Is it time to ban Christmas presents?

Update 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...

Someone turn the heat on!

Right, that’s it – this really has gone on for too long. I’ve had the sniffles for about five weeks; which then manifested into the flu. To clarify, for any women reading, it is the genuine flu not man flu – temperature above 102 for five days and it was only this Monday that I was back...

Most inconvenient illness

I’m writing this blog from my bed, duvet pulled up, temperature of 102, pounding head, weak limbs, cough that’s like a stabbing knife. From memory it’s my first day off sick in the last three years, and it couldn’t have come at a worse time. Tomorrow morning at 7am the OFT will announce whether it’s continuing with...

Martyn Lewis, the man people most want to lead them out of the recession

I suspect the former newsreader is quaking in his boots today… the following story appeared in the Mirror… Public want money guru Martyn Lewis to lead Britain out of recession, poll says MONEY guru Martyn Lewis is the person the public want to lead Britain out of recession. They believe he would manage Britain’s coffers better than...

Tunechecker.com ltd – a new company…

A few eagle eyed users have noticed the note in the footer of my new TuneChecker download comparison site. This website is operated by Tunechecker.com Limited, a company wholly owned by Martin Lewis In other words, it’s a separate company from MoneySavingExpert.com, even though it’s developed and maintained by MSE. In fact, it’s technically my first new...

MoneySavingExpert in Poundland shopping spree shocker!

I do love the new Poundland that’s opened near MSE towers (note this is a personal view not an official MSE researched tip). Mrs MSE and I have been there twice now and there’s something almost a wee bit addictive about it. It’s a very well laid out shop and the low homogenous price point makes it...

The Bank of Martin Lewis?

I just received this email, and bizarrely, it’s only one of many on a similar vein, so I thought it was time to jot down a reply. Dear Martin Can we not start our own bank? I would BUT I am just me and you would be able to get everyone on board quickly. There were millions...

Michael McIntyre – a celebrity with principles

The last line of this article says it all – a celebrity with principles http://celebrity.aol.co.uk/2009/12/06/michael-mcintyre-refuses-debt-collectors-gig/ I don’t know if it’s true, but if so I want to stand up and applaud the man. My suspicion is it is though – as you’ll see from these two blogs – Michael McIntyre Closet MoneySaver and Mocked on Mock the...

Eunice Huthart!

Watched a recording of the new BBC1 drama Paradox on Sat and am enjoying it. Yet at the end, as the credits scrolled I thought I spotted the name “Eunice Huthart”. I grabbed the remote and rewound it, and indeed I was right, she was the stunt co-ordinator. If you don’t know who she is – don’t...

Cheap Grande Marque Champagne skews the demand curve

I spent last night at the LSE, where I’m a governor, chairing a lecture on Scroogenomics by a Professor from Wharton School of Business. I started mulling over supply and demand curves, specifically relating to the cheap champagne deals where both Moet and Bollinger are half price (making them £14 and £18 respectively). I’ve written in the...