Beef, bicycles & birthday cupcakes – this week's MSE Forum highlights

Food seems to have been the biggest talking point on the MSE Forum recently, so let's tuck in to some of the tastiest morsels.

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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 pay my colleague for the ticket I thought she'd given me for for free?
On a recent work trip, I was asked if I wanted to join an excursion some of the colleagues I was there with were going on. It cost £100 and, as I didn't feel I'd enjoy it enough, I declined. Then my colleague who organised the trip couldn't make it, and as the ticket was non-refundable, it was suggested I use it, and my colleague sent it to me. As expected, the excursion wasn't my thing, but I felt bad for my colleague so asked her if I could make a contribution to the cost. To my horror, she asked for the full £100. Should I pay her in full to keep the peace, or stick to the principle that I only went on the trip because I thought it was free?

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 ever-busy Competitions Time board is where compers share new opportunities to win prizes. We read success stories every day. Recently, j484r.kh4n won an amazing combo including a 43-inch smart TV, £500 and a bundle of sweets. And Yomple was amazed this week to receive £100 as a prize for a crossword they entered way back in 2021.

Completing a crossword back in 2021 led to a payout for one Forumite this week

Your two cents

Black Friday is coming up next week and many retailers are already offering discounts. Which deals and duds have you spotted? If you're tempted to spend, remember to check the Money Mantras before you part with your cash.

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