Romans, retirees & rent – this week's MSE Forum highlights
What's the buzz about nesting wasps, and where can one be enlightened about the Enlightenment? Find out in the latest MSE Forum highlights instalment.
These are the conversations that stood out to us for being useful, interesting or giving us a chuckle.
- My landlady's given me a bad reference and I’ve been rejected for the rental I wanted. I never missed rent, I left the place clean and I got my full deposit back, so what’s going on?
- Retirees, what do you do with all your time?
- There’s a wasp nest in the eaves and a constant buzzing in our converted attic room. Should I break through the wall, or leave it be?
- I’m bringing my Aussie wife and kids to England for a DIY history tour – what would you suggest for things to do with the Romans, Vikings, Enlightenment etc?
Bronze statue of Roman Emperor Trajan at Tower Hill, London
- Booking.com “upgraded” Mum to a different Belfast apartment... a mile away from her original booking and of worse quality – what are her rights?
- How can we fix these uneven walls ourselves without bringing in a pro plasterer?
- My elderly neighbour is being chased by debt collectors for two mobile phone contracts he never took out. How can I help him fight this?
- I’m unimpressed with my new iPhone 15
- I’ve started cross stitching and fancy a lamp with a magnifying glass. Can you recommend one?
Photo of the week
Further floral magnificence from the Awful weather – typical Brits talk thread, which revolves around gardening. This dahlia lives in Dustyevsky's mother-in-law's garden.
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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.
Should I challenge my daughter's school over requiring pricier uniform with logos?
My daughter is starting at a secondary school that requires pupils to wear blazers, skirts and trousers with its logo on. Trousers with the logo on are up to £16 a pair. In contrast, you can get two pairs of school trousers for £12 from a well-known retailer. Government guidance says "schools should keep branded items to a minimum and limit their use to low cost or long-lasting items". I asked about this and got a fudged answer. I want a good relationship with the school and don't want my daughter disadvantaged by me kicking up a fuss, so should I grin and bear it and find the money to buy the required uniform, or take it further?
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.
Got a Money Moral Dilemma of your own? Email us at MMD@moneysavingexpert.com and it could be featured.
Latest comping wins
The ever-popular Competitions Time board is where compers come to share and discover opportunities to win prizes. New successes are a daily occurrence. This week, redfox5 had a blinder, with (clockwise from bottom left) a Good Gracious beauty bundle, a copy of the book Secrets of the Vampire, Miracle-Gro lawn feed and a Harper Collins book bundle.
Each year, MSE Forumites let us know when they start to turn their heating on via the Is your heating ON or OFF? thread. With the cold weather creeping in, the thread has begun to take off again. Jump into the chat and let us know if you're heating your home yet.
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