Martin Lewis – Warning: Energy price comparison savings are WRONG due to the price cap – and how it needs to be fixed

The new energy price cap (following on from the prepay price cap) for millions of customers on a standard tariff will begin on 1 January 2019. It's already been wrongly reported, but there's a bigger worry that it will make the savings on comparison sites wrong.

Martin Lewis: Are you an overdraft prisoner? How to escape it

The old adage – that banks will lend you an umbrella when the sun shines, and ask for it back when it rains – feels like a modern reality for many with overdrafts. 

Martin Lewis: How much should you save for your kids to go to university? (VIDEO)

This is a warning for parents of all teenagers. Now over 50% of our young people go on to university. And while you commonly hear that you don’t need to pay for that upfront, it’s no longer true - there is a hidden parental contribution. 

Why don’t we include energy firms’ kilowatt hour costs in our weekly email?

I always suggest, when you’re doing an energy comparison, to enter the kilowatt hours (kWh) figure from your bill, if possible, as it gives a more accurate result than entering the cost. (Though the sin of inaction is far greater than the sin of inaccuracy – so if you’re unsure, don’t be put off.)

Martin Lewis: A drugs bust - stop letting big pharmaceuticals rip you off!

Harry Potter's got nowt on the pharmaceutical industry. It's full of real wizards - both those who make drugs that help, and the marketers who have a raft of tricks to persuade us there's hidden magic in their brands. Drug companies spend millions promoting 'only-use-the-name-you-know' messages... but it's often marketing baloney, balderdash and any other 'b' words you can think of.

Using plastic overseas? Always PAY IN EUROS (even if it says 0% commission)

Update 14 August 2018: Martin wrote this blog back in 2013 but while the rates have changed, all the logic is still correct.

I couldn’t believe my ears. While filming in southern Spain for the new series of my show, the producer told me he’d found a cash machine offering 0% commission if you chose to withdraw in pounds. In theory, that’d mean PERFECT exchange rates.

Martin Lewis: What happened when a spam PPI firm tried to call me…

Like everyone else, over the years I’ve had a good number of spam texts and calls telling me I was owed “£3,728” or whatever their baloney lie is (these neither mean you aren’t or are owed PPI, they’re just random spam). And occasionally I’ve had the odd call, usually those auto-dial auto-message horrors.  

Martin Lewis: The fight to divorce mental health and debt

Mental health and debt are a marriage made in hell. You are up to four times more likely to be in debt crisis if you or your partner has a mental health issue. The treatment time for clinical depression is said to be exacerbated by up to 18 months if you also have financial issues.

Martin Lewis: Should you buy your holiday euros/dollars now or wait?

The pound is still in the doldrums. A few years ago, before the EU referendum vote, a pound bought €1.43 – since it's dropped significantly and hasn’t recovered much. Last summer it bought €1.14, and today it’s hovering around the €1.12 mark. Against the dollar, the rate is just $1.32 – about a decade ago it bought roughly $2. It’s similar with most other currencies.

Martin Lewis: How to teach yourself scam self-defence

Criminals aren’t always thugs with meaty arms and little between the ears. In our ever more interconnected world, these days many thieves wear suits, have charm, act in a sophisticated manner and make out they are on our side.