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    • MSE Naomi
    • By MSE Naomi 13th Feb 18, 4:42 PM
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    MMD Should I share my discount?
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    • 13th Feb 18, 4:42 PM
    MMD Should I share my discount? 13th Feb 18 at 4:42 PM
    This week's MoneySaver who wants advice asks...

    I recently used an app to buy theatre tickets for me and my friend. I later realised the app had given me a £10 discount for buying a second ticket, but my friendís already paid me full price for her ticket.

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    • Gresp
    • By Gresp 13th Feb 18, 9:31 PM
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    • 13th Feb 18, 9:31 PM
    Share the discount between you and give your friend £5 back.

    Alternatively, use it to buy some cinema food. £10 should just about be enough for half a bag of Maltesers.
    • DCFC79
    • By DCFC79 13th Feb 18, 9:54 PM
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    • 13th Feb 18, 9:54 PM
    Explain you have just noticed about the discount and do 1 of the 2 suggestions above.
    • John Gray
    • By John Gray 14th Feb 18, 6:43 AM
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    • 14th Feb 18, 6:43 AM
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    • 14th Feb 18, 6:43 AM
    Keep the money for yourself! (You're a money-saver, aren't you?)

    How come you didn't get your friend to pay for your ticket, anyway?
    • Tinks74
    • By Tinks74 14th Feb 18, 9:34 AM
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    • 14th Feb 18, 9:34 AM
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    • 14th Feb 18, 9:34 AM
    Options
    1. Split the discount with your FRIEND
    2. Be a !!!!.

    No dilemma here unless your friend also has a history of being a !!!!, in which case you deserve each other for even asking the question.
    • Pollycat
    • By Pollycat 14th Feb 18, 9:44 AM
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    • 14th Feb 18, 9:44 AM
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    • 14th Feb 18, 9:44 AM
    Share the discount between you and give your friend £5 back.

    Alternatively, use it to buy some cinema food. £10 should just about be enough for half a bag of Maltesers.
    Originally posted by Gresp
    ^^^^ absolutely
    • Drew morgan
    • By Drew morgan 14th Feb 18, 9:49 AM
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    • #7
    • 14th Feb 18, 9:49 AM
    Share
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    • 14th Feb 18, 9:49 AM
    Why the question was even asked I can not understand.
    We are talking £5.00 in this case.
    I would just hand the £5 to my friend.
    • gloriouslyhappy
    • By gloriouslyhappy 14th Feb 18, 10:52 AM
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    • 14th Feb 18, 10:52 AM
    In this case, it's quite straightforward as it was probably a free app, so share the discount with your friend. Where a discount was obtained through paid means ie a railcard you had to pay for, it's not so straightforward. Having said that, I have a generous friend with a disabled card who takes me along as her free carer to museums and art galleries, but when her husband accompanies us, I still go in as the free carer because he qualifies for the over 65 discount which I don't get as yet (soon will!) and he gets a heavily discounted ticket. As they won't let me pay for the discounted ticket, I always buy the coffee & cakes when we get there.

    It's about treating your friends right - do you value a few pounds more than the friendship?
    • Pollycat
    • By Pollycat 14th Feb 18, 11:30 AM
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    • 14th Feb 18, 11:30 AM
    In this case, it's quite straightforward as it was probably a free app, so share the discount with your friend. Where a discount was obtained through paid means ie a railcard you had to pay for, it's not so straightforward. Having said that, I have a generous friend with a disabled card who takes me along as her free carer to museums and art galleries, but when her husband accompanies us, I still go in as the free carer because he qualifies for the over 65 discount which I don't get as yet (soon will!) and he gets a heavily discounted ticket. As they won't let me pay for the discounted ticket, I always buy the coffee & cakes when we get there.

    It's about treating your friends right - do you value a few pounds more than the friendship?
    Originally posted by gloriouslyhappy
    Apparently so.
    Otherwise they wouldn't have asked the question.
    • nikkiwabit
    • By nikkiwabit 14th Feb 18, 11:38 AM
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    Buy the drinks in the interval
    • Pollycat
    • By Pollycat 14th Feb 18, 12:05 PM
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    Buy the drinks in the interval
    Originally posted by nikkiwabit
    But if the originator of this MMD is so mean that they feel the need to ask if they should share the £10 discount with their friend, they may be scared that the bill for drinks might come to £10.30 and then they'd be out of pocket.
    • gloriouslyhappy
    • By gloriouslyhappy 14th Feb 18, 2:00 PM
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    Apparently so.
    Otherwise they wouldn't have asked the question.
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    It's about treating your friends right - do you value a few pounds more than the friendship?
    Originally posted by gloriouslyhappy

    by Pollycat;73879750
    Oh Pollycat, what a sad indicator of our times. There's money-saving, and then there's just plain mean!
    • Pollycat
    • By Pollycat 14th Feb 18, 2:21 PM
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    Oh Pollycat, what a sad indicator of our times. There's money-saving, and then there's just plain mean!
    Originally posted by gloriouslyhappy
    I so agree.
    The meanness that comes across in the originator's 'MMD' is deafening.

    FWIW, whenever I go out with anyone, I always try to make sure I pay my way by whatever means I can.
    If a friend drives, I'll pay the car parking or the park-and-ride bus fare.
    And often buy lunch too.

    I dislike mean (as in money-obsessed) people with a passion.
    • Cimscate
    • By Cimscate 14th Feb 18, 3:22 PM
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    But if the originator of this MMD is so mean that they feel the need to ask if they should share the £10 discount with their friend, they may be scared that the bill for drinks might come to £10.30 and then they'd be out of pocket.
    Originally posted by Pollycat
    Love this, so true
    • happyinflorida
    • By happyinflorida 14th Feb 18, 4:01 PM
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    Did you pay for the app or was it a freebie?

    If it was free you should pay your friend back the whole amount as you've overcharged your friend and no friend should do that IMO.

    If you don't and somehow your friend finds out - how do you think they'll feel after finding out you've charged them £10 more than you've actually paid for the ticket?
    • warehouse
    • By warehouse 14th Feb 18, 4:02 PM
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    Some friend you are if you even have to ask.
    Pants
    • hannh
    • By hannh 14th Feb 18, 4:04 PM
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    If it was me I would let them know and use the 'free' money (since you were both presumably happy to pay full price) to treat yourselves to a drink before the show.
    • Augustus the Strong
    • By Augustus the Strong 14th Feb 18, 4:27 PM
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    Yes. I would have thought it goes without saying.

    If she refuses it, use it to buy drinks in the interval.
    • REJP
    • By REJP 15th Feb 18, 2:51 PM
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    I would give her back what she paid.
    If you keep the money you are stealing from your friend, and you cannot get much lower than that.
    • loobysmum
    • By loobysmum 15th Feb 18, 3:24 PM
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    last year i was going for drinks and to the cinema with 2 friends, money was a bit tight at that time so i had 3 free vouchers, so i was going to use my vouchers and the money they paid i was going to use to buy a round of drinks. when my friends found out that i was goiung to use my vouchers they made me feel like i was robbing them which really hurt, they seemed to think that because the vouchers were free, then they shouldnt have to give me the money, but the vouchers were valid for a year so it meant next time i went i had to pay instead of getting it free. so i would tell your friend and hope she reacts better than my so called friends.
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