Passports, patios & prom dresses – this week's MSE Forum highlights

What's been going on in the MSE Forum lately? Here are a few of the topics that have sparked discussion and MoneySaving insight this week.

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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 ask my ex-fiancée if I can have the engagement ring I gave her back?

I asked my (then) girlfriend to marry me and she said yes, but not long after she changed her mind, and we soon broke up. No one was to blame; we just grew apart. We have two children together and we're still on good terms. I have some money struggles - nothing too bad but it will take some time to pay off what I owe. I hadn’t asked my ex for the engagement ring back as I hoped one day we might get back together, but I no longer think this will happen. Can I ask her if I can have the ring back so I can sell it, or do I just accept the loss and learn my lesson?

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

In 2021 Working_Mum had just moved home and turned to the MSE Forum for some inspiration for ways to bring some more character to the garden they'd recently taken over. Three years later, they've returned to the Gardening board with an update. We love the transformation! 

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Latest comping wins

Dajohnston10 shared the news this week that they've won dinner, bed and breakfast at a hotel in Hampshire's beautiful New Forest National Park, plus tickets to the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu.   

Why not cast your eye over the Competitions Time boards to see if there's a comp with a prize that's up your street?

The New Forest National Park is known for its ponies

Your two cents

Wedding season is in full swing and they can be expensive events for all involved. What are your tips for planning a memorable day that won't land you in debt?

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