I’m worried the banks have bunged some money to Microsoft… the auto-correct on Word seems to want to disempower some of the site’s reclaim campaigns. I was just typing an answer about PPI reclaiming for my News of the World column and it changed it to… “This type of nasty payment protection insurance misspelling is common” Somehow...
‘Doing millionaire’…. Tonight… and I’m petrified
Update Note Sept 09. Well it’s been a long time since (this blog was written in Jan 09) we recorded it, but the transmission date is now set and it’ll be shown on Tue 15 Sep if you want to watch. I’m recording “Charity Who wants to be a millionaire” tonight. I thought I’d better blog it...
Are Irish banks safe… including the Post Office?
Update Note 5 June 2009: In the past week, financial strength agency Moody’s has downgraded some Irish Banks (read full MSE News story) and after a record pre-tax loss was announced, the Irish government decided to inject 4 billion Euros into Anglo Irish Bank (read full Guardian article). Update Note 14 April 2009: Lib Dems warn over...
Diluting Champagne is MoneySaving.
Here’s a valuable MoneySaving lesson – unfortunately its application is quite specific so I’m not sure how useful it’ll be for everyone. I was filming for ITV1 Tonight yesterday, a programme I’m doing for Friday 6 Feb on savings. It’s being put together on a very tight deadline, so we’re doing quite a lot on the hoof....
Is Consumer Focus in British Gas’ pockets?
Of course, the answer’s no, but you’d be hard-pressed not to ask such a question after its press release yesterday. The official consumer group that has taken over from Energywatch has singularly FAILED in its first big test. Why Energywatch, one of the few official consumer bodies that actually had teeth, has been replaced by this flaccid...
I look older, uglier and fatter on TV
Coming out of GM-TV the other day, I walked past the tail end of the queue of people waiting to go into Loose Women. Sadly, they’d run out of space, and a few of the women at the end had been turned away. As I passed, one started to talk to me. Her comment was simple, “you...
Free Champagne for EVERYONE… no maybe not.
On Saturday night, we were out for dinner in an upmarket, swanky, slightly dark meeja type place, to celebrate the birthday of one of the MSF’s oldest friends. She works in the high-end “fashion darling….” industry. I had the MSF on my left, and on my right, a woman who works for a very high end Bond...
Cleopatra – comin’ atcha
I’ve noticed a rather disturbing trend. When a member of the editorial team sends me something to review or tweak, I often say to them “I’ve Cleopatra’d it” – referring to the song by the girl band, ie “it’s coming atcha” This has been almost semi-conscious and even though I’ve now realised quite how naff it is,...
We’ve hit the big 3,000,000!
I’ve just come back from a lunch meeting to discover we cracked a new landmark. There are now 3,000,000 people being sent the weekly email. It’s a staggering number, not far from 1 in 10 working adults in the UK. As always I’m very proud of the site, my MSE team, and what we’ve achieved, and huge...
I’ve given up trying to fight “the credit crunch”
There are some battles you just can’t win. As I blogged back in June (see the credit crunch and other myths), “the credit crunch” is being incorrectly used as a general term to describe all economic woes. Back then I vowed to fight: to keep trying to use the term only when referring to the lack of...
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Martin Lewis: Is it time to ban unnecessary Christmas presents?5 December 2022Update 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...
Martin Lewis: The one thing everyone aged over 66 needs to know29 November 2022It is a national tragedy that getting on for a million pensioners, many of whom have been paying into the system for years, are missing out on a critical boost to their income. It's called pension credit, and this year it also means you get an extra £650 to help with energy bills.