Following on from yesterday’s TV is frustrating blog, this morning on GMTV I was much happier with my performance. Yet I can’t believe what just happened. The One O’Clock news I rarely do BBC TV, as I tend to be seen as a face of ITV and Five. So it was a surprise to be invited today...
I’m feeling annoyed with myself after my GMTV slot this morning. Having done energy capping yesterday in a way I was really proud of, there was so much interest they wanted me on again. I had three minutes, as many people were confused, and sadly I think I probably hindered rather than helped. Part of the problem...
I was interviewed by a newspaper today about combating inflation and keeping your big bills cheap. She asked about home phone bills and I decided it wasn’t a priority – certainly not a top five issue. Yet when I first started as Money Saving Expert in 2000, home phone bills were one of the big ‘uns. My...
My friend Rufus (not a real name to protect anonymity) who’s a broadcaster, was talking about his pension scheme the other day. It promises that for every pound contributed it will match it up to a maximum 5% of his salary. Yet for three years Rufus hasn’t been putting money in. I was shocked; this is free...
I was on GM-TV this morning with Hamfatter, the band Peter Jones invested £75,000 in on last night’s Dragon’s Den, for a 30% share of their future earnings. It made me muse on the nature of the investment… If this were a non-televised programme, would they have invested in a band? Bands’ sales are driven by publicity,...
My lovely niece Kim, aged thirteen, was in Manchester’s Traffford centre with a couple of friends. She was approached by a girl handing out ‘win a makeover and photo session!’ type leaflets, which of course the three girls jumped at. They filled them in, and no surprise, moments later they emerged lucky winners. The obvious catch… My...
I’m writing this feeling slightly blurry. For the last two nights sadly I’ve not been able to sleep, and as anyone who’s suffered from insomnia knows, it’s self perpetuating as the worry about not sleeping drives you to stay awake. Sadly it’s come at a time of lots of work pressure; I’m filming a few different things...
On Sunday the MSF and I were at lunch to celebrate a family birthday, and at the next table was a birthday party for a man who’d hit 90. They had a video camera and I heard one asking him “what would you say was the greatest invention of your lifetime?” I didn’t hear the answer, but...
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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.