Downloading my friend’s wedding photos cost me £100!
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...
Teen Cash Class. What you didn’t see
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....
You can use all cash machines for free – why pay?
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...
Heard the one about the Money Saving Expert & the Weather Girl?
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...
Want to be on telly? How to react if you see a camera.
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...
SUPER SCRABBLE! WOW!
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...
Young Enterprise Scheme. Memories of being 17; the shape of things to come?
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...
Playing mind games with a mentalist
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...
Student loan five year payment holiday. Take it, take it, take it!
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...
Forget Live Earth what about Live Personal Debt Aid….
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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Martin Lewis: Is it time to ban unnecessary Christmas presents?5 December 2022Update 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...
Martin Lewis: The one thing everyone aged over 66 needs to know29 November 2022It is a national tragedy that getting on for a million pensioners, many of whom have been paying into the system for years, are missing out on a critical boost to their income. It's called pension credit, and this year it also means you get an extra £650 to help with energy bills.