I never thought I’d write such words, but it’s true. I received a text from the MSG the other day, who as she was interviewing The Hoff about his new film for Five News, had been given strict instructions to tell me everything. Her text included, “The Hoff thought I was hot and was very disappointed to...
There are always hoards of people waiting as I leave the LK Today studio; not for me, but queuing to see the Sharon Osborne Show be recorded. Walking the 100 metre gauntlet to the car (TV companies always send cars, so the producers needn’t worry that you won’t make it) is always strangely worrying as many cry...
On Friday morning I interviewed the Chief Executive of Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) Retail Banking for the ITV1 Tonight with Trevor programme I’m presenting on this evening (Monday 25 Sep). It specifically concerned the case of Richard Cullen – who sadly committed suicide with £140,000 of unsecured debts in early 2005. Of the large number of...
This wasn’t originally going to be a blog entry, it was a reply to MoneySaver Black-Saturn in the ‘New Stats about the site’ discussion who said “you must be proud”, yet after reading through it I thought it worth an entry. To answer the question, yes I am really proud. I find the sheer scale of the...
I’m gobsmacked. We were just discussing the PruHealth loophole to get Free Gym Membership, which MSE Jenny had done in its original incarnation six months ago. Now her six months is over the fee has gone up to £43 a month, still cheap but she’s decided to run home for fitness instead. This was a bit surprising...
OK, I admit it, I’m obsessed. Ever since I started this site I’ve had a graph (pictured at the end of this). It plots how many new recipients of the weekly email there are. I update this diligently every day with the midnight figure….. OK, that’s a lie…. I update it about every thirty minutes to see...
I’ve just come back from doing BBC Breakfast where I talked about mortgages following the CAB’s report that many are struggling to meet their repayments (watch the BBC’s Real Player video of it). I can’t applaud Citizens Advice enough. As I’ve discussed here before (eg in my blog House Prices Could Fall) I’m fearful we’re pushing ourselves...
Rumours (not true, but it makes us laugh) in MSE Towers are that MSE Dan (our superb pure money researcher) is The Hoff’s biggest fan. As Mr. Hasslehoff was on This Morning today, there was a wee bit of ribbing that, “everytime he said the word ‘and‘ it was really code for Hello Dan!” Dan’s reply: “yep,...
After the One show in Birmingham this evening I went for a drink with the team. I was chatting away to Nadia Swahala co-presenter of the show and my buddy after we bonded sharing a couple of raucous train trips back from Birmingham to London. I just thought MoneySavers would love her description of her mortgage –...
I’m just finishing off my final One Show piece that runs tomorrow night. It’s in the edit suite at the BBC in Cardiff, and I nipped into London Television Centre to do the voice over. The producers script the piece on the back of what I said on the day. I also send them some notes on...
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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.