While doing a little preparatory work for upcoming e-mails, I stumbled across the note below. It was my intro “hiya” note from the top of the tip of 28 Dec 07… “2008 is likely to be the worst financial year in a long time. Sorry to be so gloomy in betwixt the festivities, but with the credit...
Also see the guide: How to fight unfair rate-jacking The UK credit-card summit called by Peter Mandelson a few weeks ago had some rather paltry results. Now, as I’ll explain in a moment, the US has launched a similar new set of rules and perhaps we can learn something from them. Our own summit produced very weak...
Hoorah. I’ve just hit my target of losing a stone, not a Money Diet but a real one. It all started when I saw myself on the beach in a friend’s wedding video, and my belly didn’t resemble my own self image. So I immediately said to the MSF “I’m on a diet”. She asked “when?” and...
Today we heard Tesco is reducing 1,000 lines by up to 50%. House of Fraser doing something similar, and of course there’s the Woolworths closing down sale. Is this finally the beginning of pre-Christmas sales? You may be surprised by that question; after all, the one day sales and shopping vouchers deals notes on the site have...
Rather bizarrely I’ve noticed a trend of people asking me to sign five pound notes. It happened again recently. The MSF and I had gone to the food hall in the Westfield shopping centre to have a ‘sort it yourself salad’ (I’m on a mini-diet… more on that another time) and were playing Scrabble (I won 436-322 this time, which is good as the MSF’s been doing too well in recent games).
I’ve just booked BA business class return flights to the USA for the MSF and I, for a total of £600; the cash price is £4,500. Sadly, this isn’t a deal anyone can grab hold of, as it was with BA Miles and it’s made me re-evaluate the British Airways American Express credit card as an even...
The team and I found out yesterday that the planned series four of It Pays To Watch on Five isn’t going to happen. It was quite likely to be the last series anyway, as I’d already discussed that the additional workload it added was too much, but that’s been overtaken by commercial pressures from new management at...
During one of our regular scrabble games (see past ‘I scored 596 at Scrabble: why does it depress me?’ and ‘Rude words in my new Scrabble dictionary’ scrabble blogs) I used the term “DELINKED” as an eight letter word scoring me around 90 points. The MSF challenged this saying she’d never heard of it. I explained it...
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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.