Even I’m not immune to the power of loyalty cards.

There’s a chapter in the Money Diet called “Forget Loyalty”. I’ve ranted about it on telly and radio countless times, yet I must admit, even I’m not immune to the power of certain loyalty marketing promotions. GM-TV is filmed at London Television Studios. On a Tuesday I go in for 7.30, do my live slot and then...

The Busiest Media Week I’ve ever had…

Reflecting on my last blog, it occurred to me part of the reason for the lack of texts may’ve been because it’s just about the busiest media week I’ve ever had. It’s no wonder I’m writing this on Sunday night, feeling quite exhausted and desperately trying to catch up on everything else that needs doing.

Why does no one text me anymore?

Working on TV is one of the few jobs where everyone you know can see what you do for a living. In the old days when I used to do a TV programme, especially a big one like Tonight which is on between the two Coronation Streets, I’d get lots of texts from people saying they’d seen...

Getting political about council tax

I’m just going off to record the voice over for this evening’s Tonight (ITV1 8pm) that I’m presenting. It’s called Council Tax cover up, and it’s a slight (though not huge) departure for me. This time last year I did my Council Tax Cashback programme, revealing my ten minute check ‘n’ challenge system to see if you’re...

Carol Barnes Get Well Soon

Update Note: Carol Barnes Sadly Missed. Sat 8 March I wish I wasn’t writing to update this. Very sadly the tradgic news was announced today that Carol has died at the tender age of 63. My thoughts go to her family. Rest in peace Carol. The Original Blog: Carol Barnes Get Well Soon Having been filming hard...

The Unbanked: A national disgrace

It’s the 21st century and the internet is a dominant, potent force yet there are still hundreds of thousands of people without bank accounts in the UK. I’ve been pondering this recently because of both the Bank Charges case and the recent Ofcom announcement and court cases regarding higher charges for not paying via Direct Debit on...

Over £1bn worth of Wedding loans this year… not good

Debt isn’t bad, bad debt is bad. That’s one of my constant mantras. Yet I still can’t help feeling a little depressed when I read the press release from Sainsbury Financial – no doubt trying to flog its own not best buy products – see Cheapest Loans for those – which lists the horrid prospect that over £1bn will be borrowed for weddings this year.

Out, damn spot!

I’m not sure whether this means I’ve reached the depths or made it. While I was having my make up done for It Pays To Watch, the make-up artist, Justine, saw a small spot on my neck and pronounced that it couldn’t stay. I volunteered to deal with the offender myself, but she swiftly and professionally dispatched...