Carpets, cats & custard – this week's MSE Forum highlights

As we spring forward into summer time, the MSE Forum is a great place to come with your gardening and food-growing queries. 

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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.

How should my wife deal with sharing meal costs at her new job?

My wife started a new job that involves frequent overnight trips. On the first trip, she went out for a meal with her co-workers, most of whom had three courses and shared several bottles of wine. My wife's not a big eater or drinker, and had a starter, main and one beer, which cost £30. When the bill came, the others wanted to split it equally, £43 each. My wife paid it as she didn't want to come across as 'tight', yet meals like this are likely to be frequent, and at this rate she'll be significantly out of pocket. What would you do - say something, or accept paying more to keep in with new colleagues?

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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Photo of the week

British Summer Time begins this weekend and GreenBucket24 has brightened our week with these photos of the late winter blooms in their garden. 

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Latest comping wins

This week we're celebrating the news that Molkomad is off to Portugal for a family holiday after winning a Jet2 competition. 

Meanwhile Hammia is £1,000 better off after winning a Pot Noodle competition they saw on the Forum.  Well done to all this week's winners.

One Forumite is looking forward to a break in Portugal

Your two cents

This week we made some small changes to our extremely popular Competitions boards to pave the way for future improvements. Find out more about the tweaks in MSE_Stephen's post, and tell us what you think. 

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