Go.. Go.. Go.. MSE Jenny money and fitness queen

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’m obsessed….. nerd, moi?

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...

A Nation Hypnotised By TV Property Porn? Property isn’t as safe as houses

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...

Retort of the day

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,...

The Australian mortgages that let you spend your house

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 –...

It’s very scary to do a TV film and not see it before the audience. Not good.

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...

Yes Grandma, Don’t Worry I’ll Save, Yes Grandma I Promise

It seems a grandma’s wisdom overcomes all else. I’ve just got off the phone from mine…. one of my most important weekly duties is to list my TV appearances so she can ‘see me’. Of course, as is her right, she complains that “I only ever get to see you on the TV, why don’t you come...

I’ve got a parcel for Mary Poppins…

“I’ve got a parcel for Mary Poppins?”….. muffled response…. “Oh sorry you’re Mama Mia, no problem.” I overheard this conversation today and just had to share it! Anyway, as you may have noticed, (as noted in my previous blog) I was at Mama Mia the musical filming for the One Show. It’s all about a piece on...

Practicing for my TV dancing debut!

I’m due to film a piece for the BBC1 One Show on Friday on the Credit Card Shuffle. The idea of these films is generally to have some fun as well as get the serious point across. So while discussing a ‘theme’ with the producers, as it’s the ‘Shuffle’ dancing was obvious. Keen blog readers may’ve spotted...

Patient Line. A disgusting disgrace? Judge a nation on how it treats its sick

Sadly this evening my father was taken into hospital with a kidney problem. Thankfully it doesn’t seem to be too serious. As he’s in Manchester and I’m in London a visit isn’t possible, but of course I wanted to speak to him and check he’s ok. So I find myself having to use Patient Line. For those...