I tend to practice what I preach, so it’s rare I get a bad deal. Yet early last month, I went to Malaga for 36 hours of filming for GM-TV. While there I had to download my emails as I needed to read some urgently for my columns and the site. Unfortunately with time short, no wireless...
For those of you who watched my Teen Cash Class on ITV on Friday, I thought you may appreciate a few quick notes of things that didn’t make the final programme; though there are many more too. After all, the class itself was a full day, with lots of lessons…. Richard discovering stoozing. Perhaps my personal highlight....
Outside my local supermarket there are three banks’ cash machine’s in the wall. Today I needed some cash, so went straight to one of the two empty ones (Abbey and Barclays). Rather bizarrely, there were six people queuing for the NatWest one. I was intrigued so I asked, and they were NatWest customers. At which point I...
There’s this Money Saving Expert who goes out with a weather girl. One Saturday during a trip to the shops, it’s pouring with rain and they’re romantically huddled under a broken down umbrella she’d been given as a freebie. He says, “Why didn’t you tell me it was going to rain?”, she says, “Why didn’t I buy...
Having recently been out filming on the Millennium bridge in London, I wanted to blog about the added difficulty of filming in front of the general public. It’s never easy; planes flying overhead and loud buses and lorries already mean filming often stops due to the distraction of the noise. Yet in public spaces there’s always a...
Now, the MSG and I are very very partial to a game of Scrabble. We have large and travel boards, and large and travel dictionaries so we can play when we’re out. Then yesterday….. we bought SUPER SCRABBLE! It’s a new huge board that includes “quadruple word scores”; sadly filming duty and more has stopped us playing...
In my mind’s eye I’m a campaigning journalist not an entrepreneur, though as the site’s grown to its current huge scale, I find myself being asked about my entrepreneurial side more and more. I suppose I should embrace it, after all social entrepreneurship is a worthy goal and even with its strong ethical stance, the site is...
It’s Sunday night, and I’ve just come back from watching Marc Salem’s Mind Games at the Tricycle theatre in Kilburn. It’s a wonderful experience; I must admit to being very frustrated by a lot of it as I simply can’t work out how it was done. I also got my own chance to make a fool on...
The government has just announced some changes to the student loans system. From 2008 it will be giving more people grants to help cover living expenses while they study (see the Student MoneySaving guide or Parents Guide to Student Funding for more on how it currently works). Yet there’s another very interesting change, it’s also said it’ll...
Wonderful comedy sketch on Radio 4’s Now show on Saturday. They were talking about the growing rate of worldwide concerts – Live Aid, Live Earth etc – and then went onto what next a ‘worldwide concert to stop teens getting into personal debt?’ with Bob Geldoff saying “don’t give us all your money…” Now there’s an idea?...
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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.