One of those moments that just make you laugh. I was sitting in make-up with soon-to-be-former Blue Peter presenter Konnie Huq this morning. And I could hear her telling the make-up guys she was having trouble keeping her top up properly. Then I heard her utter those immortal words, “do you have any double-sided sticky tape?” It...
Dear Treasury Press Office, I’d be surprised if you’re reading this, because its on the internet. To help you, the internet is a not-so-new phenomenon where people communicate with each other, can launch campaigns and share information – it even has journalists working on it! I hope I’m not going too quickly for you, as I wouldn’t...
I was in a studio filming links for a new ‘Tonight’ on Supermarket Shopping Secrets yesterday. As I was there “asking for water” because I was so hot under the bright lights, and wired up to the mikes so I couldn’t move, it reminded me of the first time I was what is known as ‘the talent’....
A sizeable proportion of my professional career as MoneySavingExpert has been spent disabusing the notion that you should trust a bank. In fact when doing the Teen Cash Class for ITV, lesson number one was that “a company’s job is to make money from you, not to help you; you need to understand this to be a...
So here we have the biggest banking crisis for a decade. Yet actually there was nothing substantially wrong in the first place (for more on this read Northern Rock Crisis article). So what should’ve happened last Friday when people started to queue outside branches? There should have been two main aims 1. Explain the Financial Services Compensation...
I’ve just got back from The Alan Titchmarsh Show on ITV, where I was debating the Northern Rock crisis. Marc Almond was also on the show, and we were chatting behind the curtain (it’s at the back of the set, as this is a programme with an audience). He was telling me how he loves singing on...
The UK has a huge problem with mental health and debt; I’ve blogged before (see ‘Should we stop people with mental health issues borrowing money?’) on my concerns over this under-addressed subject. It’s something I’m ever more conscious of; it’s one of the reasons in the video attached to the Debt Problems article I talk about ‘catastrophisation’...
What a fantastic evening: food, fun, good company and entertainment. You even get to guess whether Paul Young or Barry McGuigan made your soup! The MSG and I are big fans of the programme, so suddenly hearing at 3pm that a table had come free that night (it’s all booked up in advance, and we hadn’t asked,...
I’ve been meaning to vent on this for years. Yesterday I walked in yet another culprite; why do shops often install escalators that go up; but you need to walk down the stairs? Of course, they want us in the store as easily as possible and the escalator helps. Yet to then rely on us to make...
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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.