A note of comfort for anyone getting older
Sometimes maths is wonderful. We were out the other day with some of the MSGs friends in their mid-20s; they were teasing about my decrepit status of mid-30s. Yet here comes the maths bit, as I explained in fact they were ageing far more quickly than me… You see, in a year they’ll be 26 which is...
January is starting to look really scary!
I love my work, but there comes a point when the sheer load is intimidating. And January is one of those times. It’s a difficult call to know what to do; everything is exciting, yet having had a few health issues this year due to over work and stress, looking ahead does make me gulp with a...
Can you find me a picture of a baboon’s bum?
There are some things you never think you’ll say in a work context (or privately for that matter!); yet at 7pm on Tuesday I found myself saying: “Can you quickly find me a picture of a baboon’s bum?” It’s all J-Lo’s fault It all came about because I was writing a note on A&L’s new savings account...
“A personal brand money site… it’ll never work!” Now they’re all at it.
When I set up this site in 2003, I remember a few industry voices said what’s the point of what they called “a personal brand money site”. At the time, this high falutin’ title seemed a bit much; I wasn’t setting up a specific branded site, I was setting up a glorified home page I ran by myself, to support my print and broadcast work as Money Saving Expert.
Delicious Irony: Getting a ‘Great Briton Award’ from a bank
A press release just dropped into my inbox: I’d not known a word about it before, but it brought a huge smile to my face (and a wee bit of pride too). Every year, ‘Morgan Stanley’ Great Britons awards are given for seven categories of achievement in public life, and in the awards press release (which I’ve...
Downshift challenge failure
Last week the MSG was on a programme called “Cooking the Books” on Five TV, presented by Jeremy Edwards. On it she was asked “surely going out with the money saving man, your cupboards are bare, as he won’t buy anything?” The MSG, I’m very proud to announce, replied something akin to, “it’s not about not spending...
22p a can lager, get drunk for £1. MoneySaving or MoneyWasting?
This weekend’s papers are full of the fact that there’s a supermarket price war in the dirt-cheap lager market. Asda’s now dropped the price of its cheapest lager to 22p a can, and all the main supermarkets now sell their no-frills equivalent brand for about the same cost. There’s much gnashing of teeth and righteous indignation. Yet...
Ethical Schmethical… The Co-op’s new ‘Think’ ethical credit card
I’ve just taken a look at the new supposedly ethical credit card launched by the Co-Op bank… What a load of nonsense; it’s about as ethical as my bottom. Of course the Co-Op is an ethical bank with regards to its investment policy; yet to hype this card in this way is shocking…
Now I’ve DDOSsed someone!
After the nightmare this site’s had with the malicious DDOS attack a fortnight ago, I must admit to feeling a little bad. In this week’s tip one of the main articles was Cheapest Mobiles and one of the main links in there is the use of the mobile comparison site One Compare. Sadly as the email goes...
We’ve lost the stigma of borrowing but not the stigma of debt.
The other day I was called by a journalist doing a story on the credit crunch and its impact on borrowers. After a while they admitted they too had substantial debts and it was a big worry and we discussed the real stigma attached to admitting it. Yet there’s no stigma to borrowing; after all we now...
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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.