There’s a story on page 19 of the Times today about the site and the Great Tesco Beef in Gravy Loophole. This is fab PR for the site, but we’ve been working on a full press release. I’ve also been in dialogue with Tesco, to make sure the thing doesn’t go ballistic and MoneySavers are protected and...
Thanks to Marion for sending me this note: “I was asking the helpful and well-informed lady at NatWest a few general questions about credit limits, and the subject of credit scoring came up. I asked whether her information came from within the bank, and she said, ‘Well there’s this website called MoneySavingExpert.com that I get most of...
There are two invites flying around the personal finance journalism world at the moment from large financial services companies. One was a yachting day with 5 star hotel the night before that I was invited to. The second, a fellow journalist told me about another jolly available to the Edinburgh festival that another provider’s putting on. These...
I don’t want to be a killjoy, but let’s be honest, most people aren’t going to be hugely successful and famous. I saw an interview with Kinga the ‘bottle girl’ from Big Brother the other day, in which she said “I’m going to be a success, I know it”. Now while ambition is great, this ‘belief over...
Sorry, it’s not as exciting as the title. I just got back from Channel 5 news, where I filmed a live slot for today’s news, plus pre-records for the next two days. To look different I had to take three different shirts, and Helen the news anchor had to change to her next two day’s clothes as...
I needed a replacement key for my Smart Car recently so I went to Smart upgrades and had it done. The new key, unlike the previous one, only had two buttons. It was missing the remote ‘boot-opening button’. When I asked why I was told the model I had didn’t offer that feature. Yet my existing key...
It’s 11pm. Just finished filming the third Make Me Rich (my new ITV1 series, though it may not be shown third). I’m on the train back to London from Rugby. Left at 6.30am this morning. It’s been an exhausting day, but I’m very pleased with the result (plus I ache, I’ve just started going to the gym,...
Now I am a Smart car driver. I have a little black two-seater car. It’s fantastic. I live in London and parking in central London is amazing (plus it’s very fuel efficient and if you’re self employed and buy it on a company you get a big capital write-off). Anyway, for Make Me Rich they say “we’re...
I just received an email from a parent who’s daughter wants to be a lawyer, but needs to borrow £20k to do it for postgrad funding yet none is available. As a single parent she can’t help and is lost to know what to do. Thought I’d copy you in on my response. There is a huge...
I’m on the train back from Dover, where I’ve just been filming the first Make Me Rich (though it won’t be the first one shown). It’s been an exhausting two days. While the money makeover is done in a day, because of filming for TV we have a second day’s filming on top. Yesterday was 14 hours,...
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12 September 2023
11 September 2023Update 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...
4 September 2023The 2023 academic year is about to start, and it'll see the biggest shake-up to student finance in England for a decade. The changes are both subtle and massive. On the surface they look like a tweak, in practice they will increase the eventual cost of going to university by over 50% for many typical graduates.