Ants, acoustic fencing & affordable skincare – this week's MSE Forum highlights

Whether you crave Antipodean confectionary or want to find affordable skincare products for use after the menopause, the MSE Forum is the place to come. Here are some of the latest highlights.  

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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 my son ask for another pay rise on top of his recent one?

My son's 22 and works in a salaried role. His pay began just above the national minimum wage. Following his last performance review, he was given a percentage pay increase as recognition for his efforts. But with the national minimum wage having increased last month, and the top rate now being paid from the age of 21 instead of 23, the pay increase he worked hard for has effectively been cancelled out. Should he ask for another increase to compensate for this?

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

On our Old-style MoneySaving board, Forumites love to share what they're cooking each day. Frith posted this pic of their homemade pizza, potato salad and home-grown lettuce from the garden. If you need culinary inspiration, there's 1,500 pages of ideas on this thread alone.

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Latest comping wins

After a spell without many comping wins, Sarahd123 is celebrating four prizes in a fortnight. Can you beat that? 

Forumite Rupacomp was very happy to receive the Fossil dive watch pictured below.

This timepiece was delivered to one Forumite this week

Your two cents

If you claim Housing Benefit and receive tax credits, you might be among those 'migrating' to Universal Credit, as the next phase of the transition kicked in this week. Our Benefits & tax credits board is a great place to get non-judgmental answers to any questions about what you could be entitled to, from knowledgable Forumites who have years of experience of the system.

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