Having just told the team at MSE Towers this story, they tell me I should blog it, so here goes. When I was writing the first edition of the Money Diet, the writing was fun, but the editing process was hellish. I finally got to a point where I simply couldn’t face going through it again to...
Yesterday was a rather strange day at MSE Towers, for our Richard was suddenly much taller than expected. The first thing you need to understand is he’s a bit of an extreme sports nut, so we spend time listening to regaled stories of paragliding and helicopter skiing and other things that make the rest of us mere...
I just received this press release from the Nationwide…. “WHO LAUNCHED THE UK’S FIRST INTERNET BANK? Nationwide Building Society has received some enquiries from journalists who have been confused by Royal Bank of Scotland’s news release claiming to have been the first bank to provide an internet banking service. In order to avoid any confusion, Nationwide Building...
Old memories were stirred this week… whilst rewriting the maximise your old Tessa cash article this week I couldn’t resist using my old ‘Mature Tessa’ character that I used to do on Simply Money TV as the picture to illustrate it. Back then (2000-2001) I’d start and end each ‘Deal of the Day’ with what I think...
I saw an ad on the TV for Rosetta Stone, which is a foreign language course. Now this caught my eye immediately as I’ve always been fascinated by the real Rosetta Stone which is housed in the British Museum and is a wonderful mix of history and linguistic science (read the link to find out more). This...
I’ve just been sent a link to the GM-TV website, where my appearance along side Angela Knight (boss of the British Bankers Association) on Bank Charges reclaiming seems to have made their clip of the week section called ‘Bank Charges Row: Martin Lewis goes head to head with the banks’. Angela Knight, who is an ex-Conservative cabinet...
A bit off my usual topic, but I thought I’d quickly blog on Stuart Pearce. As a Manchester City supporter (born within a couple of miles from Maine Road) I’ve mixed feelings. I hope we’re not throwing the baby out with the bath water (as football, cliché’s are allowed.). It does remind me somewhat of when Peter...
According to a report on BBC News a district judge has ruled against allowing someone to reclaim bank charges. What we do know is, there’s no need to panic The first thing to say is there’s no cause for panic. This is not a precedent setting case (in other words no other court has to look at...
I’ve just been talking to some TV colleagues about my holiday; they were surprised that I’d “stayed in a decent hotel” – after all “you’re the Money Saving Expert… I thought you’d have been in a tent?” Personally I don’t see the conflict: I’ve always maintained MoneySaving is about maximising the way you live. It’s for this...
This is my last blog before disappearing for a break. And wow, am I tired enough to go. It’s been a rollercoaster since the start of the year, what with Council Tax Reclaiming and then Bank Charges Reclaiming coverage on top of all my broadcasting and newspaper commitments. I think I’ve rarely done less than a 70...
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