I recently had a call from an old colleague, Carlton. We worked together as producers for Radio 4 & 5 in the BBC Business unit in the late 90s. He’s now an IFA and called up out of the blue with the fun suggestion we meet up to chat about old times. His call reminded me of...
I’ve done an interview on ID Fraud for GM-TV. This is to go in a reporter’s package and I have no doubt they’ll use the animated one of me talking about how ID Fraud works. What probably won’t be mentioned is my quote, “there’s a growing ID fraud protection industry out there, trying to scare us into...
I mentioned in a previous blog, we’re working on a new look and structure to the site, that’ll make it crispier and easy to use. We’re about half way through the process, and I thought it was time to give you a sneak preview. Now of course there will be changes and so not to give the...
It may sound a rather bizarre question yet as you’ll see from the phone picture below, the all-you-can-eat place I had lunch in with some of the MoneySaving towers team yesterday defined it as simply tomatoes. This prompted me to ask ‘what is salad?’ Surprisingly it isn’t as easy to define as you think – potato salad,...
Having had terrible service from a funiture company, I’ve just had over £400 returned onto my cashback card. Hoorah for credit cards, if I hadn’t spent on one, I doubt the money would’ve come back this quickly and easily. This is all about Section 75 of the Consumer Credit Act, a wonderful piece of legislation that’s great...
The £5 totally free bet linked to in this weeks e-mail was a triumph. Sadly I wasn’t watching it with the MSG who was presenting a charity football do for Cancer Research at the time. Yet the previous night, having got the e-mail, she asked me what to bet on, as her football knowledge is erm.. .well…...
Today I discovered Amex is ending balance transfers for all new customers. Let me be honest, I was gobsmacked. This is quite a momentous decision in the credit card market. For one of the UK’s biggest players to totally turn its back on cheap debt switching offers, is a smack across the face for those seeking to...
It’s true. No argument, house prices could fall. They could also, it need be said, continue to rise. This isn’t about predictions, but about understanding the risk. I was moved to blog about this again (see past blog) having been reading through some forum entries which effectively say “house prices can only ever go up.” We’re in...
It’s been a bizarre week being a radio critic for Radio 2. For those who haven’t listened, I was picked alongside Peter Oborne of the Spectator as neither of us have ever bought a record, tape or CD in our lives, and music doesn’t play a part. Ten songs were short-listed from viewers’ suggestions, they were then...
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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.