This Wednesday we’ve changed the It Pays To Watch schedule to focus on Financial Self Defence. As well as savings, loans & mortgages, we’ll be looking at Section 75 credit card protection (and we’re about to publish a major new guide to it on the site too). Now you can’t do a programme like this without a...
IMPORTANT UPDATE. This blog is now out of date…. The are your savings safe guide, has a special section, updated three times a day on all the issues impacting Icelandic bank custsomers. All Updates: All latest info in the full Icesave, Kaupthing, Heritable section _________________________________________________ The site is burning with confused Icesave savers today, rightly worried about...
Just watched the Sunday night edition of X-factor. In it, whether the acts get through or not, they call home on (what looks like) their mobiles with the loudspeaker on so we can hear their families’ reaction. Yet this is done in the Carribean, Canne, Dublin, St Tropez…. so it’s all roaming calls, and I doubt they’ve...
It’s the first chance I’ve had to blog this. Last Tue, I nipped out of MSE Towers, which is in Shepherds Bush (West London) on weekly e-mail day to do a quick interview for the ITN evening news on Bradford & Bingley. As telly requires this to be near a branch, and the nearest was on Kensington...
My days at the moment are frantic. At one point I got off a train at 4pm having not had lunch, needed money, and was late for a meeting. Heading to the cash machine, papers everywhere, I felt a tap on my shoulder. I turned round and a lady with blonde hair in a trouser suit was...
The last twelve months have been an annus horribilis when it comes to energy prices. The first big jumps came in January then there was a huge tranche of in some cases 30% plus rises around August. As I explain in the Compare Gas & Electricity guide one of the major ways to prevent your bill for...
The nature of TV means clothes have a relatively short life span and I often need identical items, as if I’m filming long hours for a number of days in a row, I have to wear the same things. As I needed a couple of new pairs of jeans, that actually meant four. Before shopping I nipped...
Thursdays are meant to be a slightly more relaxed day for me. On Tuesday I have my GMTV slots and the mammoth work behind the weekly e-mail on Wednesdays it’s full paced scripting, rehearsing then filming It Pays To Watch, and Thursday is meant to be catch up day. Sadly my easy Thursdays are long gone. So...
HOORAH! At 18:28 today, the 2,500,000 person joined this site’s weekly tips email. That’s 1,027,000 more than at the same time 365 days ago. What do you call 2,500,000? It feels like it should be a special number with its own name… like a quarter of a Tenmillion. This landmark means MoneySavingExpert.com’s now at a scale similar...
Well done Tesco credit card. A MoneySaver, Simon, has just forwarded an e-mail he got from it about the XL holiday firm collapse. Rather surprisingly, the company is actually informing its customers they can claim from it under Section 75 of the consumer credit act (see Consumer Rights guide) that says the card issuer is jointly liable...
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12 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.