For a year and a half, my little sister, Talya, has been saving up to buy a laptop, it’s been her dream. She’s doing very well and already has over £200, not bad for an 11 and 3/4 year old! Last night we talked about which one she wanted to buy, yet having saved diligently, actually she...
I would like to officially confirm that I am not, nor have I ever been a member of the mafia. Nor for that matter have I ever been an insurance salesman. Those who watched “The Real Goodfella” on Channel 4 this week, about Henry Hill, the Mafioso-turned-stoolpigeon whose testimony convicted over fifty Mafia members, and on whose...
Every Monday morning on the website ‘Headline Money’ a journalist does a review of the weekend’s money pages. Headline Money is a special website which only personal finance journalists get to use. It includes lots of useful resources and a system of distributing press releases. This week’s review included the following note about the Guardian (kindly reproduced...
I went to a comedy night tonight. Among the acts was Milton Jones, a comedian I last saw on the circuit about 8 years ago. Weird hair, staccato jokes and just very, very funny from the bizarre “I was upset when I saw a dead baby ghost on the side of the road tonight…… either that or...
I had an amazing year at 21. I was General Secretary (President) of LSE Students’ Union, and was invited to the United Nations World Youth Conference in Seoul as one of the UK representatives. It was an amazing time, but whilst there I did something I’ve regretted ever since. The conference was held in the Olympic village...
I’ve just read this on the forums, by poster Mountain of Debt, “What amazes me though is that I’ve been telling my mum about the tips I’ve picked up from this site but it was only when she saw Martin on the TV show at tea time did she listen. Obviously Martin on the flesh has more...
So who is this bad review from? A literary critic, a newspaper money section, a radio book review programme? Nope it’s one book review on the Amazon website. After scores of positive reviews all with either four or five stars, the latest reviewer gave the Money Diet just one star. Now normally this wouldn’t matter, but unfortunately...
I’ve been doing the Wright stuff all this week (barring Thursday), which for those who don’t know is Matthew Wright’s current affairs panel-led discussion on Five every morning from 9 until 10.15. It’s great fun to do, and nice for me to get away from talking about money. Not, I hasten to add that I don’t love...
I went to ‘An Audience With Coronation Street’ yesterday, having rather luckily been invited by ITV. On arrival there’s a red carpet. When I’ve done it before I’ve normally walked round the back, yet as I was with the MSG, they all started shouting her name to ask for a picture; something she’s much more used to...
I’ve just got back from Radio 2, and if I’m honest, not feeling like it was one of my better days on the radio. I love doing Vine, it’s one of my favourite programmes to do. Today though it was tough to get the information out clearly, and I ran out of time before going through the...
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26 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.