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. 

Martin Lewis: Is there any point in being married?

You meet someone, fall in love, and hearts pop out of the sky when you look at them. They’re the person you want to spend the rest of your life with. But is there any point in actually being married?

Martin Lewis: Suing Facebook left me shaking - it’s now admitted 1,000s of fake ads, here’s the latest

Last Monday, I was shaking when I arrived home. That morning, in a personal capacity, I’d issued High Court proceedings for a campaigning defamation lawsuit against Facebook – my aim to stop it publishing scam ads for get-rich-quick schemes, such as those that include my face, which target vulnerable people. 

Martin Lewis: The five changes needed to improve the current student finance system

The following is a summary of my/MSE’s full submission to the Government’s Augar review of higher education.

Martin Lewis: Five refunds worth £1,000+ that millions are missing out on

Refund, refund, refund, (refund, refund). No I’m not stuck on repeat, I’m trying to hammer home that people are owed hundreds of millions of pounds that they’re just not claiming – most of which can be done with a quick click or phone call. Here’s what you need to do…