Martin Lewis: Seven urgent post-Brexit travel need-to-knows

It's cold. So it's no surprise that January and February are the busiest beach booking months of the year, as millions turn their hopes to future sunny days. Yet, especially with Brexit round the corner, if you've booked a trip to Europe, there are some crucial checks you need to do.

Martin Lewis: What happened to my pledge to give £10m to charity in 2012…?

In June 2012 I pledged £10m for charity when MSE joined the MSM group and that for transparency I'd periodically bash out a blog explaining what was happening with it. Over the break I realised 2015 was the last time I'd done that, so an update is overdue…

Martin Lewis: I averaged 23,513 steps per day (burning 3,600 calories) in 2018 – here's how...

Regular blog readers will know I'm obsessed with fitness tracking statistics. So it's time for my annual report. According to my tracker, I did 8,582,412 steps in 2018 – a silly amount, but not quite as ridiculous as 2017, when it was 9,278,393.

Bravo to the Personal Support Unit, which helps those facing civil or family court without lawyers

A couple of months ago I became a patron of the PSU charity, which helps those facing civil or family courts. I went along to the Royal Courts of Justice to explain why and to meet a superb collection of volunteers – who provide a mix of hand-holding of scared people, to providing excellent guidance to help them navigate the court system. 

Martin Lewis: How to go Christmas cold turkey

If there was a big red CANCEL CHRISTMAS button, would you press it? While the festive season is usually portrayed as unerringly joyous, not everyone feels that way. It can put stress on you and on your pockets. So, forgive me, but to relieve that pressure, and possibly increase happiness, it is worth considering going cold turkey.

Martin Lewis: Is it unfair to charge loyal customers more?

Should loyal customers be charged more than new ones? On the surface the answer is a simple no – but nothing is that simple. Many consumer marketplaces function because only some people embrace competition, and we need to work out what happens if we change that.

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.)