forum highlights.

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New blog

You can read a summary of the MSE Forum's Ask An Expert: Energy event via our new blog. The fifth event of its kind, it saw MSE Andrew and MSE Clare from the Utilities team answering your energy questions.

Photos of the week

Forumite YoungBlueEyes posted a special find in the Shop Charity in '23 thread: these framed Winnie the Pooh pencil illustrations. It turned out, thanks to the input of the thread's regulars and a specialist outside the MSE Forum, that they're replicas and weren't drawn by the original artist. The outcome wasn't a disappointment for YoungBlueEyes, who wrote, "I'm happy just to have pictures that I like looking at".

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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.

I'm a rail worker - should I report my friend for dodging fares?

I've recently learned one of my friends has been deliberately evading train fares for some time by 'short faring' - buying tickets for only part of the journeys he makes. Should I report him to the train firm concerned, which could lead to him being issued a penalty fare notice or even being taken to court? Or should I turn a blind eye as he's a friend, even though he's effectively damaging the industry I work in?

See what our MSE Forumites had to say and add your own thoughts on the Money Moral Dilemma discussion thread. Do please stick to 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 bustling Competitions Time board is a hub for compers to share and discover opportunities to win prizes. We spot new successes every day. This week, Haribobo19 won a Nintendo Switch game, refox5 won a £250 jewellery voucher and LizB62 bagged a £50 Amazon voucher. Well done, all.

Your two cents

With so many new mobile handsets launching at the moment (from the iPhone 15 to all sorts of new-gen flip phones), we'd like to know: how old is your handset? We've already heard from people who've kept the same mobile for over a decade and say it's still going strong. Can you beat them?

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