When will people learn its not the number of credit cards but how you use them!
I’ve just read a press release titled “MyEquifax.co.uk Welcomes New FSA Guide As Survey Reveals 72% of 18-25 Year Olds Have Up To Three Credit and Store Cards”. Why is such ignorance being perpetuated? We should not be judging the severity of debt by the number of cards. The best credit card users should have 5 or...
I’m officially useless and tasteless
I moved house this weekend. What a horrible thing to do. Not only that but I realised I am useless when it comes to these things. Of course I can wire a plug, yet fixing a doorbell, working out how to get picture hooks in without breaking the wall, and worst of all how to decorate are...
Tenuous Press Release of the week!
Alliance & Leicester has just sent out a press release on the following: “With US Independence Day just around the corner, Alliance & Leicester is encouraging new customers to declare independence from their existing bank and switch to…. etc.” Without doubt the most tenuous release I’ve seen in ages, though to be fair at least its account...
You have to wear a tie on telly to be taken seriously!
Just watched a hilarious final story on Newsnight. In it Jeremy Paxman argued the tie has had its day. He interviewed Channel 4’s Jon Snow who said “to be taken seriously on news programmes in a serious subject you have to wear a tie!”. Well for three years I’ve never worn one, and hope I’m taken seriously....
Sometimes you can take saving money too far… it may hurt your nipple!
Last week I went with four friends to a ‘bra’ party. Don’t worry, nothing salacious. It was in aid of the Playtex Moonlight walk for Breast Cancer. As it happened of the roughly 200 people there, only eight of the men actually turned up wearing a bra and four of them were my friends and I. Now...
“Look folks it’s important to prioritise OK….”
It’s just been pointed out to me by a very junior member of the MoneySaving team (he wasn’t so junior before the comment!) that my age in my biog hasn’t been updated since my recent birthday. However, as I have kindly explained, there are bigger priorities on the website, such as making as many articles as possible...
Calm Down Martin, It’s Only a Radio Programme!
I think I can retire now! My own trail done by Michael Winner just for me on Radio 2 today. Is there any more to do? Funnily enough when I heard it the first time it didn’t sink in properly. Then the second time I thought “that’s cool, that’s very, very cool!???. I’ve nabbed a copy of...
Paying for toilets is un-hygienic
It’s 1.54 am. I’ve just returned from a night-club. As in most these days there was an attendant to turn the tap on, give you paper towels, and allow you to spruce up. Now I’ve no particular objection to this, nor even to the £1 if you choose to avail yourself of their service. However, what I...
I did a terrible thing yesterday. Walkers has a promotion on its crisps packets to win a 50p off Pepsi, and I won (hoorah). Yet I left the voucher on the table in the bar where I’d ordered. Now this may seem a small thing, but you don’t understand the MoneySaving office. While my passion and venom...
All stand up!
In the chat forum, talking about debt advertising to kids, someone wrote “advertisers think that anything goes these days: 3.45pm Channel 4 the ‘do you have erection problems?’ ad. Even my 14yr old was horrified. Someone needs to take a stand and well done to Martin.” I love the phrasing!
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Martin Lewis: Is it time to ban unnecessary Christmas presents?5 December 2022Update September 2017: It’s eight years since I first braved this subject, expecting a snowstorm of protest. Instead, year after year more join in, like Julia who recently tweeted me, “@MartinSLewis, finally took your advice and told my family I can’t afford Christmas presents. What a weight off my mind. Thank you.” One year even the Archbishop of...
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