Martin Lewis: 11m will see energy bills cut on 1 Oct – but check if you’re being RIPPED OFF

I can reveal that on 1 October, it is almost certain the energy price cap rate, for all but those on prepay meters, will drop by roughly £80/year. This means 11 million households on these tariffs will get cheaper deals. Yet that worries me. It risks giving people a false sense of security that they're getting a good price – when nothing could be further from the truth. 

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

Update 30 July 2019: 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.

How much the Govt expects you to give your children for university

Update Note 25 May 2017: The ready reckoners below have been updated with the new 2017/2018 living loan amounts. Also since first writing this blog, and seeing the strength of feeling it attracted, I have written an open letter to the Uni Minister asking him to start telling people about this. Yet sadly received his no we won’t...

Do I need to show my boarding pass at airport shops? (video & guide)

It’s one of those niggling frustrations. You want to buy something at the airport and you’re badgered for your boarding pass in order to purchase. Many people ask me if they need to bother, so here’s my quick video answer…

Martin Lewis: How to URGENTLY reclaim PPI for a deceased relative

It's enough to make even the Great Train Robbers blush. A staggering £30 BILLION of payment protection insurance (PPI) has had to be repaid, typically £3,000 each, due to systemic mis-selling. Yet still no one has been prosecuted for fraud.

Martin Lewis: Financial abuse, joint accounts and managing money within relationships

Financial abuse is the hidden financial cousin of domestic abuse – it's all about dangerous, unfair control using finances. It can be subtle or brutal. So be aware of it both for your own relationship, and for others – but this blog's about more than that too...

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: A warning for all wannabe first-time buyers or even those years away from buying

Never owned a home? Open a Help to Buy ISA – even if you've no savings, just put £1 in. This special ISA – that gives first-time buyers up to £3,000 free towards their first mortgage – closes to new applicants on 30 November 2019, so there's now less than six months left. Yet open one before then and you bag the facility in case you ever need it later.

Why the energy price cap is broken – it doesn't reflect the price people pay today (video)…

On 1 January 2019, a cap was introduced on the prices that energy firms could charge on their standard (ie, default) tariffs.

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

We're heading towards the summer, millions turn their hopes to future sunny days both here and abroad. Yet, especially with Brexit round the corner, if you've booked a trip to Europe, there are some crucial checks you need to do.